• Next generation risk metrics and ratings

  • Additional Scientific Metrics

  • Enhanced Credit Ratings

  • Environmental Performance Comparisons

  • Operational Risks

  • Investment Risks

  • Regulatory risks


The Environmental Rating Agency (ERA) provides unique and independent ratings of corporate environmental risk and performance for investors.

The ERA rates companies using scientific metrics, benchmarks and insights to help investors to make better informed investment decisions.

We see the reliance on corporate self-reporting and voluntary disclosures as an endemic failure in the financial system.

Our mission is to change the way investors invest, to revolutionise how the environmental risks in businesses are analysed and to give life on Earth a business model.

Water Industry Risks Briefing 2017

Press Release

Press release explaining the risks exposed by the Environmental Rating Agency's Water Industry Risks Briefing 2017.


Abridged Report

An abridged summary of the main Water Industry Risks Briefing 2017. Including brief introductions to key issues and illustrations of "flow clipping" and risk profiles.


Full Report

The full Water Industry Risks Briefing 2017 report. Including a review of environmental, regulatory and financial risks, Thames Water conviction case study, "flow clipping" details, risk indicators and profiles, and references.


Download : Press Release


Download : Abridged


Download : Full Report


Risk Metrics

If you don't measure risks you can't include them in your models, plans or strategies. The ERA draws on world class science and international expertise to identify and prioritise novel metrics of risk.


Having identified new metrics, and combined these to create indicators, we are able to convert data from multiple academic disciplines into non-financial ratings of risk, which can be integrated with traditional financial ratings.


Our special reports address a wide range of the fundamental risks facing markets including national, food and energy security as well as emerging technologies and economic / ecological threats.

Operational Risks

One of the best ways to understand and improve a company's competitiveness, operational management and corporate strategy is to monitor, understand and compare its underlying environmental performance.

Investment Risks

If two companies are equally profitable wouldn't you prefer to own the one with the better quality assets, more modern management practices and reduced exposure to regulatory risks? This is where our metrics and expertise can help.

Regulatory Risks

Regulatory risk can represent a significant threat to sectors and companies that have grown used to polluting the land, sea and air for free, failed to keep up with international best practice or ignored the impacts of globalisation on their business.


  • Ratings

    Enhanced risk metrics for all markets

  • Bonds

  • Shares

  • Hedging

  • Insurance

  • Commodities


Ratings play a central role in international finance, yet an unhealthy convergence on assessments of risk means that investors can be constrained in their ability to differentiate between investment opportunities.


The risk and returns associated with Corporate, Municipal and Sovereign Bonds can be seriously impacted upon by scientific or technological innovations and captured by environmental performance.


The share prices of companies can plunge in value following environmental disasters or changes in regulation. Environmental insights can therefore provide an early warning of a company's relative resilience to change.


Hedging strategies work best when you have an insight that others do not. Given that non-financial metrics have traditionally been overlooked in financial assessments of risk, it makes sense to harness additional metrics when they are underpinned by robust science and meaningful data.


With access to additional scientific risk metrics and expertise it is possible to set risk premiums more accurately, to insure more wisely and to pass on efficiency savings to customers or shareholders.


Commodities such as wheat, maize, cotton, orange juice and beef can be dramatically affected by droughts, floods and pollution, so it makes sense to draw upon a broader basket of environmental ratings in order to understand your exposure to financial risk.


  • Weather

  • Climate

  • Agriculture

  • Energy

  • Science

  • Technologies


Day-to-day and hour-to-hour variations in the weather can have huge implications for businesses ranging from agriculture through to construction and insurance. Are you making use of this information?


Due to the industrial burning of fossil fuels, CO2 concentrations have dramatically increased and trapped more energy in the atmosphere, resulting in more frequent and extreme weather events. Are you ready for these changes?


The agriculture possible in an area is largely determined by the level and intensity of rain, heat and cold experienced. Understanding these factors more accurately can enhance your ability to plant, buy or sell the right crops, at the right time.


The energy sector is undergoing massive change as economies seek to decarbonise and new technologies become available at lower prices. The choices made over the next 10 years will have huge consequences for the future competitiveness and resilience of companies, sectors and countries.


Science has pushed back the boundaries of knowledge and opened our eyes to new opportunities and risks. By making use of the latest science the ERA believes that you stand a better chance of being ready for the future.


Technologies such as satellites, mobile phones, silicon chips and lithium ion batteries have transformed the way societies can organise and communicate. It therefore makes sense to better understand how new and emerging technologies could impact your profits and business model.


  • Data

    Integrating scientific data with financial data

  • Charting

    Charts to visualise your data

  • Reporting

    Expert insights and exclusive reports


The ERA uses a unique combination of scientific data and expert knowledge to enhance your understanding of financial risks.


Our charts and data visualisations enable you to understand and harness insights from multiple specialist disciplines.


Our reports enable you to understand the implications of a broader range of topical and specialist issues to your business and exposure to risk.


In order to access and analyse non-traditional data from satellites and specialist providers it is necessary to use appropriate tools and techniques to handle, visualise and standardise data. This is where the ERA's expertise can be invaluable.


It is likely that automated algorithms will play an increasingly important role in all forms of financial analysis; if you are seeking to integrate non-financial data with your traditional data you will need to do this with care and judgement.


Financial institutions are rapidly becoming Financial Technology (FinTech) institutions and this is a growth area that the ERA seeks to serve.


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