Antonia Sariyska Adam Gustafsson Armin Peter Tasos Zavitsanakis

Investors who want to align with the Paris Agreement are standing at an inflection point – to reach Net Zero by 2050 a change in speed is needed. It is time to move beyond exclusions and reinforce the focus on engagement. By focusing on greening the collective future with renewed urgency and commitment, we believe asset owners can help achieve net zero objectives and transform what tomorrow will bring.

The paper aims to identify:

  • Key actions the financial sector can take to help accelerate and scale decarbonization of the real economy
  • Next steps that can drive and build on decarbonization efforts across sectors

Key findings:

  • 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.

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