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Brian Deese on What’s Driving ESG Investing

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Brian Deese on What’s Driving ESG Investing

Masters in Business


5 min read
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An insider’s look at sustainable investing

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This engrossing conversation on sustainable investing between investment expert Brian Deese and financial journalist Barry Ritholtz draws on the depth and breadth of Deese’s experience in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including his work on the Paris climate accord. The informative podcast episode covers, among other topics, why sustainable investing is not just a fad and why ESG risk assessments should apply to all portfolios. Investors will appreciate its valuable insights.


Climate change impacts and shifts in energy sources affect how the financial sector assesses risks and returns.

Renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, along with zero-carbon resources – primarily nuclear and hydropower – now account for about 40% of US energy supplies. Lower costs and technological advances have made possible their rapid expansion since 2010. Looking ahead, the further development of clean sources of power and storage systems will reconfigure the grid infrastructure to meet an increasing demand for electricity. That rise in demand will come from a changeover to electric cars, more energy-efficient buildings, and other ways by which society will reduce the carbon footprint of industrial...

About the Podcast

Brian Deese is the global head of sustainable investing at BlackRock. Barry Ritholtz is the host of Bloomberg Radio’s Masters in Business podcast, which focuses on the people and ideas that shape markets, investing and business.

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