Service Area

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are metrics investors use to assess and compare the sustainability practices and ethical impacts of investments/businesses.

Why SEC Regulations Matter?

Under new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules, nearly all SEC registrants would be required to include certain information about their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and climate-related risks in their annual disclosures.  The majority of businesses would be required to identify the business risks caused by climate change that affect their businesses.  These companies are required to disclose their risk identification and management approach, as well as their quantified risks, in a consistent, comparable, and verifiable approach. Additionally, these companies would need to quantity and disclose their business and operation impact on climate change by disclosing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a similarly consistent, comparable, and verifiable approach.  Additional reporting requirements would be applied to a subset of companies that declare that ESG factors play a significant role in their investment decisions.  There requirements are set to increase the transparency and consistency regarding such declarations.

ESG Environment social governance.

Where Can We Help?

Gradient scientists are equipped with technical expertise to contribute in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and climate risk management, evaluation, and reporting.  Our services in these area include:

Strategy and Risk Management  

Quantitative Impact and Risk Evaluation 


Report development or review in accordance to applicable reporting standards and frameworks (e.g., TCFG, GRI, and GHG Protocol)

Sample Projects

Evaluation of Environmental Liabilities

Gradient developed a streamlined process and site ranking methodology to evaluate a utility company’s multi-site manufactured gas plant (MGP) portfolio.  The process leveraged the review of readily available data to tier sites as higher, moderate, and lower priority and gauge potential response cost magnitude and certainty.  Site tiers were based on assessment factors, including historical operations, physical setting/land use, third-party issues, and potential impacts to brand/relationship.

Framework to Evaluate Sustainability of Remediation Alternatives

Gradient developed a comprehensive framework that enables coal-fired utilities to evaluate the potential human health and environmental impacts associated with closure options for surface impoundments containing coal combustion residual.  Gradient evaluated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, relative impacts to air and water resources, environmental justice (EJ), and community impacts.

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