Companies that don't do a good job of slicing energy costs may find investors bailing out, as financial institutions offer investment clients new data analysis tools that reveal the impact of a company's energy and emission policies on economic performance.

Northern Trust, for example, just deployed an environmental analytics engine as part of its existing suite of investment risk and performance solutions for institutional and high net worth investors. "To our clients, there's an increasing awareness of how the environmental efficiencies of an organization can have an impact on corporate earnings," says Jim Trotter, global head of investment and risk analytical services for Northern Trust, who says the initial focus of the product will be in the UK, though it's available in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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