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Climate-Aligned Finance

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We Read a 130-Page Report on Climate Regulation So You Don’t Have To

In October 2021, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)—an oversight body for federal financial regulators—chimed in on the climate conversation by way of a dense, 133-page report. The FSOC Report on Climate-Related Financial Risks examines how US regulators are already addressing climate-related financial risks, discusses ongoing challenges…

Private Financial Institutions Are Stepping in to Decarbonize Steel

Finance at COP, the UN climate change conference, used to be about public dollars. It was largely about rich countries pledging the elusive $100 billion in annual climate finance to developing countries—and about government ministers negotiating with government ministers. But at COP26, private finance made its presence felt…

Clearing the AIR: Introducing a Climate Alignment, Impact, and Risk Toolbox for Financial Institutions

A growing number of financial institutions have made net-zero commitments in the lead-up to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. On their own and through the various initiatives under the umbrella of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, these financial institutions are stepping up their climate ambition. Yet once they make pledges, financial institutions often struggle to navigate the plethora of tools, frameworks, and platforms designed to help measure and manage an institution’s environmental footprint and…

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Financing 1.5°C: In a Booming ESG market, the SEC Has Some Questions

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently made headlines by launching a formal investigation into ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investment products offered by DWS Group, Deutsche Bank AG’s asset management division. The investigation sent DWS shares tumbling more than 12 percent, demonstrating the real-world consequences of a…