The BSE-Greenex, the 25th dynamic index hosted on the exchange, is also a first of its kind benchmark index, which assess the carbon performance of stocks based on purely quantitative performance based criteria
Mumbai: The country’s premier stock exchange Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today launched ‘BSE-Greenex’, the first environmental friendly equity index, which will enable investors take more informed decisions in the green theme of India, reports PTI.
Corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moily inaugurated the new initiative by striking the gong at the BSE here today.
BSE, in association with gTrade (supported by GIZ promoted by Germany, Observer Research Foundation and IIM Ahmedabad), has constructed BSE-Greenex—designed specifically to promote green investing with an emphasis on financial performance and long-term viability of companies.
It is based upon purely quantitative and objective performance signals to assess carbon performance.
BSE-Greenex includes top 20 companies based on Green House Gas Numbers, free float market capitalisation and turnover. These companies include Tata Steel, SBI, L&T, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, Sun Pharmaceuticals, NTPC, Dr Reddy's Labs, HDFC, Bharat Heavy Electricals, GAIL, Hindustan Unilever, Cipla, Sterlite Industries, Tata Power, Ambuja Cements, Lupin, DLF, GlaxoSmithKline and Reliance Infrastructure.
“The companies and investors in developing countries like India need to recognise the value created by corporations through the efficient and sensible use of energy.
“The ministry of corporate affairs has been very active in this regard. I hope the BSE-Greenex lists companies that are able to marry financial performance and carbon efficiency.
I feel that this index’s objectivity will be its strength and the differentiator,” Mr Moily said.
It will also help the government to gauge policy implementation and acceptance with regard to energy usage and efficiency measures, he said.
“India is in a unique position to create a low-carbon green economy. So far India has focused on the fiscal aspect of economic growth. Now, its time we think about the environmental aspects of growth also. I am delighted that BSE in keeping with its tradition of innovation is today launching a carbon index. BSE will continue to contribute in full measure towards the ministry of corporate affairs’ efforts of green and sustainable development in India Inc,” BSE managing director and CEO Madhu Kannan said.
The BSE-Greenex, the 25th dynamic index hosted on the exchange, is also a first of its kind benchmark index, which assess the carbon performance of stocks based on purely quantitative performance based criteria.
Over the years sizeable funds and finances will increasingly find their way into green businesses. The creation of this index will enable such investment flows, BSE deputy chief executive director, Ashishkumar Chauhan said.
It is the first environmental friendly equity index to be publicly disseminated on a real-time basis, providing a new tool for use by ‘green’ retail and institutional investors to track the performance of India's largest and most liquid, efficient stocks. The index can be licensed for the development of green financial products including mutual funds, ETFs and structured products, the BSE said.
The minister said there is an urgent need to broad base the investment climate in the country, but observed that 90% of capital market transactions are confined to just 10 cities
Union minister for corporate affairs Dr Veerappa Moily, citing a report from Citigroup, said that there is an urgent need to broad base the investment climate in the country, but observed that 90% of capital market transactions are confined to just 10 cities. To increase the ratio of domestic savings to capital market investments, the ministry of corporate affairs has been organizing massive investor education and awareness programmes.
Emphasising the importance of good governance in public sphere, the minister said the government is planning to bring in the National Corporate Governance Policy. “The policy, to be drafted in consultation with the industry, would set governance standards, spell out innovative steps to be taken by corporates and stress on dynamic and inclusive growth,” he said.
Dr Moily was speaking at a Corporate and Investor Meet in Mumbai. The minister also said that the new National Competition Policy will be in place by 31st March which would dismantle all the monopolies and anti-competitive forces and also help control inflation. He said, “The Competition Policy, by targeting cartelization, will go a long way in moderating prices, especially food prices.”
Dr Moily referred to the US and said due to the national competition policy, the prices of petroleum products got halved in that country.
Speaking about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the minister complemented public sector units (PSUs) for participating in the process and called upon the private sector to join in, as well. He clarified that the 2% contribution for CSR has not been made mandatory, but reporting about it in the annual report is compulsory.
‘We have entered into this strategic alliance as we believe that this technology is likely to become a major factor in the fast growing Indian electricity metering market:’ L&T
Engineering major Larsen & Toubro said it has entered into an agreement with UK-based firm Cyan Holdings to form a strategic partnership in development, supply and delivery of advanced metering solutions.
The metering and protection systems business of L&T has entered into the partnership wherein the company’s electricity meters will be integrated with Cyan’s wireless communication modules for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart metering and smart grid pilot projects, L&T said in a statement.
“We have identified a number of projects in India where there is a need for 865MHz-based interoperable wireless AMI with a requirement for end to end communications enabling remote tamper detection and reporting,” the statement said.
“We have entered into this strategic alliance as we believe that this technology is likely to become a major factor in the fast growing Indian electricity metering market,” it added.
L&T is a leading supplier of electricity meters and metering solutions to electricity utilities and has an installation base exceeding 12 million meters.
In the late afternoon, Larsen & Toubro was trading at around Rs1453 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.66% up from the previous close.