|Australian and New Zealand are at a "nascent" stage in the development of its green loans sector, according to new research from the Climate Bonds Initiative.|
|The government's announced ban on the export of recyclable waste and commitment to fund the construction and expansion of recycling facilities brings strategic risks and opportunities for companies and investors|
|AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Sycomore Asset Management, and Mirova are developing a tool to measure how investment impact biodiversity.|
|Woolworths Group has committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 63% by 2030 in targets endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).|
|Brighte Capital, a leading domestic home energy-focused financier, will participate in a 100% green-certified asset-backed securities issuance.|
|Coles will source more than 90% of its Queensland electricity from renewable energy sources after signing an agreement with state-owned CleanCo.|
|Climate change will cause more fires, hailstorms and cyclones across Australia, resulting in greater property, personal and economic damage, and hardship for Australian communities, warns insurer IAG.|
|Infrastructure assets will require "substantial investments" to achieve lower carbon emission targets, according to new research from RARE Infrastructure.|
|The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is investing up to $30 million in program to deliver home energy systems to social housing tenants in South Australia.|
|Environmental markets project developer and investor GreenCollar has secured funding for a series of carbon farming projects under the Queensland Government's $500M Land Restoration Fund (LRF).|
Only one in five victims of modern slavery are identified in Australia, meaning that identifying instances and exposures of modern slavery will be a key project for Australian organisations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act's reporting obligations, according to Informed 365.
Integration of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes in fixed income and credit portfolios is "crucial" to risk management, according to Janus Henderson.
With material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues increasingly demonstrating their impact on companies' ability to generate long term value for investors, fund managers are making the case that ESG can augment quality signals in strategies.
Editorial note: This piece is sponsored by T. Rowe Price Integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into emerging markets portfolios can assist investors in finding companies that outperform their peers. However, they also present challenges for managers that take ESG into consideration.
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