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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)