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Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Those of a certain age may recall Dallas, a 1980s US soap opera about a dysfunctional oil-rich family headed by the scheming JR Ewing.
02-06-2020 | Stunning statistics
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
The price of US oil temporarily dipped below zero for the first time in history, which means an oil supplier has to pay someone to take it off their hands.
21-04-2020 | Insight
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Royal Dutch Shell has stepped up its plans to become carbon neutral following investor engagement led by Robeco and the Church of England.
17-04-2020 | Insight
Engagement is an important tool for climate change risks
Engagement is an important tool for climate change risks
More companies are making greater efforts to set ambitious decarbonization targets, Robeco’s engagement specialists say.
30-03-2020 | Insight
Is oil-rich Norway paying the price?
Is oil-rich Norway paying the price?
Sustainability is often full of contradictions, as can be seen in the case of an oil-rich country which is warming faster than others – Norway.
23-03-2020 | Stunning statistics
Robeco launches evocative sustainability campaign
Robeco launches evocative sustainability campaign
You don’t have to give up palm oil or plastics.
16-03-2020 | Interview
The paradox of sustainable investing in mining
The paradox of sustainable investing in mining
Investors need to work with miners and not against them to cut carbon footprints, says portfolio manager Chris Berkouwer.
28-02-2020 | Insight
Climate partnerships needed between company boards and investors
Climate partnerships needed between company boards and investors
A partnership between companies and investors is essential if climate change targets are to be met.
20-01-2020 | Insight
Biodiversity and mining among engagement themes for 2020
Biodiversity and mining among engagement themes for 2020
Protecting biodiversity and improving mining safety form part of Robeco’s new engagement campaign for 2020.
13-01-2020 | Insight
Global warming accelerates as emissions hit new records
Global warming accelerates as emissions hit new records
Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are higher than ever before, two new studies have found.
16-12-2019 | Stunning statistics
The spy in the sky for deforestation
The spy in the sky for deforestation
Robeco has teamed up with a satellite data company to detect deforestation in palm oil plantations.
15-11-2019 | Insight
‘You need a command economy, and this goes against conventional wisdom’
‘You need a command economy, and this goes against conventional wisdom’
Chandran Nair is not one to pull his punches when it comes to dealing with the world’s problems.
11-11-2019 | Interview
Engaging with electric utilities on climate change strategies
Engaging with electric utilities on climate change strategies
Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy is a key element in limiting climate change.
17-10-2019 | Insight
Robeco joins investor call to save rainforest
Robeco joins investor call to save rainforest
Robeco is collaborating with other global investors to try to stop deforestation in Brazil.
18-09-2019 | Insight
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
The scale of global warming has been laid bare by the effect of the summer’s heatwave on the Arctic.
03-09-2019 | Stunning statistics
Stepping up safety in managing miners’ tailings dams
Stepping up safety in managing miners’ tailings dams
Robeco is stepping up its efforts to improve safety in the mining industry after 248 people were killed in a Brazilian tailings dam collapse this year.
28-08-2019 | Insight
Carbon Capture & Storage: removing CO2 on an industrial scale
Carbon Capture & Storage: removing CO2 on an industrial scale
We produce CO2 on an industrial scale, and we need to remove it on an industrial scale.
17-06-2019 | Insight
Robeco publishes Q1 2019 Active Ownership report
Robeco publishes Q1 2019 Active Ownership report
It’s been a busy first quarter for Robeco’s Active Ownership team, led by the launch of our engagement themes for 2019.
29-04-2019 | Active Ownership Report
Our approach to sustainable investing in palm oil
Our approach to sustainable investing in palm oil
Robeco has stepped up its engagement with the producers of palm oil to address sustainability issues in the industry.
04-03-2019 | Insight
Factor outperformance for more than two centuries
Factor outperformance for more than two centuries
To be considered relevant, a factor must first and foremost be backed by ample empirical evidence.
12-02-2019 | Research
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Trying to cut plastic pollution and the social impact of artificial intelligence are among four themes that Robeco will engage on this year.
04-02-2019 | Insight
The drone that can plant millions of trees
The drone that can plant millions of trees
A drone that can carpet bomb 100,000 tree seeds a day may solve the issue of deforestation in remote areas.
03-01-2019 | Stunning statistics
Robeco's Active Ownership realizes success with Shell
Robeco's Active Ownership realizes success with Shell
Robeco has been recognized for its critical role in persuading Royal Dutch Shell to significantly strengthen its measures to reduce its carbon footprint.
07-12-2018 | Insight
Two climate change issues most concern investors
Two climate change issues most concern investors
Two issues central to combatting climate change most concern investors, Robeco’s Active Ownership team warns in its quarterly report.
24-05-2018 | Insight
An inconvenient truth about stranded assets
An inconvenient truth about stranded assets
The world needs to wake up to the problem of trillions of dollars’ worth of stranded fossil fuel assets, says climate change campaigner Al Gore.
08-01-2018 | Insight
We need decarbonization, not divestment
We need decarbonization, not divestment
Assessing climate risks in an investment portfolio can be a hell of a job.
19-12-2017 | Insight
America a melting pot of opportunity mixed with stalemate
America a melting pot of opportunity mixed with stalemate
America is a melting pot of opportunity mixed in with political stalemate that will give its new president a difficult path to steer, says Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.
17-10-2016 | Insight
Extensive engagements with Royal Dutch Shell
Extensive engagements with Royal Dutch Shell
Like many companies in the oil and gas sector, Shell is facing a constant stream of allegations  related to environmental issues.
29-03-2016 | Insight
Strategic Allocation to Commodity Factor Premiums
Strategic Allocation to Commodity Factor Premiums
Commodities have become less popular for investors.
30-09-2014 | Research
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