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EU releases new Action Plan on Sustainable Finance

The European Commission has released its new Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, following the publication of its High-Level Expert Group’s recommendations for supporting the sector. The Action Plan has three main aims: reorient capital flows towards sustainable investment manage financial risks stemming from climate change, environmental degradation...

Is the EU about to launch a ‘green’ assets classification system?

Earlier this year, the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published its final recommendations, including a call for Europe to create a robust classification system for 'green' or 'sustainable' investments. Now it's reported that EU finance ministers have accepted the need for a classification system, according...

Green finance group call on EU to stop funding fossil fuels

13 July, the EU’s high-level group on sustainable finance published its interim report  prompting the European Union to stop all public funding for fossil fuel industries such as coal, oil and gas. The upcoming revision of the EU’s multi-annual budget is “a significant opportunity” to increase investments in clean...

Green and Sustainable Finance highlighted in EU’s Capital Markets Union initiative

The mid-term review of EU’s Capital Markets Union Initiative was published on June 8th.  The report contains a section dedicated to green and sustainable finance, marking another step towards mainstreaming green finance in Europe as reported by EURACTIV’s Frédéric Simon.  Once regarded as “exotic”, sustainable...

What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S. ?

A summary of the story evolving so far… In the wake of U.S President Donald Trump announcing the intention for the US to withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord June 1st Jess Shankleman on Bloomberg, provides a useful Q&A of what comes of the accord without...