Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The effects of announcement of green policies on equity portfolios: Evidence from the United Kingdom

Purpose  – This paper aims to investigate the impact of 75 announcements of environmental policies on British equities over the period 2003 to 2012. In particular, the research has the following specific objectives: finding out whether there is wealth creation/destruction for investors as a result of the announcements of green policies and identifying changes in risk structure following the introduction of green policies.

Design/methodology/approach  – Using event study methodology and non-parametric tests, the authors attempt to find out whether announcements of environmental/sustainability policies are value constructive or destructive for equity investors. The CAPM is fitted with interaction variables to measure the change in systematic risk following announcements.

Findings – The results show that the UK market is particularly sensitive to domestic, international and nuclear announcements. Cumulative abnormal returns in the range of 30-40 per cent were recorded in certain sectors. Consistent with the emerging literature, the authors observe that environmental policies induce changes in the systematic risk of businesses, both in the short run and the long run.

Originality/value – To the best of authors’ knowledge, the literature does not provide any answer as to how the risk and return of British equity portfolios change following the announcement of green policies in the aftermath of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Furthermore, the literature does not differentiate among various categories of announcements (domestic, international and nuclear). Therefore, this paper bridges the gap in the literature on these two grounds.

by Vikash Ramiah, Thomas Morris, Imad Moosa, Michael Gangemi and Louise Puican all of the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 
Managerial Auditing Journal http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/maj
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited http://www.emeraldinsight.com
Volume 31, Issue 2; pages 138 - 155
Special Issue - Accounting for a sustainable future; Editors: Dr. Gillian Vesty and Dr. Steven Dellaportas
Keywords: Systematic risk, Event study, Abnormal returns, Diamond risk, Environmental regulation, Green policies

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