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Fossil-heavy issuers try to avoid being new tobacco

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Companies with high carbon emissions are preparing for the risk that they could have to pay more to access capital markets, if investors and banks retreat from fossil fuel-heavy businesses, and even divest altogether — as Aviva has threatened to do. Some issuers will use investor relations drives and labelled financings, but ultimately they will have to find common ground with investors on how to transition to low carbon.

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