02.19.2021

Principles On Financing US Shift To A Low-Carbon Economy

Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges facing our society, and financial firms as global capital providers play a key role in financing the creation and deployment of solutions that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, promote green energy generation and strengthen community resilience. While individual institutions have a significant role to play in the global effort to address climate change, policy must provide a critical foundation.

On February 17, the US Climate Finance Working Group, which comprises ISDA and 10 other trade associations, published principles for a US transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy. The principles are intended to serve as a useful framework, offering perspectives from the full spectrum of the financial services industry including banks, investment banks, insurers, asset managers, investment funds, pension funds and other financial intermediaries.

The principles are:

  • Set science-based climate policy goals that align with the Paris Agreement
  • Increase and strengthen US international engagement
  • Provide clear long-term policy signals that foster innovation in financial services
  • Price carbon and leverage the power of markets
  • Minimize costs and support jobs in the transition
  • Foster international harmonization of taxonomies, data standards and metrics
  • Promote more robust climate disclosure and international standards
  • Ensure climate-related financial regulation is risk-based
  • Build capacity on climate risk modeling and scenario analysis
  • Strengthen post-disaster recovery, risk mitigation and adaptation

The full PDF of the principles, Financing a US Transition to a Sustainable Low-carbon Economy, is available here.

Source: ISDA

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