• ECB uncovers 'staggering' misalignment of bank lending with climate targets

    24 January 2024

    'Staggering' misalignment of Eurozone bank lending portfolios with climate targets has been uncovered by the European Central Bank (ECB), as it warned of a pressing need to act amid rising litigation, financial and reputational risks.

  • 2024 outlook: Sand in the gears of sustainable finance policy

    03 January 2024

    Looming elections and burgeoning disclosure regimes point to a slowdown in sustainable finance policymaking, but the spectre of fines for greenwashing is on the rise, Michael Hurley writes

  • Banks' disproportionate lending to high-emitting sectors poses stability risks, ECB warns

    19 December 2023

    Eurozone banks lend "disproportionately" to high-emitting sectors and thereby risk financial instability, the European Central Bank (ECB) has warned, as it called for a tougher strategy to tackle such risks that could include increased capital requirements.

  • ECB should consider nature risks in bond purchases and lending, Elderson says

    24 November 2023

    The European Central Bank (ECB) should "broaden" its efforts to reduce climate risks in its lending and bond purchases to include nature risks - including in its €3 trillion ($3.3 trillion) public sector bond portfolio - according to a member of its executive board.

  • ECB set to fine banks 'turning a blind eye' to climate risk, Elderson says

    14 November 2023

    Banks still failing to meet climate risk management expectations set by the European Central Bank (ECB) three years ago are on the verge of incurring daily fines until they redress shortcomings in their climate risk management.

  • What next for climate scenarios? Part two

    16 October 2023

    How will the next generation of climate scenarios differ from the first, Michael Hurley asks

  • What next for climate scenarios?

    12 October 2023

    As criticisms grow of the first climate scenario models, what does the next generation need to look like, Michael Hurley asks

  • 'We are aware of the criticism': The NGFS on its next phase of scenarios

    09 October 2023

    The Network for Greening the Financial System is developing short-term climate scenarios and increased detail on sectoral impacts in response to feedback, Jean Boissinot and Martina Spaggiari tell Michael Hurley

  • NGFS unveils 'short-term' climate scenarios for prudential stress testing

    04 October 2023

    A group of central bankers has published a framework for modelling physical and transition climate-related risks over three-to-five years, to be used for prudential stress testing and to "enable financial actors to properly assess the resilience of the financial sector".

  • ECB's Lagarde talks up EU common issuance of green bonds

    02 October 2023