London, 3 November 2021
Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of mandatory transition plans, as well as a commitment of $130tn in private capital towards net zero from GFANZ on Wednesday, David Barmes, senior economist at Positive Money, said:
“Mandatory transition plans for financial institutions are a step in the right direction and must be implemented urgently, with strict milestones on phasing out financing for fossil fuels and deforestation.
“While it’s positive to see financial institutions scaling up their ‘green’ finance commitments, this announcement says nothing of the billions they’re still pouring into environmentally harmful projects.
“The green transition is too important to be left to private finance. We need public institutions rather than bank CEOs to lead the way in setting standards and delivering green investment. The public investment announced by the UK government so far is nowhere near enough to meet their climate targets, and we will need huge increases to ensure a green transition that is both timely and fair.”
The Chancellor announced £30bn of public investment over three years towards meeting net zero in the Budget last week, which is far below the more than £30bn a year economists say is necessary to meet the government’s net zero target: https://docs.google.com/
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