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July 25

News EDF signs 2 bilateral sustainable revolving credit facilities with CA CIB and SG CIB, bringing the total of its sustainability-linked loans to over €5 billion

EDF signed two €300 million sustainability-indexed revolving credit facilities (RCF) which incorporate a pricing adjustment based on EDF’s sustainability performance linked to CO2 emissions and energy efficiency.

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July 12

News Amundi and European Investment Bank launch the Green Credit Continuum programme which aims to provide EUR 1bn for the development of green debt in Europe

With a view to deploying the new financing needed to meet the Paris Agreement targets in the EU, European asset management leader Amundi and EU green bond pioneer the European Investment Bank (EIB) are signing a partnership to launch the Green Credit Continuum investment (...)

July 12

News Total and IFPEN Team Up to Accelerate Carbon Reduction R&D

— IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total announce that they signed a strategic R&D partnership yesterday, that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School, on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to curb CO2 emissions. The roughly (...)

June 27

Strategy ESG Data-Overload: Artificial Intelligence to the rescue

Today any ESG manager has to access, understand and analyse vast amounts of data, from worker safety standards to greenhouse gas emissions, to meet their commitment (and investors’ expectations) to embed ESG analysis into their portfolio (...)

June 24

News Multilateral Development Banks climate finance hit record high of $43.1 billion in 2018

Climate financing by the world’s largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in developing countries and emerging economies rose to an all-time high of $43.1 billion in 2018, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate (...)

June 20

News Credit Suisse issues inaugural Green Certificates of Deposit

Credit Suisse today announces the successful inaugural issuance under its green finance framework, raising USD 200 million in proceeds in the form of green Yankee Certificates of Deposit (“YCD”).

June 20

News European ETF flows still slowing

Net new assets in the European ETF market slowed again in May to €1.8bn from the €3.7bn we saw in April. This was largely due to a significant decrease in fixed income ETF inflows (€0.5bn from €4.1bn). Equity ETFs experienced some very modest outflows (...)

June 19

News The second issuing of RATP Green bonds an outstanding success

On 13 June 2019, RATP once again successfully issued “Green Bonds”, in the amount of €500 million, with a ten-year maturity date. The exceptionally successful transaction, which has a substantial subscription rate (>5 times), is fully in line with RATP Group’s CSR effort and (...)

June 11

News New Climate Endowment to be launched to commit long-term capital for the Green Industrial Revolution

a group of international investors and entrepreneurs have announced the launch of a Climate Endowment as an urgent response to the Climate Crisis and to the European voters’ outcry for a Green Revolution.

May 28

Interview Simon Bond : “Our European Social Bond Fund is carefully managed with a mix of maturities to offer daily liquidity”

According to Simon Bond, Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond Fund manager, the fund aims to balance three key elements: clear social impact, daily liquidity and financial return with a similar risk/return profile as a regular investment grade (...)

May 28

News Solactive makes strategic investment in European governance, sustainability, and proxy voting firm Minerva Analytics

Solactive announces the completion of a strategic investment in Minerva to accelerate the growth of the electronic voting, stewardship, and ESG research services firm.

May 28

News Nomura Leads First Sustainability Bond Offering to Obtain Climate Bonds Programmatic Certification in Asia

Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has priced a Sustainability Bond offering for Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (...)

May 23

News Societe Generale further reduces its involvement in coal

May 22

News The Netherlands issues its first green bond

The Netherlands has issued a green bond at 20 years. This is the first green bond rated AAA in the world. Demand for this issue has reached 21 billion euros.

April 30

News Green Bond issuers find Global Market in Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has signed a string of agreements with major stock exchanges and institutions in China, strengthening its appeal as the world’s leading green bond trading hub.

April 9

Strategy An alternative to traditional Euro Credit Management: a Smart Beta Credit approach incorporating ESG criteria

To achieve long-term returns comparable to those of investment-grade credit but with a consistently lower level of risk, CPR AM has chosen to combine the DTS risk measure with a rigorous specific risk control and structural sources of return to enhance (...)

