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Market’s love for Adani belies coal sector challenges

Market’s love for Adani belies coal sector challenges

India’s Adani Group, the world’s largest private developer of fossil fuels, is still securing funding for its Carmichael project in Australia despite investors increasingly withdrawing support and rising negative sentiment against coal. But how long will it be able to do so?

Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Tokyo wants to become Asia’s top sustainable finance centre by riding the wave of green bond issuance in Japan. That would require a change in the mindset of local investors and an alignment with international norms, not least around its planned taxonomy.

Why wealth managers must deliver greater levels of transparency and granularity to their clients

Why wealth managers must deliver greater levels of transparency and granularity to their clients

High net worth individuals are increasingly demanding to know precisely how sustainable their portfolios are, but wealth managers have traditionally struggled with the complexity of offering the granular view of ESG metrics such visibility requires. Rodolphe Bocquet of Clarity AI discusses efforts being made to integrate total transparency into one’s models – and the implications of a failure to do so.

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The lowdown on NTU’s landmark sustainability-linked bond

The lowdown on NTU’s landmark sustainability-linked bond

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University has sold a bond that is only the second of its kind globally. If it misses its targets, the step-up money will go into climate research or carbon offsets, not to investors. Capital Monitor gets the skinny from NTU finance chief Ong Eng Hock.

Sustainability-linked bonds could help solve UK inflation woes

Sustainability-linked bonds could help solve UK inflation woes

As one of the more eager issuers of bonds linked to inflation, the UK faces the prospect of higher borrowing costs as high inflation begins to look less temporary than initially expected. Sustainability-linked bonds, relatively new instruments, could provide a long-term antidote.

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.

Understanding KiwiRail’s landmark green loan deal

Understanding KiwiRail’s landmark green loan deal

New Zealand’s state rail and ferry operator is buying two new diesel-electric ferries with the help of the first debt to be certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative. KiwiRail’s move is a step forward in decarbonising the shipping sector and progressing the country’s net-zero emissions goals.

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.

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.

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