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Shadow banking as part of the maximising finance for development agenda
November 2018: Following their annual meeting in October, the IMF and WBG propose to use shadow banking to close the finance gap for sustainable development. There is a strong resistance towards this shift across the financial sector due to shadow banks being less regulated.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2018
Climate change as financial risk
November 2018: The Bank of England found that only 10 per cent of UK banks actively assess climate risk and recommends that Boards task senior executives with managing climate risk. This shift could introduce climate risk stress tests for banks and hold senior managers accountable.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2018
Consumer driven de-growth
March 2020: Consumer driven ‘de-growth’ may incentivise large scale shifts in social values and production or consumption patterns. These shifts could lead to less resource intense and localised production patterns or integrating services into core business such as repair services. If economies were to embrace zero or negative GDP growth, it could potentially offer competitive advantage for businesses that are able to adapt.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2020
Financial disclosure of meat
April 2020: Most meat companies have limited disclosure of climate-related risks and show limited progress in developing climate risk mitigation or adaptation strategies. A new analysis tool for the meat industry aims to support the financial disclosure of climate risks and opportunities for meat companies in a 2oC warming scenario.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2020
Germany to exit coal by 2038
February 2019: Germany announced its plans to phase out coal by 2038, to invest €40bn in structural aid over the next 20 years, and to compensate businesses for closing down coal plants. Transforming Germany’s energy system towards natural gas and renewable energies impacts north-western Europe’s ability to reach its Paris climate change goals.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Austerity and the Green City Initiative in Oldham
February 2019: Initiatives such as the Green City Region Initiative in Greater Manchester are demonstrating that sustainable development plans can support the transformation of deprived regions. They aim to develop an integrated approach that simultaneously combats economic, social, and environmental challenges at the local level.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Sustainability of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
May 2019: Public concerns from the head of the IMF about the environmental and debt sustainability of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are coinciding with new evidence that many BRI projects could pose significant risks for unprotected key biodiversity areas. It suggests that the BRI’s loan governance and environmental planning requires intensive restructuring and rethinking.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019
Sustainability reporting
April 2019: An increasing number of investors is consulting ESG data before making investment decisions. However, a lack of standardisation in reporting systems and the lack of an accreditation system for sustainability assurance professionals challenges comparability between companies.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2019
Infrastructure investments
September 2019: The emergence and rise of new multilateral development banks is increasingly shaping how large infrastructure projects are financed. New evidence calls for collaborative guidelines and standardised lending approaches to promote the design of climate resilient infrastructure projects.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / September 2019
Economy of environmental clean-ups
January 2019: A retrospective study analyses the Boston Harbour clean-up and shows that environmental clean-ups are economically viable. It gives insights into the profitability of a completed environmental restoration project and concludes that clean-ups can lead to significant increases of private investment and economic growth in coastal areas or along urban waterfronts.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2019