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Green Finance

UKSIF works with its members to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy. We encourage the evolution of financial products, services and institutions to support a world facing growing food, energy and water scarcity challenges.

Highlights of UKSIF’s work:

UKSIF has made a number of representations calling for a decarbonisation target for 2030 in the Energy Bill, joining and forming coalitions with organisations including the Aldersgate GroupWWF, Friends of the Earth and major institutional investors and businesses.

UKSIF has supported the UK’s creation of the world’s first Green Investment Bank. We are a member of the Transform UK alliance that campaigned for the Bank. From 2011-2012, Penny Shepherd was a member of the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank Advisory Group. In September 2012, Tessa Tennant, a former UKSIF Chair, was appointed as one of the Bank’s founding non-executive directors.

The Future of Investment: Green Infrastructure (June 2012) is a report in UKSIF’s ‘Future of Investment’ series.

The London Cleantech Cluster (LCC) advances and promotes London’s cleantech businesses, London as a cleantech business centre and the roll-out of sustainable solutions across the capital. UKSIF is a founding supporter.

UKSIF is a supporter of the Natural Capital Declaration – a commitment by the global financial sector to integrate Natural Capital considerations in financial products and services.

Start here:

The world faces rising demand for food, energy and fresh water while mitigating and adapting to climate change. A “nexus” is “a connection or series of connections linking two or more things”. These challenges are sometimes described as the “food-energy-water nexus”. The NEXUS resource platform website has further information.

In April 2012, the IEA predicted that under current historically-high energy consumption patterns, CO2 emissions will increase by a third by 2020, and almost double by 2050. This is likely to send global temperatures 6°C higher.

In June 2012, the IEA released its annual Energy Technology Perspectives publication which says that transformative technologies that can cut carbon emissions and improve energy security already exist, with the potential to generate huge investment returns.

Launching the report ‘The Colour of Growth: Maximising the potential of green business’ (July 2012), the CBI highlighted that green business will be a major pillar of the UK’s future growth and that green business may have accounted for over a third of all UK growth in 2011/12.

Additional resources:

Resource resilient UK (July 2013)
Green Alliance’s report draws on its Circular Economy Task Force’s work on how reuse, remanufacturing and secondary material supplies can address the root causes of resource insecurity.

The Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012 (September 2012)
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)’s research suggests that companies leading on climate change generate superior returns for investors.

Green economy: A UK success story (August 2012)
Green Alliance highlights that ’the UK has moved and we are seeing the advantage’, quantifying the benefits of our green businesses.

Greening the Economy (March 2011)
The Aldersgate Group makes the case for a sustainable future for the UK economy; linking policy, planning, social issues and finance together to ensure green, efficient economic growth.

Eurosif’s Energy Efficiency themed report (April 2011)
Eurosif highlights the impacts energy efficiency has on a variety of business sectors and its significance on the world of finance.