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Sustainable Economies

Europe must transform its economies and make them sustainable.
A sustainable economy is one that is resilient and provides a good quality of life for everybody. It stays within the limits of the planet and helps keep global warming within the well below 2°C threshold.
 
Ensuring a rapid transition to sustainable economies in Europe is a challenge that requires bold leadership and strong commitment to action. But while we cannot improve – or even maintain – our well-being on a business-as-usual path, moving to sustainable economies offers huge opportunities.  

“While not perfect, the Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan is the most ambitious globally, and sets a comprehensive reform pathway".

Sébastien Godinot,
Economist
@Sebgodinot

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What WWF is doing

Finance is a critical cog of our economic system. But it is not yet sustainable.

WWF works to change this. It aims to help bring investments into line with EU commitments like the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Such a shift includes both mobilising financial support for sustainable economic activities and discouraging or banning support for harmful ones.

Our priorities:
  • Public finance: Public financial institutions should lead by example and align their lending and investment policies with sustainability goals. WWF is working with European public financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and export credit agencies.
  • EU private investment policies and regulations: WWF is engaging with EU policy makers to achieve an ambitious EU sustainable finance strategy and ensure that private investment flows become aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change and broader environmental and social issues. This includes recommendations on disclosure, EU green bond standards,  investors duties, role of supervisory authorities and mainstreaming of responsible investment practices. WWF wants to ensure that the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan by the European Commission is bold enough and that it’s properly implemented.
  • Large European investors: WWF is engaging with European investors such as asset owners in order to help them adapt their policies, investment process and engagement on climate change risks and opportunities and related issues.
WWF was also part of the Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics research project (SEI-M) until February 2018, which aimed to raise investors' awareness of climate risks and opportunities. The project was funded by EU Commission through the EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 649982.

Contacts

Sebastien Godinot
Economist
+32 489 46 13 14
@Sebgodinot

Kaarina Kolle
Europe Beyond Coal
Finance & Utility Coordinator

Julia Linares
Sustainable Investment Officer
+32 484 21 49 61

Jan Vandermosten
Policy Officer, Sustainable Finance
+32 472 83 25 18
@​janvandermosten​

Sarah Azau
Senior Communications Officer
+32 473 573 137
@SarahAzau

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In this Guide, WWF outlines how asset owners can incorporate alignment with the Paris climate agreement into their investment processes.

The recommendations cover all asset classes (i.e. public equity, private equity, debt instruments, etc.) but are limited to companies that are defined as ‘oil & gas producers’ by the FTSE International Classification Standard.

Read the guide