Part of our reputation is through innovation and thought leadership across the commodity spectrum.
As a leading broker in our space, it is important that we are concerned about sustainability of the environment, so we were delighted in October 2019 to announce a way that we can accomplish both of these objectives with our founding sponsorship of a multi-year Research Program at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
The ‘Oxford Programme on the Sustainable Future of Capital-Intensive Industries’ is headed-up by two distinguished academics, Professor Cameron Hepburn and Dr Atif Ansar. This programme looks at how capital-intensive industries, such as mining, oil and gas, primary production, infrastructure and construction, can better support today’s global environmental challenges. It will develop new global datasets and open-up new areas of research, including the impact of technological innovations and the role commodity derivative markets can play in advancing social objectives.
With commodities at the heart of the global economy and the associated environmental challenges, this is a unique and valuable programme and we are proud to be the founding sponsor. Our expertise and involvement will make a genuine difference. The search for new technologies, the impact of environmental policy and the facilitating role of derivatives markets are all key components to meeting these environmental challenges.
Our involvement in this project goes far beyond the financial backing, with active involvement from members of the firm who will provide expertise and data across commodity, environmental and derivatives markets. We will also help in the analysis of large datasets, with big-data analysis - a core skill in our Research group.
The initial focus of the Oxford research will be on what distinguishes successful from unsuccessful commodity derivative markets; as well as how satellite technology can be applied to assess environmental impact with a view to being able to differentiate, in an objective way, low impact from higher environmental impact projects. Both are very exciting projects.
For further information on this project and about the Smith School visit https://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/.