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Insights and Analysis
We are building new alliances with experts in the ESG, climate and sustainable finance fields, which broaden Moody’s growing platform of risk assessment capabilities.

This increased cooperation and access to ESG data and research supports our commitment to sustainable finance and enhances our thought leadership on ESG considerations. Read some of our key research pieces below.
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Research Highlights
REITs can manage climate risk, investments needed to address growing challenges
01
september
2020
Increasing challenges will warrant additional investments in resiliency — and potentially portfolio reconfiguration. Read our report with data provided by Four Twenty Seven.
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Sustainable Finance
17
AugUST
2020
Global sustainable bond issuance totalled $99.9 billion in the Q2 2020, a new all-time quarterly record and 65% higher than Q1 this year.
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ESG Focus
23
July
2020
Q2 compilation highlighting the impact that COVID-19 will have on the future of ESG and credit.
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Coronavirus Pandemic will Sharpen Focus on ESG risks, with Increased Relevance to Credit
24
JUNE
2020
Coronavirus crisis will raise global prominence of ESG credit risks, with scrutiny extending beyond public health crises to other critical ESG issues, such as climate change and social inequality.
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Learn more about Moody’s Investors Service ESG approach
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Calculating the Economic Impact of Natural Disasters
REAL
TIME
The effects of storms and other natural disasters can range from mild, with losses driven primarily by economic disruption, to severe, with widespread destruction causing short-term challenges and potentially altering an economy’s long-term trajectory.
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How Will Climate Change Impact Banks?
15
november
2019
Climate change is likely to both disrupt the financial services industry and yield opportunities for the sector. To develop effective climate risk stress testing practices, banks must first understand the effect of climate events on financial interests.
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The Economic Implications of Climate Change
JUNE
2019
While climate change will likely cause productivity to fall in every country, many of the most negatively affected countries are emerging market economies.
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Climate Change and Wildfires: Projecting Future Wildfire Potential
06
AUGUST
2020
This analysis identifies regional trends and hotspots in wildfire potential under a changing climate, leveraging Four Twenty Seven’s first-of-its kind global dataset projecting wildfire potential out to 2040 at a granularity of approximately 25 x 25 kilometers.
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Racial Justice and Climate Change: Exposure
08
JUly
2020
This article will provide a brief overview of environmental injustice issues in the U.S., as well as highlight the disproportionate impacts of climate change on Black communities and people of color.
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Real Estate Climate Risks: How Will Europe be Impacted?
september
2019
Extreme weather events driven by climate change are having severe impacts that are increasingly being seen across Europe, with implications for real estate markets.
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Climate Risk, Real Estate and the Bottom Line
11
october
2018
Four Twenty Seven and real estate technology company GeoPhy announced the release of a data product that provides granular projections of the impacts of climate change on real estate investment trusts (REITs).
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Vigeo Eiris releases TCFD climate strategy assessment
24
SEPTEMBER
2020
The new assessment is designed to measure the extent to which climate related risks and opportunities are being reported on by companies.
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Vigeo Eiris Releases COVID-19 Dataset
18
JUNE
2020
Data can be used as a lens to view the extent to which a company is fundamentally prepared to manage the risks and opportunities that the pandemic presents over the medium and long term.
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ESG Score – JetBlue Airways
26
FEBRUARY
2020
Vigeo Eiris’ ESG scores used for JetBlue Airways’ Sustainability Linked Loan – the first in the aviation industry.
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Amazon Fires in a Global Context of Deforestation
september
2019
Findings show that investors should not only care for Amazon fires but also for deforestation in other vulnerable regions such as Indonesia and Malaysia, where the big majority of controversies are reported.
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