The green inflection point

Driving decarbonization of the real economy 

Read our latest white paper to find how the financial sector can accelerate and drive decarbonization of the real economy. 


The podcast


In Monocle’s podcast, UBS sustainability experts, Francis Condon, Head of Thematic Engagement at UBS Asset Management and Adam Gustafsson, Portfolio Manager, QED UBS Asset Management, focus on the new white paper from the UBS Sustainability & Impact Institute, ‘The Green Inflection Point’. They discuss the key actions that the financial sector can to take in order to scale and speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Progress to Net Zero

What is Net Zero and why is it important? Francis Condon, Head of Thematic Engagement at UBS Asset Management, explains.

Meet our specialists

This white paper is a collaborative from our in-house team, working together through the UBS Sustainability and Impact Institute:


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Adam Gustafsson

Portfolio Manager, QED AM

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Armin Peter

Global Head
DCM Syndicate

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Antonia Sariyska

Sustainable Investing Analyst

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Samantha Sutcliffe

Head of Sustainable Finance

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Tasos Zavitsanakis

Head of Sustainable Finance, Greater China

Key findings

Decarbonizing the real economy
  • Progress has been made so far on decarbonization. But, the financial sector has an opportunity to do more to drive measurable change.
  • To drive change further, financial institutions need to intensify constructive engagement with emission-intensive sectors against a background of regulatory pressures and public scrutiny. 
  • Creating and supporting frameworks, standards and collaborative efforts will enable the financial sector to drive the low-carbon transition – especially in hard-to-transition sectors.​
  • The financial sector has various tools available – including investing, financing and advising. These tools can all be applied to inform, shape and drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. ​ 
  • Innovative funding approaches can help bring relevant stakeholders together to ensure that finance is not the barrier to decarbonization efforts. ​
Decarbonizing the real economy through impactful financial sector engagement requires targeted engagement, effective partnerships and innovative financial approaches.


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In this decade, SPAN will enable millions of homes to electrify by replacing the key bottleneck - the outdated electrical panel, and eliminate 40% of emissions originating from our everyday lifestyle choices.

Learn more about the UBS Global Visionaries

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