Why Climate Finance? Why Now?

by John Howell of Climate & Capital Media and Climate Finance Weekly
Dec 3, 2020 11:05 AM ET

“Why climate finance,” you might ask? In 25 years of reporting on sustainable business, I have become fascinated by the pivotal relationship between capital and innovative solutions to climate-related issues.

Over the past few years, I have engaged with organizations, companies, conferences, webinars, and workshops about several varieties of values-based investing, especially the increasing number pointed toward ESG, impact investing, and SRI strategies and practices that address climate change. Each of these variants contains its own sub-categories, variously defined by institutional and individual investors, research firms, financial advisors, analysts, and academics. These, in turn, are connected to a rapidly growing range of products being introduced to activate the concepts, from green bonds to target-specific impact funds and ESG ETFs.

This unprecedented activity is among the most exciting developments in a time that could use more good news. It can also get confusing — fast. As a field, climate finance is a pioneering effort, based on analysis of data and science to generate new methodologies but by definition, one that creates new, uncharted paths within the financial sector and for investors.  

Here is my inside lookhttps://greenmoney.com/why-climate-finance-why-now/ 


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