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ACF Explains – How the Renewable Energy Market Has Transformed Energy Efficiency

Renewable energy is super-abundant and should not contribute to the carbon footprint. Synergies between renewables and energy efficiency can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2050, which is why this combination of renewable plus efficiency is so critical. Total global energy consumption increased by 2.9% in 2018 vs. 2017 and will only increase further as the rate of population rises, which in turn amplifies concerns around sustainability and the politics of climate change. Companies will need to diversify their business activities in response to changing social priorities in the general population if they want to attract investors. Explicitly, institutional investors increasingly require any investment candidate to have a metrics driven Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policy as part of their core business. Our forecasts suggest that the total amount of ESG filtered investments available in 2020 will be $25.2 trillion…READ MORE


ACF Explains – ESG Policy Opportunity

By not having an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policy as part of your core business by 2018, your company was excluded from USD 17.5 trn of potential investment funds. Based on our forecast in 2019 no ESG policy excludes a company from USD 21 trn and in 2020 USD 25.2 trn potential investors cash. ESG has replaced CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) with a quantifiable set of metrics that investment/portfolio managers use as part of a screening process to measure a company’s sustainable business activities. Since its inception ESG has received measurable significant support from financial institutions (FIs). Retail investors are also joining a market previously dominated by institutional investors. Our forecasts suggest that the share of retail investment money (direct or indirect via PCBs or equivalents) will reach up to 33% of total ESG funds in 20E up from 25% in 18A…READ MORE


ACF Explains – COVID-19 Capital Markets

Global capital markets will recover much of their losses far quicker than anticipated by many, and ahead of any economic revival. On the 10th of March 2020 we began briefing corporates on the impact of COVID-19 on capital markets. In this update we extend the data to support our original analysis, which you can find in this note. COVID-19’s effect on the global stock markets was unexpected and unforeseen causing a market reaction that had not been experienced since the 2008 financial crisis. However, history shows us that market volatility is just a part of market behavior. All markets exhibit a ‘boom and bust’ trend as part of their stock market lifecycle. With government intervention and the introduction of fiscal stimuli, we can already see an uptick in the markets over the past couple of weeks. What we have seen over the years since the great depression is that the actual time it takes for markets to recover to a new all time high has been contracting...READ MORE


ACF Explains – Market Drivers U3O8

Uranium’s (U3O8) main use  is as a fuel in the production  of electricity by nuclear power stations. The uranium market is complex, illiquid (thinly traded) and opaque. Directly or indirectly State-controlled producers account for up to 70% of global production and these players do not have to follow economic logic unlike the companies without State subsidy. The majority of consumption (power stations) are geographically and often politically far from the majority of production (mines). Consumption growth requires decades-long investment cycles...READ MORE


ACF Explains – Investor Relations

Investor relations has become an increasingly important component of the communications mix for public companies. This is now reflected in the guidelines published by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) who now direct listed companies to publish a code of practice that they will abide by in their future communications with the City, Shareholders and other...READ MORE



ACF Explains – Public Relations

Public Relations is about reputation – the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you. Public Relations is the discipline which looks after reputation, with the aim of earning understanding and support and influencing opinion and behaviour. It is the planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain goodwill and mutual understanding betweenREAD MORE

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