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Are banks really going green, or just greenwashing?

Are banks really going green, or just greenwashing?

Some of the world's largest banks have made hundreds of billions of dollars in commitments to sustainable financing, with many pledging to align their portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Christopher Marchant asks whether these commitments are impactful

KfW on track for €8bn in 2020 green bond issuance

KfW on track for €8bn in 2020 green bond issuance

After a significant jump in green bond issuance in 2019, the KfW capital markets head tells Ahren Lester they still expect 2020 issuance to hit €8 billion and that 'greeniums' have persisted - but don't expect any social or sustainability-linked bonds from the development bank.

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IMPACT Awards 2020

CBA, Wesfarmers target employment and emissions

CBA, Wesfarmers target employment and emissions

CBA's sustainability linked-loan to Australia's Wesfarmers broke new ground - and scooped Environmental Finance's Social inclusion/community development IMPACT deal of the year. Mark Nicholls reports

Delivering impact at scale

Delivering impact at scale

Elvira Lefting, managing director of impact asset manager Finance in Motion, explains why there is no substitute for local knowledge and technical expertise when it comes to delivering environmental and social impact at scale

Setting SAIL for sustainable supply chains

Setting SAIL for sustainable supply chains

Winner of the IMPACT Private debt provider and asset manager (small) awards, investment firm SAIL Ventures is focused on transforming emerging market commodity supply chains. Chief investment officer Johnny Brom and Head of Impact and ESG Michael Schlup explain

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Senior Analyst, Environmental Finance

Senior Analyst, Environmental Finance

The Senior Analyst, Environmental Finance will continue to develop Earth Security's flagship research program, which explores the investment value of natural assets and identifies opportunities to accelerate and scale investment towards nature-based climate solutions.

Senior Policy Manager

Senior Policy Manager

The Senior Policy Manager will seek to influence policy-makers and regulators on behalf of our members and to promote the necessary policy and regulatory changes to enhance sustainable and responsible investment. We are recognised leaders in the sector and are determined to do more to deliver our vision for sustainable finance in the UK.

EF bond database

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EF bond database

The EF Bond Database is the most comprehensive source of information on the labelled green, social and sustainability bond markets. The database is updated daily, is fully searchable and allows the export of Excel ready tables.

NEW – Green loans added

An extra section has now been added to the Bond Database to accommodate Green Loans and Sustainability-Linked Loans. For more information go to subs@bonddata.org

Comparison of Q3 issuance of green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds

*Issuance of green, social and sustainability bonds in the third quarter of 2020 jumped almost doubled that of Q3 2019, due in part to the increased number of bonds issued with a value of $2 billion or more (the number has risen five-fold from three in Q3 2019 to fifteen in Q3 2020). The increase coincides with social and sustainability bonds taking up a larger share of issuance and the market's adoption of ICMA's 2020 Sustainability-linked Bond Principles.

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China's ETS: launch hope high as officials step up support

Following their recently upgraded climate pledge, senior Chinese officials have given renewed backing to a national emissions trading system (ETS), reigniting hopes it will soon be built and be more ambitious, writes Ahren Lester

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Investor in impact managers makes four hires

Zamo Capital has recruited four private equity investment specialists, including former executives at Morgan Stanley, Aberdeen Standard and BlueOrchard, to its leadership team.