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Our planet must remain livable and the financial industry plays a key role in securing its future: financial flows must be re-oriented from environmentally harmful activities to a sustainable economy.

Financial regulation, alongside other policies, should ensure private finance becomes an enabler of sustainable transition. This requires:

  • Transparency and corporate governance reforms to ensure real-world outcomes and prevent greenwashing.
  • Robust risk management and adequate capital levels of financial institutions to make them resilient, ensure a “safe transition” and avoid a climate-driven financial crisis.
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Report

Report: A Finance Watch guide to the next ‘sustainable finance agenda’

The next ‘sustainable finance agenda’ could be a jump board to a sustainable economy in the EU. Finance Watch’s new report maps out gaps in the current sustainable finance framework and formulates recommendations to finalise this crucial regulatory ecosystem during the next mandate.
Consultation response

Consultation responses: TPT guidance for the insurance sector

Report

Report – Finance in a hot house world

Climate risk is growing to disruptive levels throughout the financial system and the guardians of financial stability urgently need to adapt their tools to regain control. Finance Watch’s new report calls for economic models that do not mislead, scenario analyses that prepare the market, and a new prudential tool to address the build-up of systemic climate risk.
Consultation response

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on ICP 17 regarding capital adequacy

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on ICP 17 regarding capital adequacy
Consultation response

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on climate risk supervisory guidance

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on climate risk supervisory guidance
Consultation response

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks
Consultation response

Consultation response – A precautionary approach is crucial for finance ministers to drive climate action

Consultation response – A precautionary approach is crucial for finance ministers to drive climate action
Joint statement

Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch and partners urged Members of the ECON Committee to take credible action to tackle climate-related financial risks and to fully implement the Basel III provisions in the CRR and CRD reviews.
Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation
Open letter

Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition

In an open letter signed by more than 60 organisations, Finance Watch and partners called on the G20 leaders to recognise fossil fuel exposures of banks as ‘higher risk assets’ under the Basel capital framework, the internationally agreed-upon principles of banking regulation.
Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition
Report

Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35 trillion USD of exposures to fossil fuel assets. Capital increase needed to reflect risk is equivalent to 3-5 months of bank profits.
Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk
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