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Funding a greener world

December 2017

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. In 2016, global surface temperatures were the warmest since records began in 1880, at nearly 1˚C warmer than the average for the mid-20th century1. This rise in temperatures has led to sea levels rising at a rate of 3.4 millimetres a year2.

Individuals, businesses and governments generally recognise that they need to respond to the threat posed by climate change and support the transition to a lower-carbon world. Individuals are responding through their purchasing decisions and their commitment to recycling. Governments are responding through policies, targets and international cooperation.

Businesses must rise to the climate challenge for regulatory, reputational and commercial reasons. If they fail to address the climate issue effectively, they risk incurring reputational damage and losing the trust of customers and employees. From a commercial perspective, following a green agenda can be a good opportunity to reduce costs, encourage innovation and differentiate the organisation from its competitors.

Rising to the climate challenge

Our article discusses what strategies corporates are adopting to do business in a more environmentally friendly way and how ‘green finance’ can help you achieve your environmental goals.

Green Loans

Funding for a variety of green and energy-efficiency projects.

Innovation Finance

A term loan or revolving credit facility partly guaranteed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) enabling it to be offered, subject to availability and eligibility, to innovative companies.