KLD Launches Global Climate 100 Index


Includes Companies Taking Positive Steps to Reduce Global Warming





Boston, MA, July 5, 2005 — KLD Research & Analytics, Inc., an independent
investment research and index provider, has announced the launch of the KLD
Global Climate 100SM Index, the first global index focused on solutions to
climate change.

KLD created the Global Climate 100 Index in response to growing demand from
institutions and individuals for investment strategies that address global
warming.

The Global Climate 100 Index is made up of companies that KLD expects will
provide near-term solutions to global warming while offsetting the
longer-term impacts of climate change through renewable energy, alternative
fuels, clean technology and efficiency. KLD’s Global Climate 100 Index is
designed for investors seeking specialized strategies to invest in these
types of companies.

“The Global Climate 100 includes companies making meaningful contributions
to the commercialization of renewable energies such as solar and wind,
future fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen, and innovations or
applications of new technologies that help to reduce emissions of greenhouse
gases,” said Peter D. Kinder, founder and president of KLD Research &
Analytics, Inc. “The Global Climate 100 are companies working on solutions
to climate change. These companies alone won’t ‘fix’ global warming, but the
Index focuses investors’ attention on where the possibilities lie.”

“Climate change,” Kinder continued, “has profound implications for political
and environmental sustainability and for the lives of future generations,
especially in the developing world. The Group of Eight nations (G8) have
underscored the issue’s urgency by focusing on global warming and the
environment at their meetings to be held July 6-8 at Gleneagles, Scotland.”

According to Thomas Kuh, Managing Director of KLD Indexes, industry momentum
indicates strong demand for the Global Climate 100 Index. This year, the
California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California
State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTERS) created their Green Wave
Initiative, committing $1.5 billion to investments in innovative and
responsible environmental companies. The Investor Network on Climate Risk,
a group of pension funds and other institutional investors, launched a
program to raise awareness about the financial risks posed by climate
change.

“Pension funds are concerned about the financial risks associated with
climate change,” said Kuh. “As fiduciaries with a long time horizon, they
are looking for new strategies to integrate these factors into their
investments. The Global Climate 100 looks ahead to show investors where the
opportunities to address global warming will come from.”

KLD developed the Global Climate 100 Index in partnership with the Global
Energy Network Institute (GENI), a non-profit research and education
organization (www.geni.org). GENI will receive a portion of Index licensing
fees, which will be dedicated to furthering its mission of promoting the
development of electric power networks between nations and continents, with
an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources.

“The Global Climate 100’s promise for bringing major investment to “green”
energy helps our work of creating a prosperous and sustainable future for
all humanity,” said GENI President Peter Meisen. “The solutions to energy
security and climate change are found in these leading companies. This
Index offers a powerful vehicle for attracting that investment.”

The International Energy Agency projects that $10 trillion dollars will be
invested in energy systems in the next three decades to meet growing global
demand. “Climate change is a global issue, so it is not surprising that
companies around the world are developing technologies, products and
applications to respond to the problem,” Kuh added.

Kinder concluded, “Renewable and efficient technologies are presently
growing their market share, and the KLD Global Climate 100 Index will be the
benchmark for investors who seek both returns and global sustainability.”

Profile of Global Climate 100 Index

Company Highlights (Table 1)

According to KLD Senior Analyst, Andrew Brengle, “Both small pure-play
companies and large diversifieds are staking their futures on the promise of
renewable energy and alternative fuels.”

Brengle continued, “Germany’s Solon AG [1] makes photovoltaics that are
built into the roofs of new buildings and the UK’s D1 Oils [2] produces
biodiesel from vegetable oil. General Electric [3], already a leader in
energy efficient products, has invested heavily in wind and solar.
Companies building the infrastructure for more efficient energy delivery and
storage include US-based Echelon Corporation [4] with computerized energy
monitoring systems and Japan’s GS Yuasa Corporation [5] with innovative
battery technologies.” [See Appendix One for Source Data, Footnotes 1-5]

Large and Small Capitalization Companies (Table 2)

The holdings represent leading-edge companies, large and small. The diverse
nature of these companies means that the Index includes some small-cap
companies in niche markets as well as some of the world’s largest companies
in industries that have the greatest impact on climate change. Table 2
shows the constituent market capitalization.

