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  • EC sustainable finance Strategy: big on ideas, short on action

    EC sustainable finance Strategy: big on ideas, short on action

    The European Commission signalled this week that it would extend regulation into many more aspects of sustainable finance, driving an agenda that could change the role of capital markets in society. But although responsible investing experts welcomed it, the complex package of at least 30 measures is likely to provoke a wide variety of reactions, from enthusiastic support to complaints that it is too slow and unambitious, to outright opposition. Jon Hay reports.

  • ECB monetary policy to go green — slowly

    ECB monetary policy to go green — slowly

    How to respond to climate change and environmental sustainability were “of central importance” in the European Central Bank’s review of its monetary policy framework, the ECB said on Thursday as it published the results of the long-awaited review. It has designed a detailed roadmap for incorporating climate considerations across its monetary policy activities, including corporate bond purchases — but environmentalists are likely to be disappointed with the slow pace of reform.

  • EU sustainable finance rules: clarity and muddle

    EU sustainable finance rules: clarity and muddle

    The European Commission launched on Tuesday a second big wave of regulation that will soon be controlling more aspects of sustainable finance more tightly. There is a tendency to think anything with the word “sustainable” attached to it is good. But capital markets specialists must ask themselves: will the regulations be helpful?

  • EU eyes SLB label in big expansion of sustainable finance rules

    EU eyes SLB label in big expansion of sustainable finance rules

    The European Commission is on the verge of launching its new sustainable finance strategy — the first major fresh initiative since the Sustainable Finance Action Plan of 2018. GlobalCapital has seen a leaked draft, which reveals that the EU will explore whether to create official labels for transition bonds and sustainability-linked bonds, whether to regulate green mortgages, and how to reinforce investors’ responsibility for the effects of their investments.

  • Here comes the story of the Hurricane Energy restructuring plan

    Here comes the story of the Hurricane Energy restructuring plan

    Hurricane Energy’s restructuring plan has been thrown out by the High Court, in a victory for shareholders led by activist fund Crystal Amber, which are now poised to replace the board of the troubled oil drilling firm. The judgement underlines the care with which companies must exercise when seeking to use the new ‘cross-class cramdown’ features of the UK’s restructuring law.

  • Greenwashing is in the mouth of the investor

    Greenwashing is in the mouth of the investor

    Accusations of greenwashing have been infrequent in the 14 year old green bond market, which mainly sticks to uncontroversial assets, such as renewable energy and railways. The sustainability-linked bond market is only a toddler, but already a much more difficult child. No wonder: it is handling tougher material.

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