Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/215027
Authors: 
van der Ploeg, Rick
Rezai, Armon
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 8025
Abstract: 
Assets in the fossil fuel industries are at risk of losing market value due to anticipated breakthroughs in renewable technology and governments stepping up climate policies in the light of the Paris commitments to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius. Stranded assets arise due to uncertainty about the future timing of these two types of events and substantial intertemporal and intersectoral investment adjustment costs. Stranding of assets mostly affects the 20 biggest oil, gas and coal companies who have been responsible for at least a third of global warming since 1965, but also carbon-intensive industries such as steel, aluminium, cement, plastics and greenhouse horticulture. A disorderly transition to the carbon-free economy will lead to stranded assets and legal claims. Institutional investors should be aware of these financial risks. A broader definition of stranded assets also includes countries reliant on fossil fuel exports and workers with technology-specific skills.
Subjects: 
de-carbonisation
policy tipping
technology
stranded assets
JEL: 
E62
F41
G11
O33
Q33
Q34
Q35
Q40
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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