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FTSE creates new low carbon investment tools

16 Jun 2009

FTSE has launched new capital investment tools to help investors identify and gain exposure to the environmental technology sector.

Climate change is a key issue on political agendas across the globe, in turn creating new investment opportunities in low carbon sectors, the company said in a statement. The move comes at a time when climate change and environmental concerns are at a global high and clean technology opportunities are of increasing interest to investors worldwide.

The new tools aim to support global capital markets’ response to developing a low carbon economy, the company said. They include the world’s first global environmental markets industry classification system, designed to allow companies to be classified by sector and sub sector according to the environmental products and services they provide.

In addition, seven new equity indices which use the new environmental markets classification have also been created.

The introduction of the classification system allows those companies who provide environmental products, activities and services to be identified more easily, facilitating a peer to peer comparison on a global, regional and pan-regional basis, according to FTSE.

The system also provides a basis for the creation of sector-based investment products such as ETFs, mutual funds and derivatives products.

FTSE manages over 120,000 equity, bond and alternative asset class indices. The company has offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Beijing, Boston, Shanghai, Madrid, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Tokyo.

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