Green Finance

Finance For A Sustainable Future

The UK's offer

  • Ranked top for quality in the Global Green Finance Index 2019
  • The global green bond market reached £258bn in 2019
  • Benefit from UK Government commitments to developing green finance
  • 100% of major UK banks offer green loan programmes

Helping Economies Worldwide Tackle Climate Challenges

Green finance is a key tool in helping governments worldwide to achieve their environmental goals and commitments. The UK is a well established leading centre for providing green services, with a wealth of experience and connections to draw on. Landmark developments are coming to market with increasing frequency; from the first renminbi- and rupee-denominated green bond issuances coming from London in 2015, to the listing of 139 green bonds from 18 countries on the London Stock Exchange, the UK's strong track record is set to continue.

 

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The UK: supporting the global growth of green finance

The UK is leading the change to a sustainable financial future. We’re here, and we’re ready to play our part in a cleaner, greener, future for business.

Growth in green bonds

Since the 2017 Green Finance Summit, the amount raised in green bonds on the London Stock Exchange has almost tripled.

 

Since the 2017 Green Finance Summit, the amount raised in green bonds on the London Stock Exchange has almost tripled.

Net zero

carbon emissions by 2050

The UK is the first G7 country to legislate for net zero carbon emissions

139

green bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange

markets from 18 countries, which have raised $26bn

22

green funds listed on the London Stock Exchange

with a value of $9bn

100+

green companies

which generate at least 20 per cent of revenue from green economy industries

Green Horizon Summit - The Pivotal Role of Finance

To mark London Climate Action Week, the City of London Corporation, in collaboration with the Green Finance Institute, announces a major summit in November that will focus on the role of green finance in the recovery from COVID-19. 

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Leading the internationalisation of green finance

The UK's world-wide reach in financial services ideally places it to build global partnerships in green and sustainable finance. It is pioneering this with initiatives such as the UK-China Green Finance Centre, providing leadership in international cooperation. 

The UK and China are both committed to greening their financial systems and meeting national commitments on climate change. A new report, “ResILIENCE: Lessons to scale responsible investing” published by the UK-China Green Finance Centre, examines how these two pioneer markets can partner to accelerate greening of the recovery, to build back better from COVID-19. 

London hosts Moody’s Green Bonds Assessment, S&P’s Green Evaluation Service and green finance audit, and compliance services, whilst the Green Finance Institute will champion sustainable finance in the UK and abroad, accelerate the greening of the global financial system and enhance London’s position as a world leader in this field.

Standard setter

London hosts Moody’s Green Bonds Assessment, S&P’s Green Evaluation Service and green finance audit and compliance services.

Standard setter

One-stop-shop

The UK government and the City of London Corporation have launched the Green Finance Institute embracing international engagement, green fintech, and climate and data science

One-stop-shop

Leading the way

In the UK, 48% of investors say they care about environmental and social issues— substantially higher than the global average of 36%

Leading the way

Setting the standard internationally

London is ranked the world's top green finance centre for quality in Z/Yen's Global Green Finance Index 2019.

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Enabling growth in the market

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) listed its $1.58bn green bond on the London Stock Exchange - one of the world's largest green bonds. 

The London Stock Exchange’s dedicated global sustainable investment centre issued the world’s 1st certified green bonds and green covered bonds from China, India and the Middle East.

"We are very interested in the initiatives of the UK to encourage sustainable impact green projects. I do think the UK is pioneering in that."

Nandita Sahgal Tully, Managing Director, Merchant Banking ThomasLloyd

Partner story

Thomas Lloyd: 'The UK has a rich tradition of innovation in the finance space and green finance is the latest area that's attracting innovation.'

Thomas Lloyd: 'The UK has a rich tradition of innovation in the finance space and green finance is the latest area that's attracting innovation.'

Partner Story

Skyline Partners: 'There's a lot of opportunity here.'

Skyline Partners: 'There's a lot of opportunity here.'

Everything you need

The UK offers you everything you need to grow your business.

We have a global outlook, which means we understand your business needs. The depth and breadth of our offer mean unparalleled opportunities for you to grow. Innovation is what we do - creating an inspirational ecosystem where you can thrive. 

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