China ESG - Weekly News: A total of 179 million tons of transactions in the China Carbon ETS market

A total of 179 million tons of transactions in the China carbon ETS market in 2021

On December 31, the 2021 annual transaction of the national carbon emissions trading market officially ended. From the launch of July 16 to December 31, the national carbon market has operated for 114 trading days, with a cumulative trading volume of carbon emission allowances (CEA) of 179 million tons and a cumulative trading volume of 7.661 billion yuan. Among them, three-quarters of the transactions occurred in December.

Regarding carbon prices, on December 31, the closing price of the national carbon market was 54.22 yuan/ton, an increase of 12.96% from the opening price of the first day, and more than half of the key emission units actively participated in market transactions.

Source: Security Times

CSI Released in total 91 ESG Indexes in 2021, 7 more to come in Jan 2022

As of the end of November 2021, China Securities Index has released a total of 91 ESG and other sustainability indexes, including 66 stock indexes, 24 bond indexes, and 1 multi-asset index.

CSI will officially release 5 SSE ESG indexes including the SSE 50 ESG Benchmark Index, SSE 180 ESG Benchmark Index, SSE 380 ESG Benchmark Index, SSE 180 ESG Leading Index and SSE 380 ESG Leading Index on January 24, 2022, As well as the Shanghai Stock Exchange New Energy Vehicle Industry Index and the Shanghai Stock Exchange New Energy Thematic Index, providing performance benchmarks and diversified investment targets for ESG and green investment.

Source: CSI

Singapore Exchange to mandates climate, board diversity disclosures

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) will start requiring companies to provide climate-related reporting as well as disclosures on board diversity from next year, the bourse said on Dec 15, 2021. All issuers must provide climate reporting on a "comply or explain" basis in their sustainability reports from the financial year starting 2022.

Climate reporting will become mandatory for issuers in the financial, agriculture, food and forest products, as well as energy industries from the financial year 2023. Those in materials and buildings, and transportation industries will have to comply from 2024.

They are required to describe the board diversity policy and give details such as targets, plans, timelines and progress in their annual reports.

Source: Reuters

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