simon zadek

Climate of Opportunity

Although I am back living in Europe, my fascination of, and work in China, continues unabated, notably the work on greening China`s financial markets, more or which anon. In that context, I am pleased to point you towards my first outing in my China Daily business column, “Climate of Opportunity“, focused on the changing narrative in the run-up to the UN Secretary General`s Climate Summit in September in New York.…

“Hesitantly at first, but now gathering momentum, governments across the world have started to add a new suite of policy instruments to the sustainable development toolbox. Whether it’s green credit guidelines for banks in China, a revitalised definition of prudent investing in South Africa or non-financial disclosure requirements in Europe, the message is clear: reforming the financial system is a necessary part of the transition to a green and inclusive economy.”

Read latest Guardian article, Welcoming a New Generation of Green Financial Policy Innovation, co-authored with Nick Robins.…

The Inquiry @ 150 Days – An Invitation

On 24th June, UNEP`s Inquiry releases its first publication, Aligning the Financial System to Sustainable Development. It sets out an open invitation to those with interests, experience and insights to contribute to developing design options for a sustainable financial system.

The occasion for releasing this Invitation was the day-long Finance Symposium held in Nairobi as part of the first, landmark meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.…

Better is Not Good Enough

The Great Transition Initiative is one of those collaborative ventures seeking to push the visioning and analysis boat out further than most, initiated by the Tellus Institute and now involving many public intellectuals.

Bob Willard has written a piece, Better is Not Good Enough: Toward True Corporate Sustainability, extolling us to think and act beyond incrementalism, appealing to the principles of The Natural Step as key to our tools for quantum progress.…

Green or Greenspan

When forced to explain why so few anticipated the global financial crisis, former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan blamed in his Foreign Affairs article “Never Saw it Coming“, animal spirits, investors’ herding behavior, unimaginably large tail risks, and black swan events. When it comes time for global leaders to defend their decades of inaction on climate change, which is set to trigger an environmental and economic crisis on an unprecedented scale, their defense may well look a lot like Greenspan’s.…

Oil Assets @ Risk

Carbon Tracker Initiative`s new report, ‘Carbon supply cost curves: Evaluating financial risk to oil capital expenditures’, today reveals how many oil projects make neither economic nor climate sense. The risk analysis identifies that many higher cost oil projects are too far up the cost curve to fit within low demand, low price scenarios that would also limit oil-related emissions to within a carbon budget.…

Inquiry`s 100 Day Milestone

The 5th May is not only the anniversaries of when Kublai Khan became Emperor of the Mongol Empire in 1260 and when Napoleon died in exile on St Helena in 1821, but is the 100 day milestone of UNEP`s Inquiry into design options for a sustainable financial system.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, the Inquiry aims to identify policies and practices that can better align the financial system with the long term health of the real economy, supporting its shift to become more green and inclusive.…

Inquiry Passes 1st Milestone

The Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System has passed its first milestone, and is alive and well. On 9th April, on the eve of the IMF/World Bank Spring, the World Bank hosted the Inquiry`s first Advisory Council meeting in Washington DC. The meeting, convened just 10 weeks into the Inquiry`s life, was designed to stress test and provide guidance on its fundamental scope and approach.…

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