Carbon Disclosure Project, in which investors request corporate disclosure on carbon risk & management: ASrIA analyses findings for Asian companies

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20 September 2006

Carbon Disclosure - Asia at the Starting Gate

Author: Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)

...since 2003, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has, on behalf of an increasing number of institutional investors, requested disclosure on carbon risk and management from 500 of the largest global companies by market capitalisation...In general, Asia's largest listed companies, excluding Japan, lag their global counterparts in reporting on a broad range of environmental, social, and governance risks. As a result, making progress on corporate disclosure of carbon emissions by Asia's corporate leaders is now a priority for global investors. This year, CDP extended the information request to over 2000 companies, which included 125 of some of the largest companies in Asia, covering nine countries: China including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The CDP4 Asia ex-Japan report...presents the analysis and findings relevant to the responses of these Asian companies.

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31 December 2005

[PDF] Carbon Disclosure Project Report 2006 - Asia ex-Japan

Author: Carbon Disclosure Project, ASrIA, Trucost

In 2006, CDP [Carbon Disclosure Project] extended [its] information request to over 2000 companies in total, which included 125 from Asia excluding Japan... Overall, only 26% of the companies responded to the information request...The mixed response rates reflect the hybrid nature of the sample and the fact that three quarters of the companies were new to the CDP in 2006...The most significant regional trend to emerge from the analysis was the relatively strong response by South Korean companies included in the sample...Recent initiatives by the South Korean Government on climate change are considered to be a potential driver in this respect...[M]ost companies did not disclose quantitative data, thus denying investors the opportunity of gauging the respondent’s carbon risks...the provision of such data appeared to be a particular challenge for larger respondents, with the smaller capitalisation companies in the sample more likely to provide emissions data. [List of companies surveyed. The following companies answered the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire: China Life Insurance, Hutchinson Whampoa, CNOOC, Hang Seng Bank, CLP Holdings, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong Electric, Cheung Kong Infrastrcture, National Thermal Power, Infosys, Bharti Tele-Ventures, ITC, State Bank of India, CESC, Telekomunikasi, Tenaga Nasional, Singapore Telecom, Overseas Chinese Banking, Singapore Airlines, Samsung Electronics, Korea Electric Power, POSCO, Shinhan Financial Group, SK Telecom, KT Corp, S-Oil, Taiwan Semiconductor, Cathay Financial, Chunghwa Telecom, United Microelectronics, Ratchaburi Electric, Banpu. The following companies declined to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire: PetroChina, Bank of Communications, China Unicom, Jardine Matheson, Henerson Land Development, Wharf Holdings, Hindustan Lever, Gail LD, Malayan Banking, Telekom Malaysia, Malakoff, First Philippine Holdings, Manila Electric, DBS Group, United Overseas Bank, Kookmin Bank, Woori Finance Holdings, LG Phillips LCD, Siam Cement. The following companies did not respond to the the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire: China Petroleum & Chemical, Huaneng Power International, China Yangtze Power, Datang International Power Generation, GD Power Development, Shenergy, Guangdong Electric Power Development, Shenzhen Energy Investment, Guangzhou Development, Guangxi Guiguan Electric Power, Inner Mongolia Mengdian Huaneng Thermal, Shanghai Electric Power, Zhejiang Southeast Electric Power, Shanxi Zhangze Electric Power, Beijing Jingneng Thermal Power, SDIC Huanjing Power, Hunan Huayin Elect Power, Xinjiang Tianfu Thermoelectric, Shanxi Top Energy, Jiangxi Ganneng, Zhenghou Coal Industry & Electric Power, Huadian Energy, Sichuan Minjiang Hydropower, Shenzhen Nanshan Power Station, Fujian Mindong Electric Power, Guodian Changyuan Electric Power, Guangzhou Hengyun Enterprises, Henan Yuneng Holdings, Shantou Electric Power Development, Shijiazhuang Dongfang Thermoelectric Company, Harbin Shirble Electric Heat, Chongquing Jiulong Electric Power, Tianjin Binhai Energy Development, China Mobile, Sun Hung Kai Properties, BOC Hong Kong, China Netcom, Citic Pacific, China Resources Power, China Power International Development, Wing Shan International Limited, Oil & Natural Gas, Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy, Reliance Energy, Tata Power, Torrent Power AEC, Gujarat Industries Power, YTL Corporation, Sarawak Enterprise, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, BIL International, Asia Power Corporation, Hyundai Motors (part of Hyundai Kia Motor), Hon Hai Precision Industries, Formosa Petrochemical, CTCI, Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation, PTT, Electricity Generating Public Co, Sahacogen (Chonburi). The following companies did not respond to the the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire, despite indicating that a response was forthcoming: China Shenhua Energy, Ping An Insurance, Hong Kong & China Gas, Esprit Holdings, Wipro, ICICI Bank, Indian Oil, Hynix Semiconductor, China Steel. The following companies provided information in response to the the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire: China Telecom, Swire Pacific., MISC, Nan Ya Plastics.]

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