Sustainable finance: it’s decision time; from niche product to new business model

Sustainable finance: it’s decision time

The implications of the EU Action Plan on sustainable finance - both in depth and at a practical level

Leonie Jesse

Associate Director Sustainability, Sustainable Finance

KPMG Nederland


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Sustainable finance: why and why now?

Recent history has shown us the impact of taking a short term approach to finance, with the financial crisis highlighting how a lack of transparency and regulation can create mayhem on a global scale. Governments have launched efforts to prevent similar situations going forward and sustainable finance is an example of area where it seems they are determined to get it right.

A High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance has been engaged and has created the basis for the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, a blueprint for financial players going forward.

Climate change and other environmental risks now represent some of the most significant global risks both in terms of likelihood and impact. Investor demand is growing and investment processes are being examined through an ESG lens. The cost of taking steps to mitigate the effects of climate change and other ESG relating risks is now lower than the costs that could be incurred by ignoring these risks. Upcoming regulation will move sustainable finance from being an advantage to being a regulatory imperative.

In this report

  • Why sustainable finance is shifting away from being a niche product to a central pillar of finance
  • Why businesses need to consider ESG metrics in their investment decisions and overall business strategy
  • The challenge posed by environmental risks and the implications of impending regulation
  • The implications of the EU Action Plan in depth and at a practical level
  • What these megatrends and regulations mean for banks, pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies, central banks and other financial players.

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