Sustainable Finance

Finance for a sustainable future

The UK's offer

  • A leading centre for green finance services and knowledge
  • 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, leading centre offering the critical mass of capital and expertise to develop the standards, measurements and products, and to invest in sustainability-related projects.

It has all the ingredients to become the go-to location for both UK and international issuers, investors and professional services providers to tap into the sustainable finance opportunities.

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Championing sustainable finance: the UK's global offer

Learn more about how the UK's sustainable finance ecosystem can help the world to mobilise and scale up sustainable finance

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Funding for a more sustainable future

The transition to a sustainable global economy requires scaling up the financing of 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 mobilising and scale up sustainable finance.  

 

624

UN PRI signatories

in the UK with £8.8 trn AuM

£55bn

responsible investments funds managed in the UK in 2020

almost doubled from the previous year

£6.3bn

for climate change initiatives in development countries

mobilised by the UK International Climate Finance

Mobilising private capital to reach net zero

It's estimated that US$1-2 trillion a year is needed to achieve net zero by 2050. With COP26 in Glasgow approaching, the UK has an opportunity to show leadership in financing the transition to net zero.  

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The international platform to raise funds for sustainability objectives

The UK is the only global financial centre that is also a green finance hub. It has a strong track record in attracting international corporates and issuers to finance their sustainability objectives .

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is home to the first certified green bonds out of China, India, the Middle East, and Canada, and the first sovereign green bonds from Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Instruments listed on the Sustainability Bond Market (SBM) of LSE are from 23 jurisdictions (including the UK), traded in 17 currencies.

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

 

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Green equities

• 99 equity issuers hold the LSE Green Economy Mark

• Combined market capitalisation of £140+bn

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Sustainability-related bonds listed in LSE

• 250+ active bonds on the SBM raising £52.4bn at the end of 2020

• 43 bonds raising £13.5bn in 2020, attracted 11 debut issuers including United Mexican States, Qatar National Bank and Northern Powergrid

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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

• 138 ESG ETFs listed with close to £100bn AuM at the end of 2020

• ESG ETF listings represent almost half of new ETF listings in 2020, a significant growth from 18% in 2019

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.

Green Horizon Perspectives

Discover our new series of live, digital magazine shows focusing on accelerating the mobilisation of green finance.

Discover our new series of live, digital magazine shows focusing on accelerating the mobilisation of green finance.

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 accelerate the development of a green global financial system. For example, the Bank of England is a founding member of the Central Bank’s and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS).

The UK’s contribution to shaping the global green financial system will be reinforced through its G7 presidency and hosting the COP26 conference. The UK will continue to lead the discussions on key sustainable finance topics, including global regulatory coherence, development of international taxonomies on climate and sustainability, guiding investment flows towards sustainable assets and mobilising climate finance into emerging markets. 

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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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