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Environmental, societal and governance criteria: hit or miss?

Is sustainable investing contributing to society’s climate and social goals, or preventing systemic change? Sustainable investing is gaining in popularity as socially conscious clients consider environmental, societal and governance (ESG) criteria when deciding on potential investment. As a result, the financial world is offering more ESG compatible products on the market. While well intentioned, the ability and capacity of ESG criteria in corporate disclosure to achieve climate and social...

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The EU green bond standard: sensible implementation could define a new asset class

The proposed EU green bond standard will be less prone to ‘greenwashing’, and the widest possible set of issuers and jurisdictions should be encouraged to use the standard. The European Commission’s proposal for a European Union green bond standard, published 6 July, comes at a time when issuance of green bonds is booming, with the bulk being issued and traded within the EU. Demand for such assets by investors is similarly strong, though increasingly there are concerns about ‘greenwashing’ –...

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Banks in a net-zero Europe

A net-zero emissions target is a powerful incentive for the low-carbon transition, but for bank supervisors, climate-related risks, not climate outcomes, should remain the focus. Europe’s climate law, agreed in April, will have knock-on effects through a wide range of sector-specific legislation, with the intention of delivering on European Union states’ collective commitment to emission reduction targets and a net-zero economy in 2050. Globally, 32 countries have such targets in law or...

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Accounting for climate policies in Europe’s sovereign debt market

Sovereign debt will be vital in stimulating sustainable investment, but information is lacking on how green public spending actually is. The authors are grateful for very helpful comments from Moritz Krämer, Patrice Cochelin and Paul Munday in the context of a related project, undertaken with Stavros Zenios. International debt investors increasingly demand assets that are aligned with environmental, social and governance objectives. Sovereign debt is being belatedly swept up in this...

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US separates climate concerns from financial oversight in contrast to EU activism

Different EU and US supervisory approaches to climate risk may hamper efforts to work together and risk fragmenting global markets. By: Rebecca Christie Date: February 18, 2021 Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation Climate change is a growing financial risk as well as an environmental threat. Increasingly, banks and asset managers are seeking ways to prevent future climate shocks from upending their businesses, while investors often seek ways to push their financial resources...

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European green finance is expanding, a discount on bank capital would discredit it

If EU banks are to mobilise a greater share of loans for sustainable projects they will need a reliable policy framework, clear internal performance targets and the relevant skills. A discount on bank capital underlying such assets is neither justified nor likely effective. A comprehensive review of how climate risks are reflected in prudential regulation is nevertheless in orderThe Commission’s ‘European Green Deal’ sets out massive investment needs in a variety of areas, amounting to...

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Greening monetary policy

The author proposes a tilting approach to steer the allocation of the Eurosystem’s assets and collateral towards low-carbon sectors, which would reduce the cost of capital for these sectors relative to high-carbon sectors. Central banks have already started to look at climate-related risks in the context of financial stability. Should they also take the carbon intensity of assets into account in the context of monetary policy? Central banks have already started to look at...

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Green central banking

A few weeks ago, Silvia Merler discussed the rise of “ethical investing”. A related question emerging from the discussion is whether central banks should also “go green”. Silvia reviews the latest developments and opinions on this topic. A UN report published last year looked in detail at the role of central banks in enhancing green finance. Given the enormous investments needed to bring about a green transformation, the financial sector will have to play a central role in allocating...

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Backstage: Transitioning towards sustainable finance

In this episode of the Backstage series, Bruegel's Non-Resident Fellow Dirk Schoenmaker welcomes Molly Scott Cato, a Green party MEP for South West England, for a conversation on the EU's plan to transition towards sustainable finance. In this episode of the Backstage series, Bruegel’s Non-Resident Fellow Dirk Schoenmaker welcomes Molly Scott Cato, a Green party MEP for South West England, for a conversation on the EU’s plan to transition towards sustainable finance. To achieve the EU’s...

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What the “gilets jaunes” movement tells us about environment and climate policies

Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann write on the climate governance lesson European governments should learn from the "gilets jaunes" experience. This piece was  published in Corriere della Sera Over the last two weeks the gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement has quickly spread across France, leaving the country’s roads – as well as its political leadership – in turmoil. The movement emerged spontaneously against the rising fuel taxes intended by the government to foster the...

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