Equal Weighting

The KLD Global Climate 100 Index allocates 1% to each of the 100 securities
in the index to assure that large-cap companies do not unduly influence the
performance of the index and to channel capital to small companies committed
to preventing global climate change. This provides higher exposure to
small-cap companies and lower exposure to large-cap companies than a
cap-weighted index. Each quarter, KLD rebalances the Index to bring each
holding back to 1%.

Sector Diversification of the Index (Table 3)

Companies in the KLD Global Climate 100 Index fall into three categories
with roughly equal representation: renewable energy, future fuels, and clean
technology and efficiency. Since it includes companies from a broad range
of sectors – including oil, automotive, utilities, and financial services –
the Global Climate 100 Index is more diversified than benchmarks for the
renewable energy industry or the broader energy sector.

Geographic Representation of the Index (Table 4)

Companies in the Global Climate 100 come from 15 countries, reflecting a
broad geographical distribution. Fifty-four percent of the companies are
from North America, 26% from Europe and 20% from the Asia-Pacific region.

About KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.

KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. (www.kld.com) is an independent investment
research and index company. Its products and services enable institutional
money managers and investors to integrate social and environmental factors
into their investment strategies. KLD helps money managers gather assets,
manage risk and control costs. The company is known for the 15-year-old
Domini 400 Social Index, the world’s first index to benchmark the
performance of equity portfolios subject to multiple social screens. Today
more than $8 billion is invested in funds based on KLD Indexes.

About Global Energy Network Institute

The Global Energy Network Institute (www.geni.org ) is
a non-profit research and education organization. GENI advocates the
interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents,
with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources – a strategy
intended to reduce global tensions, grow economies and improve health and
living standards worldwide.

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Glossary of Terms Used:

Clean Technology: technology that reduces or avoids creating energy related
emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In other contexts, the
term is applied to technologies that reduce water and hazardous materials
pollution.

Climate Change: significant, long-term shifts in the underlying drivers of
weather patterns and average global temperature. Scientists posit that
emissions from human activities could cause radical and inhospitable changes
in global climate over hundreds of years.

Future Fuels: natural gas, gas-to-liquids, biofuels, hydrogen for
fuel-cells, landfill methane, and other liquid or gaseous alternatives to
coal and petroleum.

Global Warming: the warming of average temperatures around the world
resulting from the accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the earth’s
atmosphere. Such warming has been linked to more frequent hurricanes and
severe drought as well as permanent changes in climate.

Greenhouse Gases: a series of gases known to trap the sun’s heat in the
earth’s atmosphere, the chief among which are carbon dioxide, methane,
nitrous oxide, and certain man-made fluorocarbons.

Renewable Energy: energy derived from biomass, geothermal sources,
hydroelectric dams, solar radiation, ocean tides and waves, and wind.

Appendix One

KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.

Source Data for Quotes, Company Highlights Table 1

[1] Solon AG, Makes photovoltaics that are built into the roofs of new
buildings

Source: Solon AG company website www.solonag.com/

[2] D1 Oils Plc, Produces biodiesel from vegetable oil

Source: D1 oils plc company website www.d1plc.com/

[3] General Electric Company, Efficiency leader invested heavily in wind and
solar

Source: Joel Makeower, May 2005, “‘ecomagination’: Inside GE’s Power
Play”, Strategic Thinking column, GreenBiz.com
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/columns_third.cfm?NewsID=28061

