Articles on Sustainable Finance

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestor: we borrow it from our children…”

~Native American Proverb

Sustainable finance refers to any form of financial service integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of both clients and society at large.

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Is the Energy Crisis the opportunity to “Go Green” for Real?

Introduction The current energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed the vulnerability of global supply chains and their interdependence, and especially Europe’s dependence on authoritarian states such as Russia for its energy provision. This crisis has had numerous consequences that have been extensively covered in the press: rise in the price of…

Why Emerging Markets Will Miss The ESG Exploit

The exponential growth forecasted for sustainable investments risks being undermined by the structural gaps of the ESG ecosystem. Emerging markets will suffer a greater slow down due to their inner instability which has pushed western investors to limit their capital exposure. An overview of ESG and supply issues A recent study by PwC Ireland shows…

The Big ESG Debate: What Are the Critics Saying And How We Respond

Introduction Sustainable finance has brought profound shifts to the financial markets. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) assets – defined as assets deemed by investors to have strong ESG-related characteristics – are expected to reach $41 trillion by the end of 2022, or one-third of total assets under management.1 The momentum that ESG has generated is…

The Implications of Ukraine-Russia Conflict on Green Energy Market

For more than three months, everyone wondered if Russia would attack Ukraine, as Putin decided to put troops around the borders. On the 24th of February, the invasion started with Russian missiles hitting Ukraine’s military installations and Russian troops crossing the border. The escalation of the conflict has brought NATO countries to react and inflict…

ESG Investments: A panacea for sustainable growth or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

A closer look at ESG Investing Halfway between traditional philanthropy and return-driven financial investment, ESG investing – i.e. directing capital to companies which yield environmental, social and governance benefits in addition to profits – enables investors to “do well by doing good”. Lying within the broad range of responsible investments, ESG can be virtually any…

Quo vadis climate change? – A brief look at the main takeaways from the 26th Conference of the Parties in Glasgow

What is a COP? In 1990, the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment report was released. It highlighted that global warming is due to rising CO2 emissions and called for a global treaty on climate change. After two years of discussions, this treaty, called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was…

“Who are the key players?”

Sustainable Finance Landscape Map The Sustainable Finance Landscape Map is a non-exclusive list of actors across industries who are shaping sustainable finance. Research bodies, intergovernmental institutions, asset management firms and credit agencies are few of many who are changing finance and pushing the sector to incorporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria. Our map encompasses…

“ESG rating – an arduous endeavour. Why ESG metrics still fail to provide a (single) source of truth”

The expression money talks is particularly relevant for ESG. The confirmation about ESG being a solid value driver made ESG turn to center stage. Yet, although ESG is highly regarded and discussed, it remains difficult to establish what it corresponds to exactly within each company. When assessing companies and their competitors, ESG considerations are often…

Does ESG Shine In The Dark?

Mixed signals have been given throughout the COVID19 crisis; Larry Fink insists on the fact that ESG is a top priority yet 52% of investors in the USA deem that it is unnecessary to fully pursue ESG related objectives during such unprecedented and arduous times. All of this leads us to question where ESG stands…

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