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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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9 PUBLICATIONS

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.
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
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
Consultation response

Response to the EBA Discussion Paper on Environmental Risks in the Prudential Framework

Open letter

Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk

In the open letter below, sent to policymakers in the European Parliament, Finance Watch and 13 partners call to include mandatory transition plans and capital requirements for climate-related risks in their review of the EU banks and insurers prudential rules.
Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk
Report

Report: A ‘silver bullet’ against Green Swans – Incorporating climate risk into prudential rules

Simple measures taken now can sever climate change-financial instability link, says a new report “A silver bullet against green swans: Incorporating climate-related financial risk into bank and insurance prudential rules”.
Consultation response

Consultation Response on the Draft Delegated Act on Art. 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation

Consultation Response on the Draft Delegated Act on Art. 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation
Open letter

Letter to EU policymakers to close ‘climate-finance doom loop’ through CRR, Solvency II upgrades

Finance Watch called on EU leaders not to miss the opportunity of the upcoming review of banking and insurance prudential legislation to properly integrate climate risk. The letter was sent along with the proposed amendments to CRR and Solvency II copied below.
Report

Report – Breaking the climate-finance doom loop

On 8 June 2020, Finance Watch published a report to show how banking prudential regulation can tackle the link between climate change and financial instability.

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