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The Road to Decarbonisation

The transition to zero emissions will involve three simultaneous economic processes: change in the relative prices of goods and services, with prices starting to reflect the intensity of emissions of carbon; labour relocation; and asset value scrapping. The socioeconomic return

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Spain NAB: ‘Impact-Washing…? It’s a Thing, and to be Avoided at All Costs

The Spanish impact investment market is catching the eye of mainstream financiers — with increasing frequency. With that attention comes the risk of “impact-washing”, which — according to the GIIN’s latest annual survey — ranks as the main challenge for

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KPMG Lower Gulf: Banking on ESG Risks in Future

ESG risks have the potential of negatively impacting banks’ assets, earning capacity, and sometimes their reputation, argues Abbas Basrai. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and the emerging risks associated with them are becoming increasingly relevant to organizations, especially banks.

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Deloitte: Constructing a Sustainable Future in the Middle East

Towards the end of 2019, at the United Nations Climate Change (COP25) conference, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that a “point of no-return” on climate change is “in sight and hurtling toward us.” Against this warning, the World Economic

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World Bank on Sustainable Recovery: The Need for Long-Term Financing

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every country’s health system and economy to a degree not seen for a century or more. In developing countries, mounting an adequate response to address these simultaneous shocks has created fiscal challenges, especially for those

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Green Bonds: How Active Management Aims to Make the Most of a Dynamic Sector

The market for financing linked to environmentally friendly projects and companies has already reached $1trn by some measures and we expect will move swiftly past that landmark during 2021. This, alongside growing policy support in Europe, the US and China,

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OECD: Business as Usual? Forget About That, and Prepare for Novel and Impactful Variations on a Theme

As we turn our attention towards the imperative of “building forward greener” post-pandemic, there can be no more business as usual. This was Sir Ronald Cohen’s message at the OECD Blended Finance & Impact Week in February. During his keynote

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Interview with Grete Faremo, Executive Director of UNOPS: Inclusive Infrastructure Development

In pre-pandemic Oct 2019 (about 20 months ago) you wrote an article for CFI.co magazine that highlighted the importance of infrastructure for communities, sustainable development and across the SDGs. If so, how have the world and your conclusions changed? While

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BBVA Asset Management: Going Global in the Battle to Bring Sustainability to the Wider World of Investment

Spanish bank BBVA is working on a global strategy which will affect all of its investment solutions. BBVA Asset Management embeds sustainability in the process. It has launched a sustainability plan that applies to all of its mutual and pension

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Ørsted: Danish Power Company Driving the World’s Carbon-Neutral Bus

Danish multinational Ørsted has in a 10-year span gone from one of Europe’s most fossil-fuel-intensive utilities to the world’s most sustainable energy company. The Ørsted story began in 1973, when Denmark moved to strengthen national energy independence by extracting oil

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