Financing the Future

Author: Nick Robins

Inquiry Publications

  • Imagining a Sustainable Financial System

    Date: 07-Dec-2014

    Imagining a sustainable financial system allows us to move beyond conventional wisdoms. This paper sets out that a sustainable financial system would be one that serves the long term needs of a healthy real economy, an economy that provides decent, productive and rewarding livelihoods for all, and ensures that the natural environment on which we all

  • How Paris Became the Capital of Climate Finance

    Date: 18-Apr-2016

    This working paper traces the evolution of the ‘networked solution’ to finance that came together at the COP21 in Paris, linking the formal negotiations with a broader set of actions by financial regulators, by financial institutions and also by civil society. It explores the creative dynamic between France’s efforts to stimulate action within its own

  • Equity markets, benchmark indices, and the transition to a low-carbon economy

    Date: 15-Jun-2015

    Equity markets have a significant share in financial markets, with institutional investors and market-capitalization weighted indices playing a substantial role. Today’s landscape of market-capitalization weighted indices favours high-carbon sectors and creates biases against green, low-carbon technologies. As a result, institutional investors have lower exposure to the green economy, which, in the context of the transition

  • Greening the Banking System

    Date: 05-Sep-2016

    This paper takes stock of G20 experience with green banking, focusing on market practice. It assesses the evolving green banking agenda, focusing on mainstreaming and mobilization, drivers of progress, and key barriers. It concludes with a set of options for consideration by the G20. This input paper has been prepared by the authors as a

  • Financial Reform, Institutional Investors and Sustainable Development

    Date: 14-Sep-2015

    To date interventions to promote the environmental and social dimension of investment have focused principally on disclosure of policies and formal statements of legal duties. They have largely taken fundamental features of the design and operation of the financial system as given. This paper makes the case for a more systemic and dynamic approach. It argues

  • Banking & Sustainability: Time for Convergence

    Date: 01-Sep-2015

    In 2014, the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) commissioned a study entitled Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform – Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?, in recognition of the growing number of banking regulators around the world that have started to act on environmental

  • Financing the Transition

    Date: 07-Apr-2017

    This paper presents a fictional Fast Track scenario, suggesting the key features of how a rapid transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy could play out in the financial system in terms of impacts on assets as well as on financial policy. This scenario helps to challenge some of today’s assumptions, notably that climate disruption is

  • Green Tagging: Mobilising Bank Finance for Energy Efficiency in Real Estate

    Date: 12-Dec-2017

    This report finds that green tagging around real estate and energy efficiency is growing at a critical time. Based on a survey of the 10 participating banks, the report identifies five key trends around green tagging: New green business opportunities are a stronger incentive for green tagging than improved risk management for banks. This practice

  • Insurance 2030

    Date: 01-Jun-2015

    Sustainable development risks and opportunities including natural disasters, access to insurance, climate change and the low-carbon transition, aging populations and long-term investment are high on the agenda for insurance. This working paper has been developed through a consultation involving more than 30 respondents from insurance companies, regulators and stakeholders in over 20 countries, bolstered by engagements held in

  • The Case for Investor Engagement in Public Policy

    Date: 06-Mar-2015

    This report aims: To show why public policy engagement is essential for long-term investors. To give examples of how investors have engaged in public policy and the lessons learned. To offer practical recommendations for long-term investors, policymakers and the PRI to better integrate environmental, social and governance factors in the public policymaking process.

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