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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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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