Alternative Bank Schweiz (ABS) Case Study

Case Study: Carbon Footprinting Across All Asset Classes

The goal

ABS wanted to quantify its direct contribution to climate change, inspired by a South Pole study highlighting the role of the Swiss financial market in global climate change. Specifically, the objective was to determine the CO2 footprint of various investments made by ABS across asset classes.

The challenge

Assessing the carbon footprint of an entire investment portfolio going beyond equity holdings, to include public equity, fixed income, privately held companies, micro-financing and other alternative assets for which available data may be limited.

The solution

South Pole established the carbon footprint of ABS entire investment business by developing innovative methodologies to assess portfolio-wide impacts across fixed income, public equity, private equity, and micro-finance in close collaboration with the client. South Pole also supported presentation of the results of the analysis in ABS external communication and in their annual report.

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