• H1 disaster losses well below average, says Swiss Re

    20 August 2018

    Global economic losses from disasters plunged to $36 billion in the first half of 2018 from $64 billion in the same period last year, well below the ten-year average of $125 billion, according to Swiss Re.

  • World's top insurers stalling on climate change drive

    25 May 2018

    While insurers are increasingly aware of environmental risks which might impact both sides of their balance sheet, new research has found that their investment strategies are not in line with the Paris Agreement. The research was published the same week Royal Dutch Shell held its AGM and shareholders, including some large insurers, were asked to vote on a climate resolution. Did they stand up to the test? Paul Walsh and Vincent Huck report

  • Green bond round-up, 25 April

    25 April 2018

    More than $3.3 billion of green bonds have settled in the first three days of this week*, with announcements suggesting that a strong pipeline of issuance of green and social bonds can be expected in coming weeks.

  • Dutch financial firms take action on carbon footprint

    13 December 2017

    Twelve Dutch financial institutions have developed a methodology for measuring the carbon footprint of their investments and loans.

  • Investors support plea for integrated corporate reporting

    27 September 2017

    A group of leading investors, with nearly $2 trillion in assets under management, is calling for companies to integrate their reporting of financial and non-financial data.

  • Insurers are bystanders on climate change risk management

    19 June 2017

    Insurers are largely bystanders when it comes to managing climate change risk in their investment portfolios, according to the latest survey by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP).

  • Green bond round-up, 7 June

    07 June 2017

    Dutch public sector lender Nederlandse WaterschapsBank (NWB) has issued a €2 billion ($2.3 billion) affordable housing bond, its first in the social bond market.

  • France's sovereign green bond could reach €13bn this year

    25 January 2017

    The French Treasury has issued a mammoth €7 billion ($7.5 billion) green sovereign bond, which is almost twice the size of the previous largest green bond and could be increased to €13 billion later this year.

  • Insuring in a changing climate

    10 October 2016

    A year after the PRA's landmark report into the insurance sector and climate change, Environmental Finance looks at how the industry is responding.

  • Natural disasters cause $68bn of losses in H1

    18 August 2016

    A spate of thunderstorms in the US and Europe, and wildfires in Canada helped push the economic losses caused by natural disasters to $68 billion in the first half of 2016.