Concerned investors are starting to make corporate laggards take real action on climate change, but for some investors, they are not moving fast enough.
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Climate activists are using courts to hold big emitters accountable. Landmark successes in recent months suggest this trend is set to continue as the imperative to slash emissions and ditch fossil fuels grows ever greater.
A new green bond standard proposed by the European Commission will provide issuers with a robust tool to demonstrate they are funding legitimately green projects in line with net-zero targets.
Explicitly linking sustainability and financial data reporting, as will soon be required by EU regulation, could provide much-needed clarity for investors and serve as a strategic tool for companies in transition.
Emissions data shows that carbon capture and storage has a long way to go if energy companies are serious about using the technology to decarbonise.
Classifying which economic activities contribute to environmental objectives is a central part of the EU sustainable finance agenda. Head of the European Sustainable Investment Forum Victor van Hoorn explains what is behind a new EU 'green' taxonomy.
Brexit has been a serious blow to the City of London. Can a growing global sustainable finance market provide some compensation?
2021 will see institutional capital begin to move, at scale, away from assets facing high levels of climate risk and, increasingly, towards companies and infrastructure that are well-positioned for a low-carbon global economy.
Cheap renewable energy and difficulties financing coal are forcing change in South Africa, but there are concerns vested interests could push gas over solar and wind.
A decision to widen the definition of environmental risk to include nature as well as climate change would have largely positive implications.