ESG Data Guide 2023

MSCI - Climate and Net-Zero Solutions by MSCI

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Indices/Exchange data
  • Rankings
  • Ratings
  • Verification/certification data
  • Regulation

The data offers solutions for:

  • Carbon footprinting
  • Climate scenario analysis
  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Nature-based information
  • Nature-based information: Biodiversity
  • Nature-based information: Land use
  • Nature-based information: Oceans
  • Nature-based information: Water
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: EU Regulations
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

Navigate the climate transition at every stage: We deliver data, models and research-based insights that aim to untangle the complexity of the low-carbon transition to help clients manage risks, capture opportunities, align with regulatory requirements, and back climate commitments with action. Our climate data and analytics, including forward-looking metrics and forecasting tools, are designed to enable clients to measure, monitor and manage climate-related risks and opportunities consistently across industries, portfolios, lending books, investments, and enterprises. 

Breadth and depth: MSCI offers over 900 climate change metrics that draw on multi-asset class data covering more than 4 million financial securities, more than 60,000 companies and issuers with subsidiaries, and around 55,000 ETFs and other funds, including 95% of market capitalization in equity and fixed income, as of August 2022. We also offer provisional climate data on demand for private assets.

Align with regulatory reporting: We provide data and insights designed to align with the European Union’s sustainable finance regulation, including SFDR Adverse Impact, EU Taxonomy Alignment, MiFID II, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Disclosure, EBA Pillar 3 requirements, as well as emerging disclosure frameworks in every region. We also design our products to align with voluntary frameworks such as the TCFD, PCAF, ISSB, TNFD and the U.N. Race to Zero alliances.

A multidimensional view: Our climate metrics and tools include carbon emissions and footprinting, climate scenario analysis (including Climate Value-at-Risk and NGFS scenarios), carbon emissions attribution, low carbon transition risk, Implied Temperature Rise, clean tech metrics, fossil fuel screens, financed emissions, target metrics, net-zero progress reports, biodiversity and deforestation screening metrics and other datasets. Clients can drill down into different signals to understand the underlying drivers behind metrics and compare issuers against peers.


Where and how do you source your data?

Data standardization: Our 620 full-time equivalent analysts and technologists vet, validate and analyze our climate and ESG data with the aim to ensure its reliability and usefulness for investment decision-making. They use technology to monitor public documents and third-party datasets as well as to extract value from unstructured data in the public domain.

The MSCI Climate Risk Center in Zurich with more than 40 specialists bring together some of the best minds in quantitative finance and climate science to build new types of models and analytics for pricing climate risk, allocating capital, and advancing understanding of how a changing climate and the energy transition influence markets. Innovations include advanced climate scenario analysis models for quantifying transition and physical risk as well as forward-looking portfolio alignment metrics such as MSCI Implied Temperature Rise.

Innovation collaboration: We work with both Microsoft and Google Cloud to develop platforms designed to help clients analyze, visualize, interpret and extract value from massive climate, emissions, performance and location datasets. Other data collaborators include CDP, GIST, NatureAlpha, GeoQuant, ELEVATE, Evora Global and CRREM to name a few. 

What is the cost for your data offering?

Please contact to learn more.

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

Client-connector: MSCI is the climate data provider to 46 of the World’s Top 50 Asset Managers.[1]Our client base includes leading asset managers, asset owners, sovereign wealth funds, banks and insurance companies.  Our position at the intersection of capital markets deepens the data and insights available to clients and differentiates solutions from MSCI.

Research-based: We publish hundreds of research-based insights each year dedicated to helping clients understand and use data and metrics from MSCI to take climate change into account and make sustainability part of their strategies.

Data and technology frontier: We have transformative technology that brings all of MSCI’s data, insights and models together so you can make informed and clear decisions that significantly impact your business.

[1] MSCI ESG Research’s climate solutions are used by 46 of the top 50 world’s largest Asset Managers as determined by Willis Towers Watson report “The world’s largest 500 asset managers, Joint study with Pensions & Investments.” AUM and rankings calculated as of December 2021. Report published October 2022. MSCI Clients as of September 2022


Cut through the climate complexity and navigate with metrics that fit your strategy. Learn more about MSCI climate indexes here