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Will banks help or hinder the carbon offset market?

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.

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

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.

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.

Managing climate change risk now

Managing climate change risk now

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.

In partnership with RMS

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.

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.

How nickel production is striving to go green

How nickel production is striving to go green

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.

Analysis: Banks’ net-zero promises falling short

Analysis: Banks’ net-zero promises falling short

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.  

BlackRock proxy voting move: A genuine boon for stewardship?

BlackRock proxy voting move: A genuine boon for stewardship?

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.

Why La Banque Postale leads banking world on climate action

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.

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

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.

In partnership with PRI

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.

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