Blog: Investing in Energy Efficiency gets a boost at G20 Hamburg summit

Energy efficiency has been sitting at the core of sustainability discussions within the G20 for several years, and has emerged as a key consensus area across the G20 countries. UNEP FI’s Martin Schoenberg provides his take on what the recent G20 summit means for energy efficiency investment going forward, and the role of the G20 Energy […]

UNEP FI welcomes ASOBANCA the Newest Supporting Institution in Ecuador

June 28th, 2017
UNEP FI wishes to extend a warm welcome to ASOBANCA, the Association of Private Ecuadorian Banks (Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador) as the newest supporting institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region. As a member of FELABAN (Latin American Federation of Banks), ASOBANCA has been working to strengthen the Ecuadorian Banking System, represent its interests, provide specialized services and strategic reports, and contribute to the country’s development.

EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit provides common framework to boost energy efficiency investment

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) Underwriting Toolkit launched on June 22nd 2017, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. EEFIG is a partnership between UNEP FI and the European Commission. The report provides a common framework for financial institutions, project developers and hosts of energy efficiency projects such as companies and consumers to […]

Aviva endorses Positive Impact Manifesto and Principles for Positive Impact Finance

UNEP FI is pleased to welcome the first insurance company and 22nd financial institution to join the Positive Impact Initiative. Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer with a long-standing tradition of engagement, including with global policy-makers, in relation to the challenge of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The SDGs have to become a defining element […]

G7 Backs the Sustainable Finance Movement

On Monday 12 June 2017, at the conclusion of a two-day G7 Ministerial Meeting on Environment in Bologna, Italy, the G7 released a communiqué acknowledging “that scaling up sustainable finance is fundamental to achieve sustainability and climate goals”. The G7 also recognized the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) encouraging public-private partnership. The sustainable finance […]

Launch of Japan’s ESG Working Group Report and Green Bond Guidelines

On the back of increasing momentum towards green finance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment in Japan, the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan established dedicated working groups and has been facilitating discussion amongst experts over the last two years. Two reports were released earlier this year, and now the reports are available […]

UNEP FI responds to the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

“There is incredible momentum on climate action from individual states, cities, the private sector and citizens. A single political decision will not derail this unparalleled effort” said UN Environment Head, Erik Solheim in response to the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. You can read his full statement later in this article […]

Eric Usher on 25 Years Catalysing Change

“UNEP FI was able to show that financial institutions welcomed, indeed demanded action.” Head of UNEP FI Eric Usher As we celebrate UNEP FI’s 25th Anniversary, it is a time to both look back at what we have done, and then look forward to the challenges that remain. As many will know, the first climate discussions […]

Changing Finance and Financing Change

25 Years Changing Finance and Financing Change In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro a group of visionary leaders saw that transforming private finance would be key to achieving sustainable development. This marked the beginning of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), which recruited its first members in May […]

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit presented at Clean Energy Ministerial in China

The 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in China saw the Asian launch of the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit to a packed audience of policy-makers, cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and financiers. The Clean Energy Ministerials are senior-level meetings dedicated to accelerating the global clean energy transition. The Asian launch was was organised by the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task […]

Global investors support government action on tobacco control

53 investors, health systems, pension funds and insurers, representing US$3.8 trillion in assets under management, have signed a statement to World Health Organization (WHO) representatives and national health ministers openly supporting stronger regulation around tobacco control. The statement was released today, on World No Tobacco Day – marked every year on 31 May. Its purpose […]

Call to collaborate via piloting on the Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol

May 2017 We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of the Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol, by sharing your financial institution’s experience, knowledge and expertise in a pilot phase. The supplement aims to provide comprehensive, integrated guidance and insight for financial institutions to integrate natural capital […]

Bonn Ambition: A big step closer to making sustainable cities a reality

The first -ever summit “Insuring Resilient and Sustainable Cities Summit” – convened by the UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and held on 5 May in Bonn, Germany concluded with the “Bonn Ambition”. “The Bonn Ambition”, which is an agreement between the members and stakeholders […]

BLOG: The Ripple Effect of the ESRA training courses / El efecto multiplicador de las capacitaciones de ARAS/L’effet amplificateur des cours d’ARES

(English) (Spanish & French texts below) Blog by Carolina Yazmin Lopez, UNEP FI. 4,000 financial professionals have taken the “Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA)” Training Programme since 2005. The course organisers, UNEP FI, ​​INCAE Business School / Ecobanking Project and GIZ can easily count the numbers, and they can measure the relative impact the […]