3 December 2020

A Blue Path to Recovery: The Power of Finance to Rebuild Ocean Health

Oceans cover 71% of the world’s surface, giving Earth the befitting title of the ‘Blue Planet’. The ocean is a planetary superpower that sustains the lives of billions of people and countless marine wildlife. For instance, approximately 3 billion individuals globally are dependent on protein from the ocean for food security. This pivotal role in the global economy establishes the ocean as a vitally important asset to underwriting, lending and investment activities, in businesses which either depend on or impact the ocean and its services.

20 November 2020

Investment & Pensions Europe: Storebrand Signs UN Healthy Oceans Framework

The Norwegian financial group said it had signed the United Nations-backed Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, a guiding framework launched in 2018 for financing a sustainable ocean economy. Storebrand – one of Norway’s main occupational and personal pension providers – said the framework aimed to accelerate the transition towards sustainable use of the ocean and its resources by developing practical actions for insurers, lenders and investors to undertake.

18 November 2020

U.N.-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance adds members managing combined $200 billion assets

The United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance has added three new members with combined assets under management (AUM) of $200 billion, committing to transition their investment portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Announced at the 19th November Race to Zero Dialogues Finance Day, the new members are: Denmark’s P+, Pension Fund for Academics;…

17 November 2020

TCFD for Banks

UNEP FI TCFD Banking Pilot Projects  NEW for 2021: Phase III Phase III of the TCFD banking pilot is expected to commence in January 2021. This pilot will more fully explore climate stress testing, the integration of physical and transition risk assessments, and sector-specific risks and opportunities. If you are interested in participating in Phase…

12 November 2020

Nature-related Financial Risks gain Urgency in Emerging Markets

Financial institutions in Colombia, Peru and South Africa are beginning to tackle nature-related risks, exemplifying a trend across emerging markets Risks linked to nature loss are rising up the finance sector agenda across emerging markets. According to a recent Swiss Re report, 40 percent of South Africa is now classified as having fragile ecosystems. Zero…

10 November 2020

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company Signs the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company announced today that it has signed the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles  joining a growing UNEP FI-hosted community of pioneering banks, insurers and investors working to transition the ocean economy towards sustainability. As a marine insurer, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company provides hull and machinery services to the international shipping…

6 November 2020

U.N.-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance publishes Thermal Coal Position

Members of the 30-strong UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance have published their position on thermal coal, calling for the cancellation of all new thermal coal projects, a phase-out of all unabated existing coal-fired electricity generation and a cessation of the financing, development and planning of further thermal coal power plants. In its Thermal Coal Position,…

5 November 2020

How the Dutch Central Bank is Leading on Nature-related Risks

The Dutch Central Bank and financial supervisor, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), is the first central bank to highlight biodiversity as a material financial risk In June, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) released a landmark study, ‘Indebted to nature’, which found that Dutch financial institutions alone have EUR 510 billion of exposure to biodiversity risks, like disruption…

27 October 2020

Marine ecologist Enric Sala addresses the financial community

The blue economy is an attractive opportunity for banks and insurance companies, yet some players are rushing to invest without first adopting sustainability principles that can avoid repeating the wrongs of the past, says world-renowned ecologist Enric Sala.

20 October 2020

Calling civil society groups to join Principles for Responsible Banking advisory body

Principles for Responsible Banking is first finance sector initiative to put into practice signatories’ commitments to robust accountability and broad engagement with establishment of Civil Society Advisory Body Signatories to the Principles for Responsible Banking commit to proactively consult with their stakeholders and to be transparent about and accountable for their positive and negative impacts…

15 October 2020

Global Roundtable Day 2: From sustainable finance market practice to regulatory horizons

UNEP FI kicked off Day 2 of its Global Roundtable with another day full of high-level keynotes, plenaries, regional focused panels and technical sessions with over 3,000 delegates. Launches included resources to support TCFD implementation. UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen said finance industry and its future profitability and our very own survival need natural systems.…

14 October 2020

UNEP FI in the Guardian: Top asset owners commit to big carbon emissions cuts

Thirty of the world’s largest asset owners, with portfolios worth a combined $5tn (£3.8tn), have committed to cutting the carbon emissions linked to companies they invest in by up to 29% within the next four years.

Members of the UN-backed Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance – which includes Aviva, the Church of England and the $400bn US fund CalPERS – will each set decarbonisation targets for 2025 as part of wider efforts to align their portfolios with the Paris climate goals and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

14 October 2020

UNEP FI in the Guardian: Mark Carney says banks should link executive pay to Paris climate goals

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said banks should link executive pay to climate risk management, as part of efforts to align the finance industry with Paris climate goals.

Speaking at the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative roundtable on Tuesday, the former central bank boss said lenders should – at the very least – be transparent over whether or not pay is being tied to climate targets.

13 October 2020

Stellar Speakers and New Launches at Day 1 of UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable

UNEP FI saw more than 2500 participants join Day 1 of its 16th Global Roundtable, held virtually for the first time ever, under the theme “Financing a Resilient Future”. The stellar line-up of speakers was led by Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, who gave the opening keynote address by reminding participants that sustainable…

13 October 2020

Driving the shift to circular economies: new report on role of finance industry

Financial institutions can and must make the shift to circularity, ensuring the consumption and production patterns of the businesses they invest in make more efficient use of resources and minimize waste, pollution and carbon emissions. This is the conclusion of our new report Financing Circularity: Demystifying Finance for the Circular Economy. Launched today at UNEP FI’s…

13 October 2020

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance sets unprecedented 5-year portfolio decarbonization targets

Thirty of the world’s largest investors with $5 trillion assets under management have collectively agreed on concrete portfolio decarbonization targets that follow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 °C scenario for the next five years. UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance members will implement deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in the 16% to 29%…

7 October 2020

UK’s largest company pension BT Pension Scheme is 30th Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance member

BT Pension Scheme (BT PS), the UK’s largest company pension scheme, today becomes the thirtieth member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing total assets under management to $5 trillion. The announcement came as BT PS said it has committed to an ambitious new goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1-3 emissions*)…