Policy Activity and Responses

 

A key part of our work to grow the sustainable finance industry is to respond to policy consultations and inquiries held by the Government, Parliament and regulators to develop supportive policies. We also lobby the government on key legislative and political developments.

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UKSIF response: Update to UK’s Green Finance Strategy – ‘Call for Evidence’
23/06/2022

UKSIF response: Update to UK’s Green Finance Strategy – ‘Call for Evidence’

UKSIF is pleased to respond to the government’s Call for Evidence to support the update of the UK’s Green Finance Strategy. Three years on from the original Strategy, and just over six months on from the UK’s hosting of COP26 last year, now is the opportune moment to consider how the UK can continue to…

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UKSIF, IIGCC and PRI open letter to government: future of UK’s ‘green taxonomy’
21/06/2022

UKSIF, IIGCC and PRI open letter to government: future of UK’s ‘green taxonomy’

The CEOs of three leading institutional investor-focused organisations – the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) – have published an open letter to the UK government, expressing strong opposition to the possible inclusion of natural gas activities in the UK’s ‘green…

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UKSIF outlines vision to help the UK become the ‘world’s first net-zero financial centre’
10/05/2022

UKSIF outlines vision to help the UK become the ‘world’s first net-zero financial centre’

UKSIF, the UK’s leading membership organisation for sustainable finance, has today (10 May) launched a flagship report outlining the UK sustainable finance sector’s vision for how the UK can become the ‘world’s first net-zero financial centre’. The report, Delivering a net-zero financial centre: Recommendations from UKSIF’s ‘net-zero inquiry’, is a direct response to the UK…

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UKSIF response: HM Treasury Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review
09/02/2022

UKSIF response: HM Treasury Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review

UKSIF is pleased to respond to Treasury’s ‘Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review: Proposals for Reform.’ UKSIF and our members see this Review playing a hugely important role in ensuring we can continue to have a world-leading regulatory framework in place to promote the success of the UK’s thriving sustainable finance sector. In our response,…

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UKSIF response: FCA Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels
10/01/2022

UKSIF response: FCA Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels

In our response to the Discussion Paper, we focus on the following points: How a single, harmonised set of sustainability disclosures for all clients groups could be explored further by the FCA as an alternative to the proposed two-tiered approach for sophisticated clients and consumers. This could be achieved through a ‘stacking’ or ‘layering’ approach…

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UKSIF response: Environmental Audit Committee inquiry, Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability
06/01/2022

UKSIF response: Environmental Audit Committee inquiry, Aligning the UK’s economic goals with environmental sustainability

UKSIF’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry focuses on the government’s recent response to the recommendations of Professor Sir Partha’s Dasgupta Review of the Economics of Biodiversity, including how biodiversity could be more meaningfully incorporated into its policy decisions, and the vital need for the UK to shift from GDP as the key indicator…

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UKSIF response: DWP Consultation, Climate and investment reporting: setting expectations and empowering savers
06/01/2022

UKSIF response: DWP Consultation, Climate and investment reporting: setting expectations and empowering savers

UKSIF’s response focuses on DWP’s proposals requiring UK pension schemes to disclose a portfolio-alignment metric setting out the extent to which investments are aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global average temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and we voice strong support for this requirement in our response, including ensuring this forms part…

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UKSIF Policy Briefing: Defining a net-zero financial centre in the UK
16/12/2021

UKSIF Policy Briefing: Defining a net-zero financial centre in the UK

UKSIF’s policy briefing sets out the sustainable finance sector’s initial response to the Chancellor’s pledge at ‘Finance Day’ at COP committing the UK to be the ‘world’s first net-zero aligned financial services centre.’ Drafted in very close consultation with our Policy Committee, our briefing highlights some of the areas that government should consider further for…

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UKSIF response: House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry on behavioural change
13/12/2021

UKSIF response: House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry on behavioural change

UKSIF was pleased to respond to the Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee inquiry exploring behaviour change in the context of climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and the environment (e.g. biodiversity, water, waste & the circular economy and air pollution). The main focus of the inquiry is on behaviour change, while the Committee is interested…

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Eurosif Position Statement: Risks arising from inclusion of natural gas & nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy
24/11/2021

Eurosif Position Statement: Risks arising from inclusion of natural gas & nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy

We recently contributed to a public position statement from Eurosif, warning of the significant risks of including natural gas and nuclear energy with the EU’s ‘green taxonomy.’ Our position statement argues that this inclusion would dramatically change the nature of the EU’s taxonomy, namely to a list of transitional economic activities. https://www.eurosif.org/news/eurosif-statement-on-risks-arising-from-inclusion-of-natural-gas-nuclear-energy-in-the-eu-taxonomy

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