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Will banks help or hinder the carbon offset market?

Will banks help or hinder the carbon offset market?

Banks say they can help build scale in voluntary carbon markets, by providing services from market-making to deal origination and stewardship. But some say it is too early for such intervention, arguing that profits still need to go into developing technologies.

Managing climate change risk now

Managing climate change risk now

Businesses know the influence climate change is having on our environment. And while many will do all they can to accelerate the race to net zero, effective climate change risk modelling must form the backbone of these efforts.

In partnership with RMS

Cop26: Bankers respond to doubts over net-zero commitments

Cop26: Bankers respond to doubts over net-zero commitments

Banks account for around half of the $130trn in private capital Mark Carney said at the Cop26 summit was aligned with net zero, but there is widespread scepticism about the announcement. Senior executives from some of the biggest lenders give Capital Monitor their take.

Cop26 methane pledge needs “money and muscle”

Cop26 methane pledge needs “money and muscle”

There are calls for regulation to support the new global commitment to cutting methane levels, seen as one of the quickest ways to tackle climate change. But how it will be funded is unclear, and the absence of China, India and Russia from the pledge does not bode well.

Allison Herren Lee: SEC climate champion sets out wish list

Allison Herren Lee: SEC climate champion sets out wish list

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has long seemed oblivious to the dangers of environmental inaction, but things are changing fast under new leadership. Commissioner Allison Herren Lee tells Capital Monitor how the regulator is modernising to tackle climate change.

Analysis: Banks’ net-zero promises falling short

Analysis: Banks’ net-zero promises falling short

Despite positive noises at Cop26, analysis conducted by Capital Monitor of lenders’ fossil fuel policies underlines why critics remain sceptical of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance’s ability to get signatories to align with International Energy Agency recommendations.  

Why La Banque Postale leads banking world on climate action

Why La Banque Postale leads banking world on climate action

The lender is the first globally to release a comprehensive sustainability strategy to exit fossil fuels and the first in Europe to have its climate goals validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative. We speak to its CEO about why he believes such moves make good business sense.

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

The loss of our forests could prevent the world from meeting the Paris Agreement target of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C. Over half of global GDP is covered by a national net-zero target, yet it is questionable whether any of these targets will be met without significant progress on deforestation.

In partnership with PRI

Cop26: Does it matter who attends?

Cop26: Does it matter who attends?

The stakes are higher than ever for the upcoming UN climate talks in Glasgow to deliver results on policy promises, but the absence of key players has tempered expectations. Still, there are positive signs of progress from the world of business and finance.

Why capitalism should have listened to the King of Bhutan

Why capitalism should have listened to the King of Bhutan

The idea of incorporating gross national happiness into mainstream economic thought has long been a subject reserved for debating societies and 'lefty' thinkers. As politicians are cornered into taking immediate action on climate change, capitalism is in for a big surprise.

UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

The British bank is calculating a carbon budget that should lead to an overhaul of its balance sheet. Starting by tightening financing policy for the oil and gas sector, the group will introduce a series of emissions-led sector targets by 2022. A bold move, but critics argue the plans lack clarity.

The policy wish list to avoid climate catastrophe

The policy wish list to avoid climate catastrophe

The IPCC’s latest report is unequivocal: humans are warming the planet. With Cop26 looming, everyone is clear that rapid policy action is required to mobilise trillions of public and private finance to reverse the damage done. We outline what policies they are.

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