Sustainable Finance

Finance for a sustainable future

The UK's offer

  • London ranks #1 in the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI) and tops all areas of competitiveness
  • Pioneer in sustainable investment
  • Great size and depth of capital to fund green projects
  • International platforms for the world to finance their sustainability objectives
  • Strong policy support from the government and regulators

Helping economies worldwide tackle climate challenges

Mobilising and accelerating private capital flows into sustainable projects can lead to a range of societal benefits and can provide investors with a way to ensure their capital is contributing to a resilient future.  
 
The UK is a well-established one-stop shop for green finance. It offers access to a wide spectrum of products and services – from ESG-themed funds to sustainability advisory – as firms and economies globally transition to net zero.

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Finance for Impact Summit

In order to channel capital at scale, we need a vibrant finance for impact market, where investors can generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Funding for a more sustainable future

The transition to a sustainable global economy requires scaling up investments that provide environmental and social benefits. The UK provides a well-developed ecosystem featuring international participants, strong expertise, great size and depth of capital and strong policy support that can help the world to mobilise and scale up sustainable finance.   

 

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120

UK financial institutions participate in the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero

the highest globally

£89bn

responsible investments funds managed in the UK in 2021

almost tripled from 2020

£11.6bn

climate finance committed by the UK

between 2021-2026

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Championing sustainable finance: the UK's global offer

Championing sustainable finance: the UK's global offer

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Mobilising private capital to reach net zero

Mobilising private capital to reach net zero

A one-stop shop with global reach

The UK is the only financial centre that leads both conventional and green financial centre rankings. It has a strong track record in attracting international corporates and issuers to finance their sustainability objectives.  
 
London tops the Global Green Finance Index. Our offer spans data, research, advisory and legal services, deal structuring, risk management, fund-raising platforms, and investment instruments.   
 
Recently, the UK has seen rapid growth in sustainable finance across asset classes. A wide range of sustainability-related products are listed in the UK 

The wide range of sustainability-related products listed in the UK

 

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Green equities

• 100+ green equities issues valued at £149bn 

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Sustainability-related bonds listed in LSE

• Close to 350 bonds on the Sustainable Bond Market raising £100+ bn 

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Listed green funds

• 29 green funds with a market cap of £13bn

• Listed green funds represented over 35% of further capital raised for funds in 2020

• Listed green fund market size more than tripled between 2015 and 2020

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ESG ETFs

• 125+ green ETFs, +75% between 2021 and 2020 

The Future of Voluntary Carbon Markets

The UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum has produced The Future of Voluntary Carbon Markets report, outlining the essential components of a well governed and efficient market that can transform the transition to net zero. 

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Setting the standard internationally

London is a leading global financial centre for green finance depth and quality.

London is a leading global financial centre for green finance depth and quality.

Place-based impact investing

Together with the Impact Investing Institute, the City of London Corporation is sponsoring research into place-based impact investing.

Together with the Impact Investing Institute, the City of London Corporation is sponsoring research into place-based impact investing.

Championing a global sustainable finance system

UK institutions are at the forefront of agenda-setting and advocacy on climate change, leveraging the UK’s global influence to drive long-term growth for sustainable finance and improving transparency and credibility.  

The UK was the first G20 country to make TCFD-aligned disclosures mandatory across the economy. The UK also nurtures innovations for the climate challenge, such as the development of a credible voluntary carbon market. The City of London Corporation is a Founding Sponsor of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, a global governance body for the voluntary carbon market. 

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NatWest Group

NatWest Group

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BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas

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Nossa Data

Nossa Data

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Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd

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Impax Asset Management

Impax Asset Management

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iClima Earth

iClima Earth

"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

"Beating climate change will require collaboration and the UK is a great spot for this with its international mix of students in our excellent universities to the diverse communities here which bring people together"

Rishi Madlani, Head of Climate and Sustainable Finance NatWest Group

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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