Panagiotis Tzouvanas*

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is widely believed that climate change can affect the financial performance of firms. In this chapter, we conceptualise the effects of climate change on the financial performance of firms. We explain that these effects have a twofold justification. First, climate change has been induced in the modern business as a form of pollution prevention. Therefore, firms that decrease their emissions can avoid environmental regulations and attract shareholders. Second, behavioural finance literature has shown that investors prefer environmental firms because they extract utility by holding these stocks. We empirically test the former channel. Results indicate that decreasing Greenhouse gases can indeed improve firms’ performance. Although, results are robust across three different regions; North America, Europe and Asian-Pacific, firms in the EU enjoy the highest benefits by engaging in emissions reductions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications in Energy Finance
Subtitle of host publicationThe Energy Sector, Economic Activity, Financial Markets and the Environment
EditorsChristos Floros, Ioannis Chatziantoniou
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030929572
ISBN (Print)9783030929565
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2022


  • carbon performance
  • climate change
  • climate-finance
  • financial performance
  • greenhouse gas emissions

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