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September 2017 The research seminar is held every Wednesday, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m., in room LG 0.423.
Exceptions: On 11/15/2017, 11/22/2017 and 12/13/2017 the event is held in room 4.154!
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12/20/2017

Room LG 0.423

Sebastian Schwenen, TU München
“Fighting Climate Change with Disclosure? The Real Effects of Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Disclosure”

 

Abstract:

We examine how mandatory disclosure of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions influences companies’ emission levels. We identify the effect of full transparency by exploiting a mandate requiring UK-incorporated listed companies to disclose information on their GHG emissions in their annual reports. Comparing the emissions of installations owned by listed companies and installations owned by firms not subject to the mandate, we document that disclosing GHG emissions in annual reports reduces emission levels by up to 16.5%. Emission reductions occur across all industries, but are largest for installations from the energy supply industry. Our results are robust to various specifications and document the incremental effect of disclosing emission data in annual reports, as firms had to report emission data to a central register already before the disclosure mandate.