Green Finance Week: In partnership with Switch It Green

Foreword from Dr. Paul Beers – Head of Sustainability

Green finance is the increase of financial flows from banking, micro-credit, insurance, and investment to give both a decent rate of return and an environmental benefit.

During Cop26 the UK Government committed to becoming the first net zero-aligned financial centre in the world. Sustainable (or Green) finance is a key part of the UK’s climate and environment goals.

In 2021, the UK’s Green Financing Programme was launched that issued green sovereign bonds and retail Green Savings Bonds for the first time. This raised £16.4 billion in its first year to fund projects in 6 areas:

  • Clean transportation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Pollution prevention and control
  • Living and natural resources
  • Climate change adaptation

These government bonds provide long term investment opportunities for pension funds to invest in projects that tackle climate change and fund the transition to a net zero economy.

This focus week will explain all things green finance and how you can adopt sustainable financial practices.


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Green Finance podcasts

Green Finance podcasts

There are a large range of podcasts out there for you to listen to, that cover a range of topics. We have put together a list of our top podcasts or podcast episodes, that will help you to understand Green Finance:Link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0017463 This episode...

The UK Green Taxonomy

The UK Green Taxonomy

What is the UK Green Taxonomy?The UK Government has set out a group of guidelines that indicate whether economic activity is sustainable or not. The taxonomy has been put in place to help companies to get in line with the targets set within the Paris Agreement. For an...

Green Pensions

Green Pensions

One of the biggest ways for you to help combat climate change is to move your pension to somewhere much more sustainable. Within the UK, pensions are worth £3 trillion, with a lot of this money being invested into projects, such as fossil fuel projects, by the banks...

Why is green banking important?

Why is green banking important?

The UK Government’s target of net zero by 2050 will have more of a chance of becoming a reality due to green banking. Green banking allows our money to create a future that is much more sustainable. Their investments into green and sustainable projects will help the...

What is Green Finance?

What is Green Finance?

Green Finance is where financial activities support the environment, which leads to better environmental outcomes. This includes the purchasing and the selling of eco-friendly products and services, buying or leasing an electric vehicle, making your home more...

Sophie Cowen

Sophie Cowen

OrganisationSwitchIt.green RolesFounder and Campaign Director Company descriptionSwitchIt.green is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in order to help people move their money out of institutions, including banks, that use their money to fund companies...

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