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People Moves Credit Suisse invests in sustainable finance franchise with appointment of Global Head of ESG Strategy

Daniel Wild will join the Group’s Impact Advisory & Finance department from RobecoSAM

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News Amundi Energy Transition completes its first energy transition-related financing transaction

Amundi Energy Transition (AET), the asset management company jointly owned by Amundi and EDF, has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in a portfolio of gas-powered cogeneration plants from Dalkia, a leading French energy services company and EDF subsidiary. This (...)

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Interview Simon Bond : “Our European Social Bond Fund is carefully managed with a mix of maturities to offer daily liquidity”

According to Simon Bond, Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond Fund manager, the fund aims to balance three key elements: clear social impact, daily liquidity and financial return with a similar risk/return profile as a regular investment grade (...)

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Interview Climate change: from fantasy to reality

Global warming has been an issue for many years now. It is often regarded as a long-term challenge. That is certainly true, except that the “long term” is now close at hand, and climate change’s economic impact can already be measured in several major (...)

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Innovation Amundi launches the first index funds and ETF in Europe tracking the MSCI Low Carbon Leaders indexes

Amundi is further developing its “Low Carbon” offering with the launch of three innovative funds in Europe: two open-ended index funds: the Amundi Index Equity Global Low Carbon and the Amundi Index Equity Europe Low Carbon. These funds replicate the MSCI World Low Carbon (...)

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News Total and IFPEN Team Up to Accelerate Carbon Reduction R&D

— IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total announce that they signed a strategic R&D partnership yesterday, that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School, on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to curb CO2 emissions. The roughly (...)

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News BlackRock completes final close of largest global wind and solar fund

BlackRock Real Assets has completed the final close for its Global Renewable Power II fund (“GRP II”) with $1.65 billion in commitments secured from 67 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia...

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News HSBC Europe Equity Green Transition has just been awarded the Energy and Ecological Transition for Climate Label (TEEC)

HSBC Europe Equity Green Transition has just obtained the TEEC Label issued by Novethic, an independent and expert third party, an auditor approved by the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

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News New Climate Endowment to be launched to commit long-term capital for the Green Industrial Revolution

a group of international investors and entrepreneurs have announced the launch of a Climate Endowment as an urgent response to the Climate Crisis and to the European voters’ outcry for a Green Revolution.

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Interview Guillaume Abel : “SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management”

According to Guillaume Abel, head of business development of La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM), SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management. LBPAM plans to launch a Green Bond fund to come in 2019 and the creation of tailor-made SRI model portfolios to monitor the (...)

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Innovation VIS Essential Investments introduces VIS EFW Efficiency Index

VIS Essential Investments, an independent specialized financial boutique based in Switzerland, announces today the launch of VIS EFW Efficiency Index, tracking the performance of 150 OECD-listed companies based on their capacity to capture growth linked to Energy, Food and (...)

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People Moves BNP Paribas Asset Management appoints Jane Ambachtsheer as Global Head of Sustainability

BNP Paribas Asset Management announces the appointment of Jane Ambachtsheer as Global Head of Sustainability. Jane will report to Frédéric Janbon, CEO and Head of Investments of BNP Paribas Asset Management. She will join on 27 August and will be based in (...)

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News Norges Bank has decided to exclude 10 companies based on the product-based coal criterion

The exclusions follow Norges Bank Investment Management’s third round of analysis of companies that may be affected by this criterion. The exclusions comprise all companies’ unlisted subsidiaries that issue bonds. The exception is green bonds, or subsidiaries that are deemed (...)

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News CalPERS Announces Results of its 2015 PRI Assessment Report

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has released the results of its Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Assessment Report. CalPERS received an A+ for the 2015 Overarching Approach Module, which is the highest grade a signatory can receive (...)

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News Proxy Access, Climate Risk Reporting, and Diversity Top CalPERS’ List of Corporate Engagement in 2016

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today laid out its corporate engagement plans for 2016, with proxy access, climate risk reporting, and diversity at the top of the list. CalPERS invests in more than 10,000 public companies worldwide, and uses its (...)

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Interview Yves Chevalier: "The FRR aims to decarbonise the majority of its equity indices portfolios"

According to Yves Chevalier, Executive Board member of the "Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites - FRR", the fund aims to decarbonise almost all of its equity index portfolios. Currently, its outstanding assets involved in decarbonization are estimated at about 1.1 billion (...)

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