More than ever, green bonds are the focus of attention and the curiosity they are arousing is equalled by the questions they have raised. These instruments, which are geared towards "green" projects, have emerged as a market segment of their own at a time when questions about the integrity and sustainability of investments are becoming increasingly pressing.
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Whether it is “grey”, “blue”, “yellow”, or “green”, hydrogen is the topic on everyone’s lips today. While it is already widely consumed in many sectors, its use as a source of energy is only in its early stages. Its applications are as numerous as they are promising, most notably in the mobility sector. For it to become the best facilitator for the transition towards a low carbon economy, many challenges still need to be met, starting with the mass production of a zero-carbon hydrogen which will require substantial investment in the coming years.
If these last years have seen more initiatives to narrow the gender gap, Covid-19 might widen it dramatically. United-Nations Secretary-General António Guterres noted that “COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights”. Eva L’Homme, the dedicated analyst for the gender equality strategy analyzes the causes, the externalities and the actions that will have to be taken to tackle this regressive trigger.
Soliane Varlet, Mirova Women Leaders strategy manager, and Mathilde Dufour, Head of Sustainability Research - Listed assets, provide an update on the correlation between diversity and company performance, as well as on Mirova's commitment to gender diversity through its Women Leaders* equity strategy in a documented Q&A.
The energy, industry, buildings and transport sectors together currently account for three quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions, with mobility alone representing no less than 24% of CO2 emissions caused by energy combustion1. To limit global warming in accordance with the goals of the Paris Agreement, financing the transition of transport towards low-carbon mobility constitutes both an ecological imperative and an opportunity for positive impact investment.
The concept of impact investing is increasingly prevalent in the financial industry. At Mirova, impact serves as a core structural feature of our corporate purpose. Every day, our teams are committed at the side of our clients to provide them with investment solutions that aim to reconcile financial performance with positive environmental and social impact.