Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability is a strategic priority for UK Finance spanning our work with member firms on climate risk, green finance and broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

Sustainability has been an area of increasing emphasis for the banking and finance industry in the UK and globally. The G20 Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was announced in 2015 and climate risk has been brought into mainstream banking supervision in the UK, supported by practitioner guidance from the Climate Financial Risk Forum. We have seen coordination between financial regulators globally through the ‘Network for the Greening of the Financial System’ (NGFS). The UK is also advancing its green finance strategy, including through the Green Finance Institute (GFI), while the UK and the EU have committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with China committing to a 2060 timeline.

Developmental work is being undertaken on the underlying sustainability framework in support of net-zero ambitions and broader ESG goals, while the economic recovery measures being taken in response to Covid-19 provide an opportunity to accelerate the pace of change towards a greener economy. In November 2021 the UK will co-host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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