Green Finance

Financing a sustainable future

The UK's offer

  • Ranked top for quality in the Global Green Finance Index 2019
  • On the London Stock Exchange, there are 100+ green bonds from 16 countries, which together raised $26bn
  • Benefit from UK Government commitments to developing green finance
  • 100% of major UK banks offer green loan programmes

Helping governments to meet environmental commitments

Green finance is a key tool in helping economies worldwide tackle climate change and 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 Green Investment Group's mobilisation of over £15bn in green infrastructure capital. The UK's strong track record is set to continue. 

 

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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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Green investment principles for the Belt and Road

The UK and China jointly published the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road in 2018. These voluntary principles aim to harmonise green infrastructure standards along the BRI, to increase the use of green financial products, and ultimately to vastly reduce the emissions footprint of the BRI.

 

Net zero

carbon emissions by 2050

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

100+

green bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange

markets from 16 countries, which have raised $26bn

21

green funds listed on the London Stock Exchange

with a value of $8bn

100+

green companies

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

Leading the internationalisation of green finance

The UK's world-wide reach in financial services make it ideally placed to internationalise the sector. It is leading the way with initiatives such as the UK-China Green Finance Centre providing leadership in global cooperation. The London Stock Exchange’s global sustainable investment centre issued the first certified green bonds and green covered bonds from China, India and the Middle East.

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, climate and data science

One-stop-shop

Leading the way

Nearly 93% of UK issuers report being involved in financing using environmental, social and governance criteria, compared to just under 60% in Hong Kong

Leading the way

Enabling growth in the market

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

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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