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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.
What is WWF doing?Finance is a critical cog of our economic system. WWF aims to change the way investments are made, bringing them into line with EU commitments like the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 Goals. Such a shift includes both mobilising financial support for sustainable economic activities and discouraging or banning support for harmful ones.
As a part of Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics Project, WWF is raising awareness among investors about climate risks and opportunities.
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.
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(Source: Eurobarometer 82, November 2014)