HSBC launches Climate Change Benchmark Index

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - HSBC Corporate, Investment Banking and
Markets (CIBM) has announced the launch of the HSBC Global Climate Change
Benchmark Index, together with a family of four investable global climate
change sub indices - a comprehensive range of climate change indices.
    The HSBC Global Climate Change Benchmark Index, developed by CIBM's
Global Research team, is a global reference index which has been designed to
reflect and track the stock market performance of key companies that are best
placed to profit from the challenges presented by climate change. The
performance of the benchmark has been tracked back to 2004 and has
outperformed the MSCI World Index by around 70%.

    From this benchmark, HSBC has established four investable climate change
indices that can be used to create portfolios for a diverse range of
investment needs such as long only funds, hedge funds, exchange traded funds,
discretionary funds and structured products. The indices are:

    -  HSBC Climate Change Index
    -  HSBC Low Carbon Energy Production Index (including: solar, wind,
       biofuels, geothermal)
    -  HSBC Energy Efficiency & Energy Management Index (including: Fuel
       Efficiency Autos, Energy Efficient Solutions, fuelcells)
    -  HSBC Water, Waste & Pollution Control Index (including: water
       recycling, waste technologies, environmental pollution control)

    In creating these indices, HSBC has responded to changing investor
sentiment in global equity markets. The HSBC research team has looked at a
wide range of stocks and identified approximately 300 companies that are well
positioned to benefit from the challenges of climate change.
    Joaquim de Lima, Global Head of Quant Research for Equities, said: "What
makes this different and exciting is the index structure which captures a
highly diverse number of investment themes with very attractive risk return
characteristics. The construction and stock selection of the indices is based
purely on quantitative criteria such as value generation and liquidity and
these factors will be regularly reviewed."
    Nick Robins, Head of HSBC's Climate Change Centre of Excellence, who will
act as an Adviser on the HSBC Global Climate Change Benchmark Index,
commented: "Climate change is set to be one of the defining investment
opportunities in the years ahead. This index series captures both the
imperative of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the need to adapt to the
physical impact of climate change."
    Stephen Green, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc, said: "HSBC has long
recognised the importance of climate change and has shown real commitment to
addressing the risks and opportunities it brings. In developing tailored
climate change indices we are providing real investment solutions which enable
our clients to incorporate climate change into their investment decisions."

    Bloomberg page: HSWW
    Reuters page: HSBC/INDICES14

    Notes to editors:

    HSBC Holdings plc
    HSBC Holdings plc serves over 125 million customers worldwide through
around 10,000 offices in 83 countries and territories in Europe, the
Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of
some US$2,150 billion at 30 June 2007, HSBC is one of the world's largest
banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as
'the world's local bank'.
    HSBC Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets (CIBM) provides tailored
financial products and services to major government, corporate and
institutional clients. Within client-focused business lines, Global Banking
and Global Markets, CIBM offers a full range of capabilities, including
foreign exchange, fixed income, equities, derivatives, risk advisory,
corporate and investment banking, equity sales and trading, and equity and
debt capital markets. For more information on CIBM, please visit

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