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Virginia Furness

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Sustainable banking editor

Virginia Furness is the sustainable banking editor of Capital Monitor and joins from Euromoney where she was most recently the Middle East and Africa editor. With a decade covering the financial markets, during which she worked in senior editorial roles at Reuters and Global Capital, Virginia is focused on holding to account the ESG commitments made by the world’s most influential banking institutions.

Articles by Virginia Furness
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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.

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How ING aligned 45% of its lending book to net zero

Banks globally are grappling with the challenge of decarbonising their lending portfolios. Dutch lender ING has devised sector pathways for the nine most emissions-heavy sectors in its loan book – here’s how it did so.

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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.

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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.

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Nomura plots net-zero path, but what will be its impact?

Last month the Japanese bank joined the growing list of its peers pledging to hit net zero by 2050. But how will it achieve that and what will it mean in terms of impact, given the firm derives most of its revenues from wholesale banking and has little exposure to high-carbon sectors?

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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.

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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.

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British lenders face up to challenge to bank refugees

Lloyds Bank is leading efforts among UK lenders to provide easier access to financial services for the rising number of refugees in the country, most recently from Afghanistan. But they could do a lot more, as France’s BNP Paribas is showing elsewhere.

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