The news from December 2017 to March 2018 was particularly rich in announcements in sustainable finance. This document summarizes the main announcements with a focus on the French government, investors, as well as the European Commission's action plan.
Until a green and social sovereign bond market develops – something that Mirova actively promotes and encourages – Mirova has developed a sustainability analysis that would be used as a proxy for impacts and is integrated into Mirova’s responsible investment decision making process. Furthermore, the Energy & Climate risk score co-developed with Beyond Ratings would allow for the integration of material energy and climate related risks into the solvability of sovereign debt.
Nuclear power makes up about 9% of global electricity generation, with 443 reactors and 385 GW of capacity in operation today. This includes reactors in 31 countries, with Belarus and the United Arab Emirates currently constructing their first (World Nuclear Organization 2016).
Regulation, cost reduction, and the rise of renewable energy in the United States.
Historically and famously fossil-fuel dependent, the U.S. energy and electricity mixes are evolving quickly as costs fall for renewables, regulations mandate their implementation, and fiscal policy incentivizes their installation.
The current global scale and consequences of land degradation make a compelling and urgent case for reaching Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) worldwide by 2030, a target that has now been formally incorporated into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve LDN, large amounts of financial resources need to be mobilised, and public resources alone will not suffice. Attracting long-term capital from private investors by creating a sound market-driven investment framework is also critical.
For some, a responsible investment is by definition a long-term investment. And they’re right, to be sure. Problems arise, however, with any attempt to define these terms. Surprisingly, it is almost as difficult to achieve a consensus on the meaning of long-term investment as it is to arrive at a broadly acceptable definition of responsible investment.