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Bentley Kaplan

Bentley Kaplan

Vice President, MSCI Research

Bentley Kaplan researches and writes about ESG-related trends in transportation and is a co-host of MSCI’s ESG Now podcast. Before joining MSCI, he designed projects to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. Bentley holds a doctorate in zoology from the University of Cape Town, with a focus in human-wildlife conflict.

Research and Insights

Articles by Bentley Kaplan

    A Turbulent Plan for Green Aviation

    Podcast | Jul 31, 2023 | Michael Disabato, Bentley Kaplan

    Airlines have been offering customers with the option to purchase carbon credits or to support sustainable aviation fuel as they are buying a plane ticket. The airlines claim in doing so, the customer can lower the emissions of their trip and thereby lessen its impact on climate change. Sounds great! But, is that true? Are your emissions really lowered by those carbon credits? And can airlines use the promise of abated emissions, or better yet, sustainable fuels, to claim they are already carbon neutral? On this episode, we discuss aviation’s ambitious climate plans, why some of the advertising around these plans has gotten the industry in to legal trouble, and what the future holds for airlines and passengers that are worried about their carbon emissions.

    The ESG of a Train’s Toxic Plume

    Podcast | Feb 17, 2023 | Bentley Kaplan

    The derailment of a train carrying possibly hazardous materials near East Palestine, Ohio on February 3 has prompted environmental concerns and chemical fears for residents. They have returned home but even as state officials work to reassure them, many remained concerned. The curious thing about all this is Norfolk Southern, the company that operated the train, did not have to label the rail cars carrying the chemicals as hazardous – which would have prompted more safety regulations to be in place. We discuss why the company didn’t have to do this (hint: regulatory thresholds) and what this derailment means for an industry already struggling with labor relations issues.