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IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

IEEFA update: Norway’s GPFG sovereign fund to invest up to $14bn in unlisted renewables

IEEFA finance director says it is “good for the fund and the planet.”

NEW YORK, April 5, 2019 (IEEFA) — Norway’s decision today to allow the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to invest in unlisted renewable energy infrastructure represents a significant step by the world’s largest (US$ 1 trillion) pension fund, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The policy change will be presented for […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Norway tightens coal investment rules, expands renewable options for sovereign wealth fund

Bloomberg: Norway plans to tighten restrictions on coal investments for its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund while opening it up for renewable-energy infrastructure assets. The government proposes to expand its coal ban by adding absolute caps on production of thermal coal, or its use in power generation, which would target big companies such as Glencore […]

April 5, 2019 Read More →

Middle East sovereign wealth funds investing in green energy, but fossil divestment seen as unlikely

Reuters: Sovereign wealth funds from oil-rich countries in the Middle East are moving to diversify into renewable energy, pushed by regulators and pledges on climate change, but are stopping short of following Norway in shedding some oil and gas investments. Total sovereign wealth fund investments within the oil and gas industry have dwarfed those within […]

April 1, 2019 Read More →

Experts say Norwegian pension investment decision could affect India’s oil and gas sector

Livemint: The decision of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund to stop investing in oil and gas explorers globally may affect Indian companies, such as Reliance Industries Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) and Oil India Ltd, where the $1 trillion fund has made investments. The decision of Norway’s […]

March 13, 2019 Read More →

Shell sets goal of becoming world’s largest power company

Bloomberg: Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to become the world’s biggest power company within 15 years, a move that suggests it sees climate change as a bigger threat to its business than electricity’s historically weak returns. The world’s No. 2 oil explorer by market value is spending as much as $2 billion a year on […]

March 12, 2019 Read More →

Norway’s investment decision puts oil and gas industry on notice

Financial Times ($): Norway’s sovereign wealth fund may have spared the majors when announcing it was pulling investments from a host of oil and gas producers, but the move will still reverberate in the boardrooms of energy heavyweights like BP and ExxonMobil. With $1tn under management, the Norwegian oil fund is the world’s biggest sovereign […]

March 11, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA update: Norway’s recognition of a declining oil and gas sector sends a message

Early warnings of long-term economic and fiscal downturn require action now

The government of Norway has identified a problem that will preoccupy it for the next fifty years, and that should also cause the rest of the world to sit up and pay attention. THE PROBLEM:  The revenues and dividends from Norway’s vast oil and gas holdings that have fueled the country’s economy and balanced its […]

December 21, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA update: Norway moves to invest in unlisted renewable energy

When the world’s biggest fund speaks, the markets listen

Norway’s pension fund, the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), has launched a modest investment initiative in unlisted renewable energy infrastructure. And the truth is, when GPFG, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, makes a modest investment, it is anything but modest. GPFG, worth more than $1 trillion, has historically strayed only infrequently from a conservative […]

December 17, 2018 Read More →

Norwegian wealth fund continues long-term push for sustainable investments

Financial Times ($): It is not perhaps the most obvious idea for an investor that derives all its inflows from oil and gas revenues to prioritise sustainability. But Norway’s $1tn oil fund has been different from the beginning. One of the few sovereign wealth funds in a democracy, the Norwegian fund has put ethical issues […]

December 6, 2018 Read More →

Norway wealth fund develops software program to analyze climate investment risk

Reuters: Norway’s $975 billion wealth fund, the world’s largest, wants to know how much of a company’s carbon dioxide emission costs can be passed on to customers. The fund holds 1.4 percent of all globally listed shares, representing 9,000 companies, so a lot is at stake for the fund as it considers how to allocate […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →

Research finds fossil fuel divestment not a drag on investment returns

Quartz: Norway built a $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund on oil and gas revenues. Last year, however, the country’s central bank recommended that the fund divest the $35 billion worth of stocks it held in oil and gas companies like Shell, Total, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. The move would make “the government’s wealth less vulnerable […]

August 29, 2018 Read More →