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IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

A Marquee Global Fund Sees Too Much Risk in Not Divesting

In recommending last week that oil stocks be excluded from its equity benchmark index, Norges Bank, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) manager, has moved oil stocks from a mainstream investment to a speculative grade risk. If Norway’s Finance Ministry and Parliament agree, GPFG will still invest in oil and gas stocks, but under […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

35% of Assets Reallocated Can Go Into High-Growth Sector; Risks Can Be Responsibly Managed; Possibilities Include Stocks, Index Funds and Infrastructure

Aug. 30, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report urging Norway to allocate more of its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) assets to the fast-growing global renewable energy market. The report — “How Renewable Energy Holdings Can Contribute to the Growth of Norway’s Pension Fund in […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

The Sector is Growing, Returns Are Reliable, the Outlook is Positive

We published a report this morning that highlights how Norway is at a historic crossroads in how it manages some of its vast national wealth bound up in the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). Indeed, GPFG is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as Parliament considers whether to enact a mandate that would have […]

Coal Industry Arguably ‘Poorest-Performing Sector’ in Global Economy: New IEEFA Analysis

Coal Industry Arguably ‘Poorest-Performing Sector’ in Global Economy: New IEEFA Analysis

A ‘clear, effective and achievable’ mandate by Norway's Parliament is seen as the most effective way to limit losses from an energy sector in deep decline; Fiduciary duties are emphasized; Industry’s growing opposition to climate science is noted

CLEVELAND, May 18, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today urged the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to reduce its exposure to fossil-fuel risk by divesting more of its coal-related holdings. A new IEEFA report, “The Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global,” presents […]

May 17, 2015 Read More →
Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis View in Norwegian.

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IEEFA Op-Ed: ‘Pension Funds, Sell Your Gas and Oil Stock’

Former Blue-Chip Investments Bear a Greater Resemblance Now to Speculative Holdings

Last month, Norway’s $1 trillion pension fund announced plans to drop oil and gas stocks from its core benchmark stock portfolio. The move was of note because it served as an important acknowledgement by a major institutional investor that such holdings have lost their status as mainstream, blue-chip investments and are now considered speculative. It […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

A Marquee Global Fund Sees Too Much Risk in Not Divesting

In recommending last week that oil stocks be excluded from its equity benchmark index, Norges Bank, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) manager, has moved oil stocks from a mainstream investment to a speculative grade risk. If Norway’s Finance Ministry and Parliament agree, GPFG will still invest in oil and gas stocks, but under […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →

Big Oil, ‘Unloved and On Sale’

Sydney Morning Herald: Big Oil is under pressure, unloved and on sale. Energy giants from Exxon Mobil to Royal Dutch Shell are struggling back to their feet after a three-year oil slump, while also fighting to prove they can survive for decades to come amid an accelerating shift to clean energy. So getting dumped by […]

November 17, 2017 Read More →

$1 Trillion Norwegian Fund Weighs Dropping Oil and Gas Stocks

Dow Jones: Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund said on Thursday it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager. The Norwegian central bank, which uses the fund to invest the proceeds of the country’s oil industry, said that investing money back into […]

November 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

35% of Assets Reallocated Can Go Into High-Growth Sector; Risks Can Be Responsibly Managed; Possibilities Include Stocks, Index Funds and Infrastructure

Aug. 30, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report urging Norway to allocate more of its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) assets to the fast-growing global renewable energy market. The report — “How Renewable Energy Holdings Can Contribute to the Growth of Norway’s Pension Fund in […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Report Details Investment Opening for Norway

Reuters: Norway’s $970-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, should allocate a bigger share of its investments to renewable energy to boost returns, a U.S. energy policy think-tank said in a report on Wednesday. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) also said Norway’s parliamentary elections on Sept. 11 would provide an opportunity […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →

Norway, Seat of World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund, Urged to Modernize Its Investment Strategy, Including on Renewables

Reuters: Jobs, taxes and schools will be top of Norwegian voters’ minds when they go to the polls on Sept. 11, but it’s what to do about the nearly $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund that may be the next parliament’s biggest challenge. The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, pooling Norway’s revenues from oil and gas production, […]

August 18, 2017 Read More →

Norway Dodges an Opportunity

Bloomberg News: The Norwegian government is resisting calls for its $873 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, to add unlisted infrastructure projects to its portfolio of stocks, bonds and real estate. It should relent, recognizing both the financial and societal benefits from expanding the universe of potential investments available to the fund. But what […]

April 7, 2017 Read More →

Norway Government Digs in Against Renewable Infrastructure Investment, Ensuring ‘Further Debate on This Topic’

Reuters: The minority government repeated it was opposed to letting the fund invest in unlisted infrastructure such as roads, bridges and wind farms, due to the political risk these investments may carry and their high transaction costs. It had opposed loosening the rules in last year’s review but lawmakers had said the question should be […]

March 31, 2017 Read More →

Norway’s Pension Fund Considers Divesting From Firms Facing Climate Risk

Reuters: The ethics watchdog for Norway’s $900-billion sovereign wealth fund will recommend this year that the fund exclude or put on a watch list several firms in the oil, cement and steel industries for emitting too much greenhouse gas. Carbon emissions are a new criteria for the fund, which was built up from the proceeds […]

March 9, 2017 Read More →