EU Publishes Green Finance Taxonomy
The European Commission set up a Technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) to assist it in developing, in line with the Commission’s legislative proposals of May 2018
- an EU classification system – the so-called EU taxonomy – to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable;
- an EU Green Bond Standard;
- methodologies for EU climate benchmarks and disclosures for benchmarks; and
- guidance to improve corporate disclosure of climate-related information.
The TEG commenced its work in July 2018. Its 35 members from civil society, academia, business and the finance sector, as well as additional members and observers from EU and international public bodies work both through formal plenaries and sub group meetings for each work stream. To allow it to conclude its technical work and retain the expertise before the future Platform on sustainable finance is set up, the mandate of the TEG has been extended until 30 September 2020.
Source: European Commission
Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, Sustainable Finance, European Commission, said:
📣The landmark final reports on #EUTaxonomy and the #EUGreenBond Standard are out. The impressive result of high competence, dedication & very hard work by 45+ top professionals of the @EU_Commission’s Technical Expert Group on #SustainableFinanceEU.👏🙏🌱https://t.co/HUhhJnQfno— Martin Spolc (@MartinSpolc) March 9, 2020
The EU Commission said:
.@EU_Commission today welcomed the publication by the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of a report on the EU’s classification of green economic activities, or taxonomy, and a report on the EU Green Bond Standard.— EU Finance 🇪🇺 (@EU_Finance) March 9, 2020
Both reports available here: https://t.co/9ri83C5ry2 pic.twitter.com/uCK0UgkB6A
Sean Kidney, chief executive of Climate Bonds Initiative, said in a statement:
“The EU Taxonomy opens up huge opportunities for institutional investors to support low carbon and green growth, transition activities and decarbonisation.
“Companies and investors need both confidence and guidance to commit the trillions needed in this decade and on to 2050 to achieve carbon neutrality. The TEG report with its updated sustainability criteria for 70 different economic activities provides a comprehensive level of guidance to the market, stakeholders and regulators.”
It’s an affirmative and definite signal for corporations and institutional investors. The EU Taxonomy takes the wider sustainability and climate agenda and integrates it within real economy activities, giving boards and investors increasing confidence in their short- and long-term decisions.
Today’s announcement will positively shape investor decision making and corporate planning in multiple regions through the 2020s. It will help shift capital allocations towards sustainable economic activity, low carbon growth and a new array of investment and employment opportunities.”
Volumes of sustainable debt surpassed $1.6 trillion in 2021.
The consolidated quote system for corporate bonds has raised funds to expand outside the US.
It is important to maintain the voluntary nature of the standard.
Proposed changes would lead to an unsustainable level of additional cost and liability for issuers.
Bond funds saw strongest inflows since 2016.