As part of a push to improve financial literacy, the Czech consumer credit provider has linked the first ESG loan it has taken out globally – in the Philippines' sustainable debt market – to that goal. Jean Lafontaine, head of funding, treasury, M&A and investor relations, gives the lowdown.
Debate surrounding the Transition Pathway Initiative’s recent analysis of energy companies’ transition plans highlights the glaring loopholes in oil majors’ net-zero strategies.
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?
Countries party to the Energy Charter Treaty are under yet more pressure to reform the agreement following the Cop26 climate summit, with Denmark and New Zealand admitting the threat of investor-state lawsuits has hindered their climate policy ambitions.
Climate tech companies are presenting themselves as a solution to carbon reduction that early-stage investors are buying into. However, venture capital investment is disproportionally aligned with sectors that offer limited potential.
S&P Global Sustainable1 analysis shows that vital corporate assets around the world are increasingly in harm’s way as the planet endures a growing number of catastrophic weather events linked to climate change.
A series of forthcoming policy and industry initiatives this year should help banks and asset managers understand and report their impact on nature, but full integration of such risks still looks some way off.
Last year put sustainability accounting and reporting on the map. The next 12 months should see regulators, standard setters and companies taking a closer look at areas like double materiality, Scope 3 emissions and nature-based reporting.
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.
Bankers say clean energy needs more policy stability to secure funding in the face of rising market risks, as more investors cut exposure to fossil fuels – in some cases entirely.
Investors that are early adopters of fossil fuel exclusion policies tend to rank highly on voting, while some vocal critics of divestment are not as active on engagement as their stance might suggest, new data reveals.