Press release: ESMA responds to EC consultation on update of reporting guidelines to reflect climate-related disclosures test

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to update the non-binding Guidelines on non-financial reporting with the introduction of a specific supplement addressing climate-related disclosures. ESMA takes the opportunity to make some recommendations on how the Guidelines can be further developed to promote higher quality disclosures.

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Press release: Mark Carney – A New Horizon

Speech by Mr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, at the European Commission Conference “A global approach to sustainable finance”, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

Event: Sustainability in practice – ratings, research and proprietary models (Brussels, 28 March 2019)

Topics discussed at the event include: What drives the take-up of ESG analytics, scoring and research? What type of approaches are being used by CRAs and SRPs across asset classes, corporates and investors? Is there a difference between active and passive asset management strategies? What actions should regulators and supervisors pursue in order to ensure the robustness of ESG assessments? Would a more prescriptive approach stifle innovation? How to enable the market research on SMEs, and avoid their under-representation in retail/institutional investment portfolios?

UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Press release: ‘Climate action is essential’

Speech delivered by, Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, at the High-Level Conference on Sustainable Financing, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

Agenda: Commission expert group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) (1-12 April 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (26 March 2019)

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At a Glance: A framework to facilitate sustainable investment

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Speech: Remarks by Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the High-level conference – A global approach to sustainable finance

“Last Friday, more than 1.4 million young people in 120 countries around the world took part in a record-breaking event. It was the first ever global school strike for the climate, and it sent a powerful message: climate change is a global threat, and we urgently need to work together to stop it.”

Press release: Sustainable Finance – High-Level Conference takes global cooperation on sustainable finance to the next stage

The European Commission is today hosting a high-level conference on a global approach to sustainable finance.

Mission Reports: EP ENVI Committee

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Updated – Report: EP ECON Committee on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks

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Updated – Report: EP ENVI/ECON Committee on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment

Update: An erratum and amendments prior to the vote in Plenary have been published.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks and amending Directive (EU) 2016/2341

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UPDATED – Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on adapting energy efficiency and Governance of the Energy Union legislation by reason of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

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Press Release: Energy Union – €750 million in EU funding made available for clean energy infrastructure

Today the Commission is releasing €750 million of funding for key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. Supporting the construction of necessary infrastructure, contributes to the Commission’s energy policy priorities of improving energy security, whilst giving consumers more choice, and spurring economic growth and jobs. These interconnections are also essential for renewable energy sources to thrive and make Europe world number one in renewable energy.

OPP Meeting Summary: General Affairs Council – Debate on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 (19 March 2019)

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Agenda: EP ECON Committee (21 March 2019)

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Press Release: A climate neutral economy will give the European renewable energy industry a global competitive advantage

The second High-level meeting of the renewables section of the EU Clean Energy Industrial Forum took place in Brussels on 18th March at the European Commission headquarters building, the Berlaymont. Opened by Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, it was attended by a group of 22 CEOs, industry leaders, and representatives from international organisations.

Speech by Commissioner Arias Cañete at the Clean Energy Industrial Forum on Renewables

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (20-21 March 2019)

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