We develop the first top-down method to estimate the greenness of financial portfolios, in terms of alignment to the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities. We also develop a method to estimate, at the same time, the portfolio exposure to climate transition risk. We provide sector-level, standardized and transparent coefficients for both estimates, based on definitions of greenness and transition risk that are applicable across countries. We analyse the portfolios of Euro Area investors in 2022, based on the confidential Securities Holdings Statistics of the European Central Bank. We find that, overall, the greenness of Euro Area investors’ portfolios is lower than their exposure to transition risk (2.8% vs. 11.7%). Across financial institutions, we estimate greenness and exposure to transition risk, respectively, at 3.2% and 12% for investment funds, at 0.8% and 5% for banks and at 4.8% and 15.1% for insurers. Our analysis also shows that investors with large amounts invested in green activities can have at the same time large exposures to transition risk.

Two sides of the same coin: Green Taxonomy alignment versus transition risk in financial portfolios

Alessi L.
Methodology
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Battiston S.
Methodology
2022-01-01

Abstract

We develop the first top-down method to estimate the greenness of financial portfolios, in terms of alignment to the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities. We also develop a method to estimate, at the same time, the portfolio exposure to climate transition risk. We provide sector-level, standardized and transparent coefficients for both estimates, based on definitions of greenness and transition risk that are applicable across countries. We analyse the portfolios of Euro Area investors in 2022, based on the confidential Securities Holdings Statistics of the European Central Bank. We find that, overall, the greenness of Euro Area investors’ portfolios is lower than their exposure to transition risk (2.8% vs. 11.7%). Across financial institutions, we estimate greenness and exposure to transition risk, respectively, at 3.2% and 12% for investment funds, at 0.8% and 5% for banks and at 4.8% and 15.1% for insurers. Our analysis also shows that investors with large amounts invested in green activities can have at the same time large exposures to transition risk.
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