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Spotting the ESG opportunity in SFDR

Spotting the ESG opportunity in SFDR

The EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation provides a concrete regulatory framework to cement ESG standards and reporting as one of the most important operational processes for all firms, says Volker Lainer

Bank of China transition bond a 'missed opportunity'

Bank of China transition bond a 'missed opportunity'

The Bank of China transition bond was ground-breaking in its claims to align with the newly launched transition finance recommendations, reports Ahren Lester, but experts judged the transaction as failing to live up to its promise and ambition

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Director, Climate Investment Origination

Director, Climate Investment Origination

The Director, Climate Investment Origination will lead The Nature Conservancy's efforts to scope and originate investments in Natural Climate Solutions (NCS), which generate carbon sequestration through ecosystem management, protection and restoration.

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Creating Green Bond Markets

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Annual Market Rankings 2020

Carbon markets resist 2020's headwinds

Carbon markets resist 2020's headwinds

Cap and trade schemes were not immune to the pandemic, but growing support for climate policies helped them recover, the winners of the 2020 Market Rankings told Annabelle Palmer

Leading through volatility

Leading through volatility

Randy Lack, founder and co-president of Element Markets talks to Environmental Finance about how his firm has navigated the disruption carbon and renewable fuels markets experienced in 2020

Connecting green energy markets

Connecting green energy markets

Jens Schumacher, managing partner of STX Group talks to Environmental Finance about how STX is working with its clients as the renewable energy revolution picks up pace on a global scale.

Renewable energy's big moment

Renewable energy's big moment

Environmental Finance spoke with Patrick Horka, head of renewable energy solutions at South Pole about how the 'big moment' in renewable energy has arrived much faster than expected.

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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

Annual issuance value of Green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds by issuer type

2020 saw steady growth for most sectors issuing GSSS bonds, however the biggest gains came from supranationals which saw issuance grow almost sevenfold. This can be attributed to the large number of social and sustainability bonds issued by supranationals to fund their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The European Union alone raised nearly $47 billion in response to the coronavirus pandemic through several record breaking social bonds, however even when accounting for this Supranational issuance more than tripled from 2019 to 2020.

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Mandatory climate disclosure in France drove down fossil fuel holdings

The introduction of mandatory climate-related disclosures in France resulted in a "sharp relative decrease" in holdings of fossil fuels securities by institutional investors, according to a report by the Banque de France, indicating such requirements have a critical role to play in redirecting capital sustainably.

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