General Electric Company website www.ge.com/

GE’s ecomagination website http://www.ge.com/ecomagination/

[4] Echelon Corporation, Produces computerized energy monitoring systems

Source: Echelon Corporation company website www.echelon.com/

[5] GS Yuasa Corporation, Produces innovative battery technologies

Source: GS Yuasa Corporation company website
http://www.gs-yuasa.com/us/index.asp

[6] Johnson & Johnson, Largest corporate user of renewable energy in the US

Source: U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership website

http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top25.htm

Johnson & Johnson company website

http://www.jnj.com/community/environment/index.htm

[7] FPL Group, Inc., Largest US wind-power portfolio accounting for 43% of
US wind energy

Source: Sustainable Energy Institute and Numark Associates, Inc.,
November
2004,
“U.S. Business Actions To Address Climate Change: Case Studies of Five
Industry Sectors,” GreenBiz.com

http://www.greenbiz.com/toolbox/reports_third.cfm?LinkAdvID=54636

FPL Group, Inc. company website www.fplgroup.com/

[8] BT Group Plc, Signed the world’s largest green energy contract in 2005

Source: Dow Jones International News, October 14, 2004, “BT To Source
Most UK Electricity From Green Energy” (c) 2004 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

BT Group plc company website www.bt.com/

[9] Air Liquide SA, Largest industrial gas supplier, active in all aspects
of hydrogen fuel cells

Source: Hoovers

http://www.hoovers.com/l’air-liquide/–ID__90734–/freeuk-co-factsheet.xhtm
l

Air Liquide SA company website http://www.airliquide.com

(enter fuel cell into website search engine)

[10] Sharp Corporation, Largest share of solar cell market in 2004; expects
25% growth by 2006

Source: Reuters News, March 30, 2005, “Sharp says to beat 04/05 solar
cell sales target”, (c) 2005 Reuters Limited

Sharp Corporation company website www.sharp-world.com/

[11] Syntroleum Corporation, Clean diesel fuel from natural gas deposits
normally flared off

Source: Syntroleum Corporation company website www.syntroleum.com

[12] Energy Developments Ltd., Generates power from landfill gas

Source: Energy Developments Ltd. company website

www.energydevelopments.com

[13] Vestas Wind Systems A/S, World’s largest wind turbine producer

Source: Dow Jones International News, June 27, 2005, “NEWS SNAP: Vestas
Defends Openness, Outlook”, (c) 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Financial Post, November 30, 2004, “Gale force winds of competition: Wind
industry booming: But competition in hardware suppliers gouging profits”,
(c) 2004 National Post

Vestas Wind Systems A/S company website www.vestas.com/

[14] Iberdrola SA, World’s largest wind energy generator in 2004

Source: Renewable Energy Report, May 30, 2005, “At wind industry giant
Gamesa, factions battle over board of directors membership”, Copyright 2005
McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Iberdrola SA company website www.iberdrola.es/

[15] Toyota Motor Corporation, Holds 64% of hybrid car market; plans to sell
300,000 hybrids by 2006

Source: AFX Asia, May 18, 2005, “RPT Toyota to build hybrid cars in
Kentucky”,
(c) 2005, AFX Asia.

Toyota Motor Corporation company website www.toyota.co.jp/en/

[16] Ormat Technologies, Inc. , Generates power from geothermal and
cogeneration plants

Source: Ormat Technologies company website www.ormat.com

[17] Xantrex Technologies, Inc., Products convert raw electricity from solar
plants into high-quality power

Source: Xantrex Technologies, Inc. company website www.xantrex.com/

[18] Contact Energy, Generates electricity using hydroelectric, steam, and
natural gas

Source: Contact Energy company website www.mycontact.co.nz/

[19] Hydrogenics Corporation, Develops hydrogen fuel cell technologies

Source: Hydrogenics Corporation company website www.hydrogenics.com/

[20] Conergy AG, Makes solar power water pumps, panels, and batteries

Source: Conergy AG company website www.conergy.de/