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- Nicholas Gandolfo, Director, Corporate Solutions
- Marika Stocker, Senior Manager, Corporate Solutions
The recurring theme in this episode’s round up of market developments is innovation! Nick also offers a list of recommended reading for the month (be prepared, it’s a long one) and concludes the tale of his encounter with an elephant in Bangladesh first mentioned in October’s episode.
Innovation is the Name of the Game in Sustainable Finance
The thread of innovation continues throughout sustainable finance – from green cryptocurrency to ESG derivatives, and relinked sustainability instruments (sustainability-linked bonds tied to sustainability-linked loans). Ultimately, it’s good to see the market continue to develop, but caution and scrutiny are needed to ensure that labeling and the increasing complexity of financial instruments don’t lead to greenwashing.
Greening of IPOs
On the heels of Allbirds’ initial public offering (IPO), for which Sustainalytics provided a corporate ESG assessment of the company, there are continuing discussions about the greening of IPOs. As the number of companies going public continues to rise, they are each looking for ways to signal to investors that they are a safe bet when it comes to managing material ESG risks and overall company management. Having their ESG or sustainability performance assessed by a third-party prior to their IPO is one way to do that. Watch this space as we see how this trend develops for new IPOs in 2022.
- IEA – Tracking Report: Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas
- McKinsey – Curbing Methane Emissions: How Five Industries Can Counter a Major Climate Threat
- IEA – Global Hydrogen Review 2021
- IEA – An Energy Sector Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in China
- Energy Transitions Commission – Keeping 1.5°C Alive: Actions for the 2020s
- HSBC – A Practitioner’s Guide to Net Zero for Banks
|02:00||Greening of IPOs|
|02:40||Google adds carbon data to flight info|
|03:32||EF conference - ESG Risk Ratings|
|04:46||Taxonomy report from Natixis|
|05:11||Nuclear power in sustainable finance|
|06:19||New in sustainability-linked finance: relinked SLBs|
|07:04||Biodiversity COP15 highlights|
|07:31||Green industry unicorns|
|08:03||Report recommendations: McKinsey & IEA methane reports|
|08:40||CBI interactive data tool|
|09:36||Green bonds overview|
|15:10||Social bonds and loans overview|
|30:53||Labeled products overview|
|32:16||Transition finance overview|
|33:30||Regulatory and country update|
Links to Select Resources
What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Market Headwinds, GHG Targets in Sustainability-Linked Instruments, the Focus on Supply Chains, and More
In this month’s overview of all things sustainable finance, we look at the shifting global market, ponder the potential impact of the EU green bond standard, and highlight gender-based KPIs in sustainability-linked finance instruments.
What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: The Shifting Regulatory Landscape, Reporting on Impact, Focus on Biodiversity, and More
In this month’s rundown of all things sustainable finance, we look at shifting regulations for investors, issuers and service providers, how issuers can measure the impact of their GSSS bonds, and the growing spotlight on biodiversity in financial markets.
The Sustainalytics Podcast | Aligning Executive Action to Strategy With Sustainability-Linked Compensation
Learn about how tying executive compensation to ESG performance can enhance a company’s accountability and transparency, the challenges organizations are facing, the types of metrics firms use for ESG-linked compensation programs, industries and regions with high pay-link adoption, steps to make your company’s program credible and transparent, and more.
What's Happening in Sustainable Finance: Whether War Could Spur Adoption of Renewables, Thoughts on Just Adaptation, and More
In this month’s round-up of the sustainable finance market, we discuss how geopolitical conflicts could spur the adoption of renewables, considerations for a just adaptation, and much more.