In a sign of the maturation of the sustainable investment industry greenwashing is moving up the agenda, with recent studies across developed markets highlighting this as a top risk identified by investment professionals for 2022. Yet, even if stricter regulations are now in place in Europe and if new accounting standards are planned, it is essential that the players in the industry discipline themselves to fight against this scourge. The very legitimacy of sustainable investment is at stake.
After a fabulously supportive year in 2020 for Clean Energy, 2021 may be best described as a whip lash. Looking into 2022, there are clearly the usual suspect headwinds. However, we also foresee multiple strong tailwinds from various directions…
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While global leaders convened in Glasgow to achieve a low-carbon future, we can reflect on a very different picture in current energy markets.
The World has changed (a lot) in six years
The COP is usually presented as a major catalyst for the Clean Energy sector. After Glasgow, we believe it is fair to ask whether this is still the case.Read more
There are mixed feelings coming out of the COP26. On the one hand, there were multiple new agreements and declarations that progress in the fight against climate change. On the other, they do not yet go far enough: we’re only just keeping the 1.5°C scenario alive. Pre-COP 26, we were on course for 2.7°C warming and the announcements during the conference put us somewhere between 1.8 °C and 2.4°C, depending on which study and organisation you believe. Of course, the devil is in the detail and the implementation. There is an enormous amount of work to be done to convert these commitments into action and to work out how these commitments will be policed.
While the financial sector is often accused of greenwashing, it is important to remember that responsible investments can only be made with truly sustainable companies. This is why sustainability reporting standards for companies are essential.
With newspapers and inboxes dominated by COP26 news flow, we will wait until the two-week event is finished before we reflect on the many commitments, the potential disappointments and what impact it will all have. Instead, we are writing about gender diversity, a topic we have not touched on since the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
The fourth Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study, jointly prepared by Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, was released this week. The aim of this study is to give an in-depth overview into the dynamics of sustainable investments in Switzerland, pointing out the new trends and identifying where challenges and opportunities may lie ahead for investors.
Our 2020 Annual Sustainability Report is out!
2020 was a key year for responsible investing and ESG funds. As the pandemic raged for most of the year and investors remained cautious, sustainable investing became mainstream as it managed to grow by over 50% in an otherwise subdued fund market.Read more