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European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

Three-quarters of European companies have set emission-reduction goals, but details of how they intend to achieve them are lacking, while only one in ten is on track to hit net-zero targets, finds recent research. Pressure is growing on corporates – and regulators – to take more action.

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.

Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement village operator Summerset has inked a landmark sustainability-linked loan related to reductions in carbon emissions and construction waste and, less typically, the development of dementia care. Its domestic peers are also expected to take the green finance path.

Explaining Goldman Sachs’ sustainability drive

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.

NZ Super Fund ramps up focus on climate impact investing

NZ Super Fund ramps up focus on climate impact investing

Recognised as a leading asset owner in portfolio carbon reduction, New Zealand Superannuation Fund is further refining its environmental investing strategy. The state institution is looking to do earlier-stage deals and use more impact-focused asset managers, among other things. Here's how.

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.

The policy wish list to avoid climate catastrophe

The policy wish list to avoid climate catastrophe

The IPCC’s latest report is unequivocal: humans are warming the planet. With COP26 looming, everyone is clear that rapid policy action is required to mobilise trillions of public and private finance to reverse the damage done. We outline what policies they are.

Using TCFD as the foundation for the ‘social’ in ESG

Using TCFD as the foundation for the ‘social’ in ESG

In the past 12 months, attention has shifted towards the 'S' in ESG as governments prioritise sustainability like never before. But more needs to be done to enhance the social information being provided, writes Mardi McBrien, managing director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board.

By Mardi McBrien

In partnership with Climate Disclosure Standards Board

A guide to sustainable reporting standards

A guide to sustainable reporting standards

Accurate corporate reporting is key in the fight against climate change, but with more than 600 standards to potentially work to, it’s enough to confuse even the most hardened bean-counter. We flag those you can’t ignore.