Chris leads research on the energy sector for the Americas ESG and climate research team at MSCI. Prior to joining MSCI, he advised clients on global energy-market fundamentals and pricing developments. Chris has extensive experience conducting energy and climate research. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
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Articles by Chris Cote
Assessing Clean Tech for ‘S’ and ‘G’2 mins read Quick Take | Nov 29, 2022 |
The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act has ignited interest in developers of clean tech and low-carbon solutions. But what do the differences in the abilities of these firms to manage financially-relevant social and governance risks imply?
What COP27 Means for Companies and Investors9 mins read Blog | Nov 21, 2022 |
COP27 underscored the need for action on corporate climate pledges, the importance of data and a series of initiatives to spur public and private investment for developing countries. We review some of the key developments for companies and investors.
Net-Zero Alignment: Engaging on Climate ChangeResearch Report | Nov 7, 2022 |
Engagement, in tandem with capital allocation, is a key lever for institutional investors who wish to pursue net-zero targets.
TCFD-Aligned Climate Risk ReportingResearch Report | Jul 25, 2022 |
An increasing number of institutions have started to disclose climate-related risks and opportunities in alignment with TCFD recommendations. MSCI ESG Research data and metrics can be used at the portfolio, sector and security level to support the TCFD reporting framework.
What the War in Ukraine Could Mean for Net-Zero InvestingResearch Report | May 16, 2022 |
Among the devastating effects of the Russia-Ukraine war is the potential to derail the world from its already difficult path to net-zero. We analyzed how the war could affect the world’s carbon emissions and decarbonization efforts — and investors.
Could Europe’s Shift from Russian Gas Accelerate Climate-Transition Risk?5 mins read Blog | Mar 30, 2022 |
Europe’s search for energy sources outside of Russia may slow the low-carbon transition in the short term. Staying within a net-zero cumulative emissions budget would mean fewer emissions later. What might this path mean for investors’ portfolios?
Companies May Not Be Ready for SEC Climate-Disclosure Rules5 mins read Blog | Mar 29, 2022 |
The SEC proposed requirements for U.S. companies to disclose certain climate-related risks, beginning in 2024. To assess whether companies are prepared to meet these requirements, we looked at the emission-disclosure rates of a large sample of U.S. equities.
Constructing Net-Zero Portfolios: Three Approaches4 mins read Blog | Sep 30, 2021 |
While investors around the world are committing to bring the carbon footprints of their portfolios to net-zero by 2050, figuring out how to do so is not a simple matter. What alternatives do investors have?