By Markus Wacket and Christian Kraemer
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government is planning a new green financing strategy to steer capital towards environmental projects and developing Germany into a leading hub for sustainable finance, plans seen by Reuters show.
The so-called Sustainable Finance Strategy plan lists 26 individual measures and is due to be adopted by the cabinet on Wednesday with a view to mobilising investment for climate protection projects.
“The federal government wants to develop Germany into a leading location for sustainable finance,” states the plan, which is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The plan aims to support the European Union becoming carbon neutral by 2050 – a target the European Commission estimates will require 350 billion euros to be invested annually.
The plan also responds to investors demanding more companies complying with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.
To assist investors, the German plan envisages a sustainability “traffic light” system that makes it easier to identify green investment...read more...