The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s board of directors has approved a proposal to accelerate its transition towards being a green bank, including devoting over 50% of its investments to the green economy by 2025. But it has deferred a decision on when the rest of its activities will be aligned with the Paris Agreement.
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The head of the World Bank has, for the first time, called for parts of the sovereign debts owed by the world’s poorest countries to official bilateral creditors to be cancelled, in the face of the coronavirus’s impact.09 Jul 2020
Momentum is growing for the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic to have a strong green thrust, as the UK’s mini-Budget and comments by European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde made clear this week. Capital market participants are enthusiastic about the prospect and expect it to further green the markets — but how far the drive goes will ultimately depend on politics, write Mike Turner, Jon Hay and Jasper Cox.09 Jul 2020
Bertrand de Mazières is one of the best known and most respected figures in European debt capital markets. As director general of finance at the European Investment Bank (EIB), he oversees one of Europe’s most important bond issuers, a status not only due to the amount it issues each year, but also its role as a setter of standards and benchmarks for rest of the market — in good times and bad.09 Jul 2020