ISS ESG - Carbon Footprint Report

Data category

Environmental data

Brief description of the data offering

ISS ESG's Carbon Footprint Report provides a holistic analysis of the quantities and sources of greenhouse gas emissions of clients' public equity holdings against their custom benchmark. The client's portfolio will be analysed for its fossil fuel exposure based on ISS ESG's comprehensive data base of GHG emissions including more than 28,500 issuers asset classes. The data base includes both reported emissions data and modelled estimations for non-disclosed emissions, estimated using a sophisticated emissions modelling system, which includes over 800 climate-relevant sector and subsector-specific models. The modelling system was developed over the course of three years in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Reporting is available for equity and fixed income strategies.

ISS ESG's Carbon Footprint Report is designed to support investors that want to comply with key disclosure frameworks and guidelines, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the Montreal Pledge and the Swedish AP Funds.

In addition to direct and indirect emissions and emissions intensity metrics, the Carbon Footprint Report includes extensive benchmark comparisons, sector analysis, attribution analysis and a breakdown of the largest contributors. The PDF report is accompanied by a data spreadsheet containing key metrics, data source and a metric on the quality of the self-reported data and the model used.

Where and how do you source your data?

For scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions, ISS ESG collects self-reported GHG emissions data from publicly available sources, including corporate social responsibility reports, CDP, investor relations communications, websites and others. This data is assigned with a trust metric to indicate the quality of self-reported data.

For non-reporting companies, or those who report with a low trust metric, ISS ESG uses in-house emissions modelling methodology, allowing ISS ESG to calculate GHG emissions of companies based on those criteria most relevant to their line of business.

For scope 3 emissions data, ISS ESG uses in-house modelling system, which conceptually differentiates between emissions from upstream/downstream supply chains and emissions from the “use phase” of a company’s product or service.

Who are the data users?

Data is used by a broad range of institutional investors, asset managers, asset owners, fund managers, banks, government institutions, universities and research firms. 

What is the cost for your data offering?

Pricing is based on the method by which data is delivered. ISS ESG can provide data via its proprietary platform, DataDesk, or via data feed. Pricing for this solution is available upon request.

What are the key attributes that differentiates the data you offer?

  • A unique and sophisticated emissions modelling system
    ISS ESG utilizes a sophisticated approximation system to estimate emissions, including over 800 climate-relevant sector and subsector-specific models, allowing ISS ESG to calculate the GHG emissions of companies based on those criteria that are most relevant to their line of business.
  • Comprehensive Coverage
    ISS ESG’s data base of GHG emissions contains more than 28,500 issuers across a range of asset classes including listed companies and issuers of corporate debt.
  • Data Quality and Transparency
    ISS ESG’s granular emissions modelling system was developed over three years with scientists from ETH Zurich. ISS ESG is committed to applying the highest standards of greenhouse gas accounting capabilities with unmatched breadth and depth of investments coverage, verification and approximation. Additionally, ISS ESG helps to ensure transparency by including a trust and quality rating for every data point.
  • Experience
    ISS ESG has worked with financial market participants and governments to screen trillions of dollars in assets under management for their climate impact. ISS ESG partners with a wide range of other specialists on a non-exclusive base to complement our research and service with premier market offerings.
  • Expertise
    ISS ESG’s dedicated team of climate specialists are industry leaders on climate change issues. Members of the team have partnered in the 2° Investing Initiative, served as resources at various workgroups on financed emissions including the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, assisted in the development of ISO standards, and contributed to the works of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).


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