Science has given the Financial Sector a Clear Horizon to Act on Climate Change

From a financial perspective, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, issued on Monday by the UN, should raise alarm bells.  The IPCC report – which reflects the consensus of ninety-one scientists from 40 countries and drawn from more than 6,000 studies – has very clearly laid out our collective time horizon:  we may [...]

2018-10-17T18:14:01+00:00October 13th, 2018|Climate Risk, Greening Finance|

Is Your Project Still “Bankable” if It Isn’t Climate Resilient?

The Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures issued its final report last week after looking at the issue of climate risk in the financial system.  Comprised of private sector finance and industry leaders, the Task Force recommends that companies and financial institutions of all types adopt common climate-related financial disclosure practices as a way [...]

2017-07-05T13:26:54+00:00July 5th, 2017|Greening Finance|

Good Project Preparation Maximizes Financial Viability/Bankability

By Stacy Swann and Brandon Yeh The differences between financing large scale energy infrastructure and small- or medium sized energy projects cannot be overstated. And yet, in many parts of the world, access to basic and modern energy services – including lighting and cooking – is provided specifically through smaller projects, and not through large [...]

2017-03-22T13:11:46+00:00March 17th, 2017|Greening Finance|

When New Highs and New Lows Are No Good

Chris Mooney published yet another article on climate change in the Washington Post last week, this time about the dramatically low level of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  The same day, Angela Fritz had an article on how atmospheric carbon dioxide had reached a “huge record high.”  As Mooney reported, Arctic sea ice covered [...]

2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00June 14th, 2016|Greening Finance|

Time to Pick Up the Pace: Climate Change, Risk, Resilience

The world is warming. About that there is no doubt. 2015 was a hot year – the hottest on record. The first two months of 2016 continued to shatter temperature records. In February, we crossed the 1.5°C threshold, meaning average global temperatures that month passed what many governments say should be the limit, that of [...]

Green Banks, Greening Banks and the Sustainable Financial System

By Andrea Colnes and Stacy Swann - Coalition for Green Capital & Climate Finance Advisors   We are in the second week of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, and while we wait for the negotiators to finish their hard work, private sector and finance continue to show they are ready and prepared to increase [...]

On the Road to “Greening” Finance

There is a transformation afoot. Perhaps it is due to the momentum building around the upcoming Paris climate negotiations, or to the extreme weather felt in many parts of the world. Or perhaps it is a function of new actors stepping into the climate change debate, such as insurers and ratings agencies, who are beginning [...]

2016-11-18T17:52:29+00:00November 9th, 2015|Greening Finance|