Big polluters’ share prices fall after climate lawsuits, study finds
(22 May 2023) Exclusive: Fossil fuel companies register drop in value after litigation or unfavourable judgments.
Climate litigation poses a financial risk to fossil fuel companies because it lowers the share price of big polluters, research has found.
A study to be published on Tuesday by LSE’s Grantham Research Institute examines how the stock market reacts to news that a fresh climate lawsuit has been filed or a corporation has lost its case.
The researchers hope their work will encourage lenders, financial regulators and governments to consider the effect of climate litigation when making investment decisions in a warmer future, and ultimately drive greener corporate behaviour.
The study, which is currently being peer reviewed, analysed 108 climate crisis lawsuits around the world between 2005 and 2021 against 98 companies listed in the US and Europe. It found that the filing of a new case or a court decision against a company reduced its expected value by an average of 0.41%.
The stock market responded most strongly in the days after cases against carbon majors, which include the world’s largest energy, utility and materials firms, cutting the relative value of those companies by an average of 0.57% after a case was filed and by 1.5% after an unfavourable judgment.
, 22 May 2023: Big polluters’ share prices fall after climate lawsuits, study finds