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European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

Three-quarters of European companies have set emission-reduction goals, but details of how they intend to achieve them are lacking, while only one in ten is on track to hit net-zero targets, finds recent research. Pressure is growing on corporates – and regulators – to take more action.

ESG integration: Easy to say but very hard to do

ESG integration: Easy to say but very hard to do

Investors increasingly claim to be incorporating ESG factors into their portfolios. But are they doing so genuinely and for the right reasons, and what should best practice entail in ESG integration? The concept is still vague, with a clear definition some way off.

Banks and regulators face off over climate stress tests

Banks and regulators face off over climate stress tests

Pressure is growing for prudential measures to help tackle the climate crisis, with banks facing a rise in estimated credit losses of up to 20% in a 'hot-house' scenario. But bankers say climate-related stress tests should not lead to more capital requirements, and some propose alternatives.

Why blue bonds and ESG debt swaps remain niche

Why blue bonds and ESG debt swaps remain niche

Initiatives are under way to build the markets for so-called blue bonds – which finance ocean-related conservation projects – and environmentally related debt swaps. But there are doubts over the scalability of such programmes, despite the huge appetite for sustainable assets.

Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement village operator Summerset has inked a landmark sustainability-linked loan related to reductions in carbon emissions and construction waste and, less typically, the development of dementia care. Its domestic peers are also expected to take the green finance path.

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

The carbon offsetting market is growing rapidly as more and more companies pledge net zero, but the proper place for carbon offsets in their strategies remains unclear. Microsoft's recent about-turn is a prime example.

Has Tariq Fancy demolished the case for ESG investing?

Has Tariq Fancy demolished the case for ESG investing?

A recent essay by the former global head of sustainable investing at the world’s largest asset manager poured scorn on the climate claims of ESG investment strategies. But experts argue that while ESG investing is far from perfect, it still has a significant role to play in helping to achieve net zero.

Explaining Goldman Sachs’ sustainability drive

Explaining Goldman Sachs’ sustainability drive

The US bank recently acquired NN Investment Partners and is offering tools to help clients with their low-carbon transition, says sustainable finance head John Goldstein. But its climate policies and disclosure lag behind industry best practice, though there are plans to remedy that.

Behind the Chinese energy sector’s debut green loan

Behind the Chinese energy sector’s debut green loan

Teess – a joint venture between France’s TotalEnergies and Chinese renewables company Envision – will execute the first green-funded project in China’s solar industry as it bets on the country’s energy transition. Capital Monitor takes an in-depth look at the deal.

Investors ramp up push for global carbon tax

Investors ramp up push for global carbon tax

Climate disclosure does not change corporate behaviour fast enough and time is running out, executives from Invesco and two influential investment associations said at a Capital Monitor event. They argued that a carbon tax is needed to prompt a fundamental market shift.

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