Author: Helena Zhu

Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues are undeniably becoming key components of disclosure for corporates and financial institutes around the world. In Asia, a flurry of ESG-related disclosure rules has hit the market in recent years, driving companies to issue sustainability reports and communicate...

Green finance has gained strong momentum in recent years, with cumulative green bond issuance snowballing to USD1.83tr as of June 2022, and ESG- and sustainability-themed financing increasingly available. Yet, a successful and effective economic transition from business-as-usual to sustainable requires investments in undertakings such as...

Investment management firm VanEck will list the first carbon credit exchange traded fund (ETF) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), as reported by the Australian Financial Review on May 24. The fund, VanEck Global Carbon Credits ETF (Synthetic), may begin trading under the ticker XC02...

Japan has laid out a plan on May 19 to issue JPY20tr (USD157bn) in green transition bonds to accelerate its transition to carbon neutrality, as reported by Reuters on the same day. Details of the green transition bonds will undergo further discussion later this year....

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its long-anticipated proposal for climate-related financial disclosure in March 2022. The proposal is historic as it marks the first effort by any US financial regulator to standardize climate-related disclosure. Back in June 2021, the finance ministers and...

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM), the asset management arm of BNP Paribas [BNP:FP], has launched the Sustainable Asian Cities Bond, a new fixed income strategy aiming to support sustainable urbanization in Asian cities, as reported by ESG Today on May 9. The fund is...

HSBC [HSBC:US] has launched a Global Biodiversity Discretionary Strategy for its Global Private Banking (GPB) services in Asia, as reported by The Asset on May 4. Managed by Lombard Odier, a founding member of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance, the strategy marks the bank’s first...

As more enterprises around the world adopt ESG standards for non-financial information disclosure, Chinese enterprises face a pressing need to catch up as they compete in markets with rising demand for quality ESG data. Many globally recognized and most prevalent standards, such as the GRI...

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate science, released the “Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Report” (WG2 report) on February 27, 2022, as the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6). The 3675-page report summarized the...

Stress testing is not an unfamiliar term to the financial sector. Ever since the global financial crisis, financial institutions have used stress tests as a key tool for assessing risks and resiliency of the financial system as well as individual institutions. With climate change increasingly...

On January 5, the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning (CAEP) released the China Products Carbon Footprint Factors Database (中国产品全生命周期温室气体排放系数集), the first open, transparent, and continuously updated product carbon footprinting (PCF) emission factor database in China. The development of this database involved voluntary contributions from 54...

The conversation around decarbonization and climate change mitigation has long been dominated by the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas. However, during this year’s United Nations climate summit COP26, methane as another form of greenhouse gas rose to the spotlight in...

CDP, a global non-profit promoting environmental disclosure for companies and governments, announced environmental performance scores on companies for the year 2021, as reported by the organization’s press release on December 7. According to CDP, nearly 12,000 companies have reported environmental data through CDP’s platform in...

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