Green Finance News Round Up: 23rd-27th September 2019

By Richard Howard

27th September 2019

Top Stories

The story which will have the biggest impact this week on the Green Finance industry was the delay to the implementation of the EU’s standards on sustainable finance, which are aimed at qualifying what is ‘green’.

Sticking with European Institutions, a paper has been released by the ECB and EBRD (Ralph De Haas and Alexander A. Popov) concluding that economies with higher levels of equity funding have lower emissions per capita. Potentially meaning that investment in stocks and share has more climate benefits than fixed-income.

Finally, the fall out from last week’s climate strike continues with a surge in news and announcements.

Investment Analysis

Epargne responsable : les Français s’intéressent en priorité aux questions environnementales – Rachida Boughriet – Actu-Environnement

Global Climate Regulation Looms on the Horizon. Are Banks and Insurers Ready? – Rob Bailey – Brink News

Climate Bonds Initiative releases inaugural report focused on Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) market – Climate Bonds Initiative

Finance and Carbon Emissions – Ralph De Haas and Alexander A. Popov – SSRN

Sustainable investing is taking Wall Street by storm—but there’s plenty of room for growth in ETFs – Kirsten Chang – CNBC

Investors willing to shoulder costs of ESG investing – Survey – Douglas Appell – Pensions and Investments

Japanese companies lead world in disclosing climate risks – FT

STOXX | ESG-X Indices Report – Responsible Investor

What 1,000 CEOs Really Think About Climate Change and Inequality – Andrew Winston – Harvard Business Review

Professional investors will sacrifice returns for ESG, study finds – Nick Fitzpatrick – Funds Europe

INSIGHT: SEC Regulation of ESG Disclosures – Leonard Wang – Bloomberg Tax

Wealthy Investors Wake Up To Climate Change As ‘Single Greatest Threat To The World;’ Report – Ollie Williams – Forbes

Qu’attendent les jeunes des placements financiers? – Laura Fort – Paper Jam

European investors remain sceptical on ESG – David Brenchley – Investment Week

Renewable energy industry: It’s time for ESG 2.0 – Gregory Wetstone – Value Walk

Investment News

UN Climate Summit: Danish pensions to lead green transition with €47bn pledge – Rachel Fixsen – IPE

HK aims to create world’s most dynamic green finance market – The Asset

Hedge funds join the hunt for the ESG ‘factor’ – FT

Fidelity brings ESG portfolios to advisers – Ryan Neal – Investment News

Japan’s $1.5tn pension fund to go all in on green bonds – Daichi Mishima – Nikkei Asian Review

Markets face major risks over lax climate forecasts, top investors warn – Ron Bousso – Reuters

IHS Markit launches world-first carbon credit index – Mike Sheen – Investment Week

Investors aren’t ready for climate policy shifts – UN Group – Pensions and Investments

Group call on ABP to halt new investments in fossil fuels – Pension and Investments

Pension funds and insurers pledge climate action at U.N. summit – Matthew Green – Reuters

Robeco launches emerging markets ESG index fund – George Geddes – EFT Stream

Investors form alliance to shift to carbon-neutral portfolios – Paulina Pielichata

Pension schemes sign charter to demand climate change action – Jonathan Stapleton – Professional Advisor

BNY Mellon expands ESG analysis to corporate bonds – Investment Week

Fidelity Teams Up With Ethic on ESG Investing – Ross Snel – Barron’s

Le Conseil de l’UE propose de repousser la taxonomie verte à 2022 – Fabrice Anselm – L’Agefi

EU states delay ‘green’ finance guide, leave it open to nuclear power – Francesco Guarascio – Reuters

Council maintains nuclear as eligible for ‘green’ finance – Jorge Valero – Euractiv

Hermes, UBS and Federated launch SDG engagement high yield funds – Anna Fedorova – Business Green

CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems – Jeff St. John – GreenTech Media

Bluefield heralds arrival of UK subsidy-free solar, makes maiden pipeline agreements – Liam Stoker – Solar Power Portal

TRIG to change investment strategy –


Let Finance Play Its Role in Carbon Market Development – Zhou Xiaochuan – Caixin

How the ESG debate in Europe is a world away from Australia – Hans van Leeuwen

Banks must cut the flow of funding for fossil fuels – FT

The Potentially High Cost of Not Disclosing ESG Data – WSJ

Elizabeth Warren’s Climate Risk Disclosure Act Tries to Do What the SEC Didn’t – Rebecca Heiweil – Cheddar

ESG investing throws up dilemmas in emerging markets – FT

Could ESG trump oil for older investors? – FT

Why interest in ‘impact investing’ is taking hold – Terry Cain – The Globe and Mail

ESG data: Land of confusion – Mark Dunne – Portfolio Institutional

Time’s up for climate change denial lobbyists – Fiona Reynolds – PRI

Monetizing Millennial Consumers, from Sustainable Brands to Sustainable Investing – Tina Casey – Triple Pundit



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