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Financial decision-making should ideally contribute to positive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes. ESG measurement and reporting is therefore becoming ever more important for corporations, financial institutions, governments and civil society.

Download report On November 16, 2022, the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia under Indonesia’s presidency concluded. The report on Innovative finance towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future written by Christoph Nedopil and supported by UNDP, UNICEF, GGGI and NDC Partnership for the G20 Climate and Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) was…

On June 1, 2022, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) issued the “Green Finance Guidelines for the Banking and Insurance Industry”. The Guidelines consolidate the 2019 Guidelines on the high-quality development for the Banking and Insurance Industry and focus particularly on green banking (e.g., green loans, green credit)…

On March 31st, 2022, the Eco-Business with strategic support from Refinitiv, an LSEG business, organized its first sustainable finance event with a focus on China. Among the participants, Christoph Nedopil, Director of the Green Finance & Development Center at FISF Fudan University Shanghai, along with speakers from UNDP China, Refinitiv, and…

Evaluating, understanding and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks is an important success factor for overseas projects. With their dominant role in overseas project development, the Chinese infrastructure construction companies are increasingly conscious of these risks. At the same time, the Chinese government through the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)…

From March 4 to March 11, 2022, the “Two Sessions” were held in Beijing. The Two Sessions are the annual meetings of the two main political bodies of the People’s Republic of China: the National People’s Congress (NPC), and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). The Two Sessions provide…

Download full report here in English and here in Chinese. Post-pandemic recovery and low-carbon transition have become top priorities for BRI countries. Mobilizing investment for green projects will chart a course for green and low-carbon BRI development. Cooperation shall be strengthened in key areas such as green infrastructure, green energy…

On July 16, 2021, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China issued the “Green Development Guidelines for Foreign Investment and Cooperation” (hereinafter referred to as the 2021 Green Guidelines). The Guidelines focus on both investment and trade. With MOFCOM being responsible for regulating Chinese…

On June 23, 2021, during a virtual conference, political leaders of 29 partner countries of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on Green Development (“BRI Green Partnership”). Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister WANG Yi presided over the conference during the Asia and…

The BRI offers the Central Asian range states of Panthera Uncia a once in a generation chance to bring economic opportunity to a region often overlooked in development. Like all projects of this scale, the ramifications for the area’s biodiversity, and in particular its flagship species Panthera Uncia remains hard…