Mandatory disclosure, greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of equity capital: UK evidence of a U‐shaped relationship

Ali Gerged*, Lane Matthews, Mohamed Elheddad

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of disclosing greenhouse gas (GHG) information mandatorily on the cost of equity capital (COC) using a longitudinal unbalanced panel database of the UK’s FTSE 350 firms for the period 2011 – 2016. Following Powell (2016), we use a non-linear panel quantile regression (PQR) model to examine the relationship between GHG disclosure (GHGD) and COC in the UK. This technique was supplemented by conducting a two-step generalised method of moment (GMM) estimation to address any concerns related to the potential existence of endogeneity problems. Our findings suggest that high-level GHGD appeared to be negatively associated with COC up to a certain level, which is known as the turning point; then, any increase in GHGD is likely to increase the COC. This means that the non-linear association between GHGD and COC is evidenced in our study and takes a U- shape. Likewise, our findings are associative of a moderating effect of the 2013 carbon disclosure regulation (CDR) on the GHGD-COC nexus. We argue that mandatory GHG disclosure and GHG risk are linked so that those companies that are associated with higher GHG risk have a tendency to be better disclosers. Consequently, we urge regulators to design GHG disclosure regulations in a way that mirrors corporate environmental risk and lead to a lower COC in order to align the interests of corporations with those of the society at large.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberBSE2661
Pages (from-to)908
Number of pages23
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date13 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 13 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Carbon Disclosure Regulation
  • Cost of Capital
  • Targeted Disclosure Cycle Theory
  • GHG Disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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