This working paper frames the key challenges to analyzing the financial impacts of emerging environmental trends in South and Southeast Asia.
In 2008, a unique research collaboration between The World Resources Institute (WRI) — a leading environmental think tank —and HSBC — a major global financial institution — was formed to better understand the financial materiality of environmental trends affecting selected sectors in Asia. This research collaboration produced in-depth, peer-reviewed research on the impacts of climate change and water scarcity in South and Southeast Asia’s power, food and beverage, and real estate sectors.
This working paper draws on insights gained from the research as well as feedback from the region’s financial community, to frame the key challenges that analyze the financial impacts of emerging environmental trends in the region.
These challenges can be summarized as:
While these challenges are not specific to South and Southeast Asia, this report provides examples of analysis that incorporates environmental trends in the region and suggests practical steps to enhance and expand how Asian (and other emerging) financial markets are responding to emerging environmental issues.