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Sustainable finance


Sustainable finance

In light of international landmark agreements, the EU has been gearing up efforts to deliver on its goal to transition to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient, sustainable economy. The financial sector has a critical role to play in this process and the EU wants to be at the forefront of efforts to build a financial system that supports sustainable growth.

To that end, the European Commission has developed a comprehensive Action Plan, including both legislative and non-legislative initiatives. Examples include new legislation on disclosures by fund managers and investors relating to sustainability risks and sustainable investments, and amendments to the AIFMD Delegated Acts to take better account of sustainability.

Over the coming five-year legislative term (2019-2024), sustainability is expected to remain a key priority for European institutions.

How does it affect private equity?

Given its business model focused on long-term and active ownership, private equity as an asset class is particularly well suited to integrating and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. As such, the industry can play a crucial role in helping the EU achieve its sustainability goals. However, regardless of the laudable aims of this ambitious EU work-stream, the outcome of measures may have a very broad (and sometimes disproportionate) impact, and affect a wide range of regulatory files of direct relevance for private equity managers and institutional investors.

One example is the ongoing taxonomy debate, which could determine whether or not an asset or investment qualifies as environmentally sustainable. The definition might become even more important if the decision is made at some future point to adjust the prudential capital requirements set out in EU law to incentivise institutional investors to invest sustainably. Such a move could have a major effect on private equity funds’ ability to raise capital from those investors.

Sustainable finance library

Publication,Positions & consultation responses

Invest Europe letter to the European Commission on SFDR RTS

23 Feb 2021
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SFDR - Member Policy Call Presentation

15 Feb 2021
Presentation on SFDR PDF 436.53 KB
Poll results PDF 111.85 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Response to EC Consultation on Sustainable Corporate Governance

08 Feb 2021
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Publication,Positions & consultation responses

Invest Europe letter to the European Commission on SFDR

04 Feb 2021
Download PDF 219.76 KB

Invest Europe Non-Paper on SFDR Known Unknowns

28 Jan 2021
Download PDF 191.45 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Response to ESAs Consultation on Article 8 Disclosure Templates (SFDR)

16 Oct 2020
Download PDF 528.13 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Response to ESAs consultation on ESG Disclosures

01 Sep 2020
Download PDF 612.32 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Response to the European Commission consultation on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy

15 Jul 2020
Download PDF 467.66 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Feedback on the draft Delegated Regulation on the integration of sustainability in MiFID

06 Jul 2020
Download PDF 269.51 KB
Positions & consultation responses

Feedback on the draft Delegated Regulation on the integration of sustainability in AIFMD

06 Jul 2020
Download PDF 274.41 KB
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