Sustainable Finance Research Platform

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Climate Policy

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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Stiftung Mercator

In Cooperation With

University of Augsburg
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
University of Hamburg
University of Kassel

The Sustainable Finance Research Platform is a network of five German research institutions that have been conducting intensive research on sustainable finance for many years. The aim of the platform is to provide scientific support in answering key social, political and private sector questions, to provide established and emerging knowledge and to play an advisory role in the political and public discourse, for example by providing input and feedback to the Sustainable Finance Advisory Board of the German Federal Government.

 

 

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April 29, 2020
Sustainable Finance

Virtual Conference: German Sustainable Finance Strategy in a European Context

Speaker: Karsten Löffler, Kristina Jeromin, Anne-Claire Roux, Nikki Rupert, Ingmar Jürgens, Franziska Schütze
Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Co-organized by the Sustainable Finance Research Platform (SFRP) and Berlin Seminar on Energy and Climate Policy (BSEC) Sustainable Finance is not only a key element of the climate policy agenda. In times of crisis, like the one we are currently experiencing, sustainable finance can also make substantial contributions to making our financial system more resilient, more sustainable and more ...

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April 20, 2020
Sustainable Finance

Online-Workshop: TFCD Reporting Standard in Practice

Speaker: Christian Thimann, Mona Freundt, Frank Sibert, Lukas Simon, Christoph Reißfelder, Timo Busch, Ingmar Jürgens
Time: 10:00 - 12:00

In its Climate Action Programme 2030, the German government presented concrete measures for the country to reach its 2030 climate target: a reduction of greenhouse gas levels by 55 percent below 1990 levels. At the same time, the German government officially declared its aim to take a leading position in Sustainable Finance. Hence, the country intends to underpin the transformation to a low-carbon ...

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January 17, 2020
Sustainable Finance

Workshop on Sustainable Finance and the Transformation of the Real Economy

Location: Elinor-Ostrom-Saal
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 09:00 - 14:30

This workshop focused on the question, how the financial market can accompany and support the transformation towards a climate-neutral and sustainable economy.

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December 16, 2019
Sustainable Finance

Workshop "Sustainable Financial Products"

Time: 10:30 - 17:30

In order to transform the economy towards CO2 neutrality in the sense of the Paris Agreement, financial products are needed to support the financing of this process. In this workshop, existing and possible offers for different product categories (investment products, banking products and insurance products) were discussed, obstacles and problems in the development and introduction of such products ...

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November 29, 2019
Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance Round table and the Transformation of the Real Economy

Location: Elinor-Ostrom-Saal
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:00 - 16:00

This workshop focused on the question, how the financial market can accompany and support the transformation towards a climate-neutral and sustainable economy.

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The first policy brief "Conditions for an effective sustainable finance taxonomy (PDF, 476.2 KB)" discusses strenghts and opportunities for improvement of the current regulatory proposal and the TEG report. It formulates conditions for an effective and goal-oriented sustainable finance taxonomy.  These include an expansion of activites covered, a broad application to all financial actors, a more dynamic forward-looking perspective, mandatory climate-related disclosure, and better integration into risk management.

The second policy brief "Mandatory climate-related reporting as a means of CO2 emission reduction (PDF, 392.64 KB)" shows that mandatory reporting can create incentives for companies to reduce emissions. In addition, mandatory disclosure would make important  information for risk assessment available to capital markets, thus reducing information asymmetry and redirecting capital flows in a more climate-friendly direction.

The third policy brief discusses the importance of climate neutrality for different market players. It shows how climate neutrality can serve as a central scenario for the strategic planning of financial institutions and real economy companies. In addition, it emphasizes the importance of company-specific data and information in connection with scenario analyses and stress tests. The policy brief is currently only available in German: „Sustainable Finance und die Transformation der Realwirtschaft - Klimaneutralität als zentrales Szenario“ (PDF, 0.72 MB)

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