Pantas and UKM To Develop Climate Transition Equity Index For Companies In Emerging Markets

Fintech startup, Pantas and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to develop carbon accounting software and a climate transition equity index for companies in emerging markets.

By leveraging on the proprietary data collected by Pantas’ e-invoicing software and the carbon emission factors co-developed with UKM Institute of Climate Change, companies will be able to seamlessly calculate, monitor and disclose their GHG emissions without a change in their business workflow.

Both parties are set to collaborate with financial institutions and investors to create the first climate transition equity index for companies in EMs, which will take into account several metrics related to climate change such as carbon emissions. in generating the under- and over- weighted sticks.

Companies included in this index will be able to easily access green investments.

Pantas and UKM are currently recruiting companies for a pilot program to showcase the benefits of carbon disclosure and assist them in accessing green investments. The pilot programme is open for companies based in Malaysia on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Disclosure is the essential first step to drive environmental action; you can’t fix what you don’t know. The best way to compel companies to care about their environmental impact is to reward those that are doing the most to stem climate change with cheaper capital and financing,” said Max Lee, the Co-Founder and CEO of Pantas.
“This solution will greatly benefit the industries and organisations in Malaysia and Southeast Asia by providing them with the ability to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions,” said Prof. Dato’ Dr Norazah Mohd Nordin, Vice Chancellor of UKM.

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