Banks bet the bank on $29 Trillion green & climate investment ‘opportunities’

  • Date: 11/11/20
  • South china Morning Post

Hong Kong Central Bank joins new alliance on green financing as US$29 Trillion in ‘opportunities’ for banks is expected over next decade.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is teaming up with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help commercial banks address climate change, as it seeks to cement the city’s place as a hub for green financing as US$29 trillion in green and climate investment opportunities are expected globally over the next decade.

The HKMA, Hong Kong’s de facto central bank, is a founding member and first regional anchor of the new Alliance for Green Commercial Banks, an initiative the IFC hopes will bring together financial institutions, research groups and technology providers to tackle the climate crisis.

The initiative is designed to help lenders address their own knowledge gaps in green financing and tap unmet needs for sustainable and climate-focused financing, the HKMA said at a press conference and signing ceremony on Monday.

“This is a tremendous business opportunity, given so much investment is needed,” said Edmond Lau, the HKMA’s senior executive director overseeing external affairs, financial infrastructure and research.

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