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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One of Africa’s biggest polluters, energy and chemicals group Sasol has repeatedly refused to table resolutions calling for disclosure of climate lobbying activities. Similarly obstructive tactics have been used elsewhere, including in Europe.
A corporate treasurer’s work has historically revolved around cash flow forecasts, but increasingly involves defining sustainability key performance indicators and monitoring ESG data. Miguel Silva Gonzalez of Dutch supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize gives his take.
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.
The chief investment officer of Spanish insurer Mapfre says EU regulators' attempts to supervise sustainable assets are too prescriptive, in that they lack essential interpretative context. This, he adds, is also partly why external ESG ratings fail to add major value.
Under pressure from the financial sector, the EU, G7 and other influential bodies are ramping up the push to achieve consistent measurement and reporting of sustainability impact amid concerns that separate initiatives are hindering this goal.
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.
With investors pushing back on what they see as weak or immaterial claims by issuers of sustainability-linked debt, banks are now citing similar concerns – though they are still arranging deals seen as questionable.
The lucrative business of securities lending – often criticised for lacking transparency and not being aligned with long-term responsible investment – is in the spotlight more than ever. But ESG-related standards are being developed for the industry.
The founder of ClientEarth, James Thornton, explains how the environmental law charity takes on large corporates and governments to tackle climate change.
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.
Often cash-flush and shy of scrutiny, higher education institutions have not typically felt the need or inclination to raise green bonds, despite their suitability for such funding. That is changing, with private placements seen as increasingly popular.
New research reveals many insurers are still shying away from tightening up their oil and gas policies in line with International Energy Agency recommendations. That said, they have made solid progress on coal, having generally closed the gap on the asset and liability side.
Businesses know the influence climate change is having on our environment. And while many will do all they can to accelerate the race to net zero, effective climate change risk modelling must form the backbone of these efforts.
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AkademikerPension, ATP and PensionDanmark are increasingly heavily focused on green investing but take different approaches to renewable energy and high-carbon assets, and to climate transition in general.
Over 2,000 governments and businesses have signed up to some form of net-zero commitment, but, in the midst of a 'code red' for humanity, 2050 feels a very long way away. Richard Mattison, president of S&P Global Sustainable1, discusses how we can accelerate progress.
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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.
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.
Capital Monitor research shows that only one in four banks have linked CEO pay to environmental impact metrics, and the ESG targets that have been set often lack transparency and impact – despite growing stakeholder pressure to address such issues.
Mining of nickel – a key component of electric vehicle batteries – is carbon-intensive, but that is changing with the rise of hydrometallurgy extraction. Tanzania’s Kabanga project is a prime example of how this process is gaining traction, but also of the investment risks involved.
Despite positive noises at Cop26, analysis conducted by Capital Monitor of lenders’ fossil fuel policies underlines why critics remain sceptical of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance’s ability to get signatories to align with International Energy Agency recommendations.
The world’s biggest fund house is to offer wider proxy voting rights to many of its institutional clients. But there is scepticism over how much impact the move will have, and other big asset managers are reluctant to make similar commitments despite rising pressure to do so.
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.
The loss of our forests could prevent the world from meeting the Paris Agreement target of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C. Over half of global GDP is covered by a national net-zero target, yet it is questionable whether any of these targets will be met without significant progress on deforestation.
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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.
Sustainability expertise has become a key priority for corporate boards in Europe but the sharp rise in demand for ESG-focused top-level executives has not driven an equivalent jump in pay, say recruiters.
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.