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The impacts of climate change risks on financial performance of mining industry: Evidence from listed companies in China

Yongping Sun, Ying Yang, Nan Huang and Xin Zou

Resources Policy, 2020, vol. 69, issue C

Abstract: The mining industry is susceptible to climate change risks since it has the characteristics of high exposure, high sensitivity and high substitution. Firstly, this paper reviews the impact mechanism of climate change risks on corporate financial performance from direct and indirect channels. Secondly, this paper employs the unique data, climate risk indicator with 5 types of climate risks, to analyze the effect of climate change risks on the China's mineral listed companies. The empirical analysis shows that there is a correlation between climate change and financial performance of mining companies. The mining companies with different types of resource have different sensitivities to climate change risks. The climate change risks have both positive and negative effects on the financial performance of mining companies. In respond to the climate change risks, mining companies should actively implement low-carbon strategies and proactively disclose emission information to improve the brand value and create new competitive advantages for long-term development.

Keywords: Climate change risks; Mining companies; Corporate financial performance; Climate change risk index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2020.101828

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