About: sustainable finance

Draft EU plan outlines regulatory roadmap for green finance

The European Commission is considering a wide range of measures to bring the EU's financial sector into line with its climate goals, according to a draft strategy paper to be published next Tuesday (6 July).

LEAK: EU considers expanding role of gas in green finance

The European Commission is reconsidering the position of gas in its sustainable finance taxonomy by recognising the fossil fuel’s role in keeping the lights on during peak electricity demand, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.

EU prepares to turn the screw on asset managers over greenwashing

For money managers and advisers keen to market their sustainable investing credentials to European clients, going green is about to get a lot tougher.

Parliament spells out red lines in EU battle over green finance

Senior lawmakers have expressed concerns about the EU’s proposed sustainable finance taxonomy rule book, raising the possibility that an unruly cross-party majority might emerge to reject the proposal in the European Parliament.

EU advisors and Poland’s PGE increase pressure over gas in green finance rules

The European Commission came under new pressure on Monday (22 February) from Poland's biggest power producer, PGE, and its own advisors, over whether to include gas power in EU rules on sustainable finance.

EU green finance advisors asked to clarify ‘transition’ to net-zero climate goal

The European Commission has asked advisors to rework the EU’s green finance taxonomy rules after member states rejected draft implementing guidelines, unhappy about the exclusion of gas as a “transition” activity towards net-zero emissions.
Economy & Jobs 26-01-2021

Banks ask for better data to implement EU green finance taxonomy 

The availability of good data is seen as one of the main challenges to implement the EU taxonomy on sustainable finance, according to a test conducted by banks published on Monday (25 January).
Economy & Jobs 11-12-2020

Commission prepares ground for ‘ambitious’ sustainable finance strategy

The European Commission will present in early 2021 an “ambitious” sustainable finance strategy to mobilise the private investment needed to meet the EU’s climate targets.

The EU’s green finance taxonomy: an Orwellian mechanism

The European Commission’s sustainable finance taxonomy bears all the hallmarks of failed governance: opacity, imprecision, and subjectivity with a punitive approach albeit not assumed, writes Daniel Guéguen. In short, it’s an Orwellian mechanism, he argues.

Finance: becoming green while in the red

Money talks, but it also needs to listen: listen to the demand for change for a financial system that takes account of non-financial issues, from climate change to social inclusion, writes Commissioner Mairead McGuinness.
Climate change 16-11-2020

EU countries urged to support ‘green recovery’ across the globe

European countries should use their influence as shareholders to encourage green investments in countries across the world, said Climate Envoy for the Netherlands, Marcel Beukeboom, as the High Ambition Coalition launched its Statement on a Resilient Recovery.
Circular economy 09-11-2020

Sustainable Finance: Opportunity or threat for the manufacturing industry?

Since the publication of the Sustainable Finance Package in 2018, the European Commission has sent clear messages to investors in Europe that the financial sector must not harm the planet and its citizens, and must avoid green washing. The objectives...
Circular economy 30-10-2020

Commission readies implementation of sustainable finance

The European Commission will detail in the coming weeks what could be considered a ‘green’ activity, a technical definition that would help to unlock the massive investment needed to achieve the EU's climate objectives.

Europe urged to align budget with green finance rules

The EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy should be systematically applied to track green investments in the bloc’s next long-term budget and coronavirus recovery fund, which together amount to €1.8 trillion over the next seven years, according to a new report launched on Wednesday (28 October).
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2020

McGuinness wants ‘full investigation’ into Wirecard scandal

The Commissioner-designate for financial services, Ireland's Mairead McGuinness, promised on Friday (2 October) a “full investigation” into the Wirecard fraud that has thoroughly shaken up Germany, to see why supervision failed.

Commission must issue green bonds to finance the green recovery

The European Commission has a unique opportunity to issue green bonds to finance the EU's coronavirus recovery plan and ensure overall investment coherence with the Green Deal, write Pascal Canfin and Bas Eickhout.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Investing post-COVID: Is a green recovery assured?

As policymakers turn their attention to the economic recovery post-COVID, there is a risk that investments in a green recovery may be side-lined.

Sustainable finance: ‘Germany needs to show leadership’

The EU economic recovery plan presented by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May will also be based on the so-called taxonomy which gives priority to sectors in the field of low-carbon transition. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Emission thresholds in EU green finance taxonomy are too high. Here’s why

Carbon dioxide emission limits in the EU taxonomy suggested by the technical expert group are too high and will make it virtually impossible to reach EU climate goals for 2030 and 2050, argues a group of Swedish lawmakers.

EU reaches milestone by agreeing on green criteria for finance

MEPs and the Finnish presidency of the EU Council agreed Thursday (5 December) on a taxonomy to determine what economic activities can be considered ‘green’, paving the way for billions of euros to be channelled into investments to fight climate change.

Paris, Berlin divided over nuclear’s recognition as green energy

Disagreement on the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s upcoming green finance taxonomy has revived long-standing divisions between France and Germany over the energy transition. EURACTIV France reports.

Banks taking only ‘superficial’ climate action, study reveals

Despite an explosion in green finance, banks have made only superficial changes to their lending practices, with fossil fuel funding going virtually unabated over the past years, according to a new report by Boston Common Asset Management released today (11 November).

Gas industry storms into EU green finance taxonomy debate

Industry executives argue fossil gas should be considered green when it displaces coal in power generation, sparking fresh controversy around an upcoming EU sustainable finance taxonomy aimed at rewarding investments in clean technologies.

Sustainable finance drive can help address EU’s political challenges

Sustainability and inclusivity have correctly been placed as guiding principles for Europe’s finance policy. The next few months – with decisions on the EIB and the start of a new European Commission – will be decisive in order to put those principles into action, write Tom Jess and Sandrine Dixon-Declève.