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Oil and gas companies exploit long end amid optimism on transition

Capital markets bankers are alert to the possibility that growing awareness of the need to transition away from fossil fuels — acknowledged explicitly by all signatories to the Paris Agreement for the first time in the COP26 agreement in Glasgow — could begin to sap the bond market access of oil and gas companies.

Innovative financing to put $100bn climate funding goal in reach

IFFIm model may prove valuable in reaching target

Catastrophe risk, climate change and the convergence market

Reinsurance and ILS is ‘still in its infancy’ in understanding climate change’s impact on catastrophe risk.

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JPM creates markets sustainability centre under hire from BNP Paribas

ESG talent war arrives in markets businesses
Green paint and brush

Bankers under pressure to load up on ESG staff

ESG specialists from outside banking appeal to hiring managers because of lower salaries

COP organiser begs attendees to go remote as capacity problems hit event

Despite hopes that crowds would lessen, the wait to enter the venue remained as long on Wednesday as on Tuesday

UK edges towards new capital regime for climate risk

The PRA believes capital requirements can be useful in addressing the consequences of climate change

China encourages foreign issuers to sell social, sustainability bonds

Interbank regulator pushes for the development of the ESG-linked Panda bond market

Austria and New Zealand prep debut green bonds for 2022

List of sovereign green bond issuers to be expanded with arrival of Austria and New Zealand next year

LatAm sustainable finance to boom following COP26

Capital markets experts suggest that the UN’s COP26 event will stimulate the issuance of sovereign green bonds in Latin America and the Caribbean, as government taxonomies pave the way for new types of debt financing
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Finance the crunch issue as COP talks enter final stages

EU and US need to offer developing world more to secure an ambitious deal


  • If the COP 26 conference on climate, which concludes this week in Glasgow, has had a consistent theme, it has been trying to agree how much funding the developing world needs from the rich one to combat the most severe consequences of climate change, and how to make sure that funding gets there
  • In the final episode in this series, Marjella Lecourt-Alma, of ESG risk management specialist Datamaran, explains why she gave COP26 a miss, what she expects to be the main drivers of climate action next year, and why the quest for perfect data is a distraction from the transition challenges ahead.
  • James Close, head of climate change at NatWest, looks at how the endgame might play out in Glasgow, what promises of a net-zero finance centre in London will mean in practice and the opportunities from creating credible carbon markets.
  • Richard Mattison, formerly CEO of environmental data pioneer Trucost and now head of S&P Global’s Sustainable1 division, talks new climate accounting standards, the need for scrutiny of net-zero commitments and what it will take for Glasgow to count as a successful COP.


Insurance market walks the energy transition tightrope

Continued support for fossil fuel-producing clients will remain a bedrock of energy insurance underwriting for some time to come as the insurance market looks to shift towards environmentally friendly underwriting, market participants have told Insurance Insider.
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Net zero ambitions to drive M&A boom to new heights

Due to the increased use of M&A as a route to net zero, experts do not expect the boom to die down any time soon

Abu Dhabi plans 2 solar projects, sets 2025 target

The government of Abu Dhabi has announced an 8.8GW renewables capacity target for the year 2025 and is planning 2 new solar schemes with a combined output of 2GW
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Asset owners take on greenwashing by asset managers

Institutions set out eight minimum ESG criteria
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Belize blue bond naysayers miss the point

Whenever an ESG debt capital markets transaction catches the attention of the mainstream press, it tends to put noses out of joint among those who did not participate.
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Deforestation deal leaves forests still at critical risk

Rich countries pledge $12bn but Amazon may not survive
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Hopes for more debt for nature swaps as Belize crystallises savings

Some 20 countries candidates for debt for conservation, says Credit Suisse sustainability chief

Hydrogen batteries, the new frontier?

The Australian private sector has a well-documented history of picking up the slack over energy transition where the government falls short, and its performance at COP26 is true to form

The need for climate adaptation is urgent and universal

At the same time as taking urgent action to mitigate or reduce the causes of climate change, the world needs to urgently adapt to an environment where heat waves, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events, are increasingly common.

Scaling-up innovative technologies is critical to achieving net zero

Hitting the Paris Agreement climate goals is as much about shrinking a reliance on carbon intensive industries as it is about investing in and scaling-up new, game-changing technologies that can facilitate the transition to a lower carbon world.

Biodiversity loss demands urgent joint action from the public and private sectors

World governments, multilateral development banks, companies and investors are increasingly aware of the threat and consequences of biodiversity degradation, but greater urgency, investment and action is needed to tackle and slow the rate at which nature is being extinguished.

COP26 Conversations — Eila Kreivi, EIB’s head of capital markets

As part of a series of interviews on some of the big issues shaping the debate at COP26, GlobalCapital speaks to the EIB, an influential and pioneering force in sustainable finance and the international green bond market, on mobilising finance.

Rabobank’s Draijer: Finance is vital to food transition

Rabobank CEO Wiebe Draijer says that private finance must have a role in financing the transition to a more sustainable, equitable and healthy way of feeding the planet.

Housing finance can save the planet

Housing finance can deliver huge reductions in greenhouse emissions, according to the head of the European covered bond lobby group

Rabobank turns to farmers to tackle climate change and boost biodiversity

Sustainable agriculture holds the key to reducing emissions and transforming the global food system, says Rabo Carbon Bank’s chief executive.

A vision for nature-based financial disclosures

Bank of America’s Abyd Karmali is on the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. Ahead of the nature-based COP15 and climate-based COP26, he tells Euromoney what is at stake.
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COP in the rearview – M&A to the fore

Protesters and the political dregs are upping sticks from the COP26 summit to take 'sustainable' transport solutions for the next hot air symposium as dust settles on more MoUs than you can shake a toothy grin at

Look to vaccine bond model for climate finance

Leverage can't solve everything

The need for climate adaptation is urgent and universal

At the same time as taking urgent action to mitigate or reduce the causes of climate change, the world needs to urgently adapt to an environment where heat waves, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events, are increasingly common.

Good COP, bad COP… and empty vessels

IJ Global's editorial director looks back over the first week of the Glasgow COP and worries too much is being promised and not enough is getting done
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Japan considers making climate risk disclosures mandatory

Prime segment listed companies will be expected to follow climate risk disclosure requirements as the country looks to align to TCFD reporting standards
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FCA draws from EU experience with simplified sustainability disclosure requirements

The UK watchdog has released a discussion paper on sustainability disclosure requirements for asset managers and on a new labelling system for sustainable investment products, which sources say are more practical than the EU’s SFDR rules 

The countries and sectors leading the ‘green’ trademark race

EUIPO data shows non-EU countries are applying for ‘green’ EUTMs at a higher rate than their European counterparts, but which industry comes out on top?
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Asset managers demand clearer sustainable investing definitions

Investment heads feel that ESG is no longer separate from investment, but want a less complicated regulatory environment
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