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Central Banks Can and Should Do Their Part in Funding Sustainability

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Authors: Andrew Sheng   

Published By: UNEP Inquiry    Centre for International Governance Innovation   

Date: Jun 2014

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Central Banks Can and Should Do Their Part in Funding Sustainability

In this paper Andrew Sheng argues that central banks, when purchasing financial assets, should consider selecting assets that will promote sustainability, including climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Social impact investing he argues is consistent with a central bank’s mandate to maintain price stability. They could incentivize bankers and asset managers to invest in, or lend to, climate mitigation activities and low-emission growth.

[This paper was presented at the UNEP Inquiry/Centre for International Governance Innovation Academic Symposium on the Design of a Sustianable Financial System, held in Waterloo (Canada) in December 2014]

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