Passive investing has been posed as a threat to the planet – but how far does the data support these claims?
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
America's solar industry has faced challenges getting financing, but investor and public sentiment is improving and government support is growing. A $400m debt issue last month was another positive sign.
Green short-term funding has struggled to take off as an asset class. With Asia’s first green commercial paper guarantee for Taiwan’s Sing Da Marine Structure, Crédit Agricole hopes that a new wind is blowing.
The British bank is calculating a carbon budget that should lead to an overhaul of its balance sheet. Starting by tightening financing policy for the oil and gas sector, the group will introduce a series of emissions-led sector targets by 2022. A bold move, but critics argue the plans lack clarity.
Investors are increasingly joining the IMF, OECD and World Bank in pushing for a global system for carbon pricing. Implementing it remains politically problematic, but the ever-louder alarm bells over climate change are raising hopes it could happen.
Despite Seoul's commitment to reducing the country's reliance on fossil fuels, new coal-fired power projects are still raising funds. But the commodity's recent sharp price rise may focus the minds of corporate executives, bankers and government officials.
Despite coal's influence on global warming, less than half of the world’s largest asset managers have an investment policy in place for it, according to non-profit organisation Reclaim Finance.
Some car manufacturers have sold green bonds, but Paris-based Valeo is Europe’s first automotive sector company to target carbon emission reduction along the entire manufacturing chain.
As demand for sustainable investing continues its global rise, the corresponding jump in regulation has meant Australia and Europe – among the leaders in this area – have witnessed eligible ESG assets drop dramatically as a proportion of overall assets. Will Canada be next?
The Energy Charter Treaty, which gives oil and gas companies a route to suing governments, is increasingly hindering climate policy reform, say campaigners. And it is not the only agreement of its type.
The multilateral finance institution is developing a renewable energy platform that it aims to list in London to lure more investment to Africa. Capital Monitor spoke to two top executives about the plans.
Capital Monitor asked 22 top insurers for their position on the recent IEA report calling for an immediate cessation to investing in and building new oil and gas projects. Only seven responded with answers but none were prepared to make firm commitments.