Credit Suisse cuts fossil fuel lending as part of £250bn green finance promise

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has unveiled plans to provide more than £250bn in financing geared towards green bonds and the low-carbon economy over the next decade, as well as pledging to limit financing to the oil and gas sector.

Credit Suisse cuts fossil fuel lending as part of £250bn green finance promise

Credit Suisse's previous sustainable finance mechanisms have been tailored towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Credit Suisse has confirmed that the £250bn sustainable financing will be issued over the next 10 years. Financing will predominantly target green bonds and low-carbon investments.

The company will also limit its spending in the oil and gas sector. As well as removing financing on offshore oil and gas initiatives located in the Arctic from future spending plans, the company will stop lending to any company that generates more than 25% of their revenue from fossil fuels, namely through thermal coal mining.

The bank is the latest to cut back lending to companies based on fossil fuel revenue, following similar announcements from the likes of BNP Paribas and the European Investment Bank.

Credit Suisse recently launched a consumer fund aimed at spurring progress towards the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Credit Suisse has said it will use the finance raised through the fund, called the Responsible Consumer Fund, to invest in businesses whose core purpose is to drive a “paradigm shift” towards more sustainable models of consumption and production.

In November, Credit Suisse partnered with The World Bank to issue a $28.6m (£22.2m) bond aimed at financing the protection and restoration of fresh and saltwater resources and habitats. All bonds issued by the World Bank are designed to support projects that deliver progress against one or more of the SDGs.

Projects due to benefit from its financing include those working to establish coastal and marine protected areas; those which improve waste management in ways which reduce pollution in waterways and oceans; those which promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and those working to implement strong environmental governance in coastal nations and regions.

In related news, multinational banking giant Citi has this week pledged to funnel $250bn (£192.5bn) into low-carbon solutions by the end of 2025, while Moody’s unveiled new Paris-Agreement-aligned climate targets.

American financial services major Moody’s Corporation has pledged to halve its direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) emissions by 2030, against a 2019 baseline, as part of new Paris-aligned climate targets.

It commits Citi to providing $250bn in loans and grants to activities in renewable energy, clean technology, nature conservation, green buildings, energy efficiency and low-carbon transport within a five year period – up from the $164bn (£126.3bn) provided for these sectors between 2014 and 2019.

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