CPI releases report on China’s climate finance potential backed by the Beijing-based IFS

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), an analysis and advisory organization with deep expertise in climate finance and policy, announces the release of “The Potential for Scaling Climate Finance in China,” CPI’s first report offering detailed insights into China’s green and climate financing trends across sectors, instruments, and financial actors, as well as outlining potential challenges and opportunities for mobilizing finance to meet China’s climate goals. The report is endorsed by the team from the Beijing Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS), China’s independent proponent and think tank of green finance in the service of addressing climate change and sustainable development both within China and abroad.

As one of the world’s largest source of CO2 emissions, China’s climate action plays a vital role in whether the world can meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In recent years, China has continued to reaffirm its climate commitments. It recently announced at the UN General Assembly that it will aim to achieve peak CO2 emissions before 2030, and carbon neutrality before 2060.

To meet the goals for advancing a sustainable ecological society, as well as fulfill its commitments to the world, China’s green and climate finance needs to be mobilized at an unprecedented scale. As such, The Potential for Scaling Climate Finance in China offers detailed findings on context, landscape, barriers, and opportunities of China’s climate finance, as well as practical recommendations for improving quality and scaling up innovative climate finance in China. For example, mobilizing social capital will be critical to achieving these goals.

As a world-renowned organization specializing in climate finance, CPI has a long history developing practical guidance on environmental policy and financial regulation that drives economic growth while addressing climate change. Meanwhile, IFS is dedicated to convening leading international finance experts and policymakers in China and partner countries to promote green finance by conducting policy research, toolkit innovation, capacity building and international collaboration in the field of green finance. Sharing the common belief that developing new financial policies, infrastructures and instruments are central to building strong and sustainable economies for future generations.

Ma Jun, director of the Beijing Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS), said, “IFS focuses on conducting research and offering advice on developing strategy, policies, and implementation of green finance, to not only help China reach its climate and ecological goals, but to continue building momentum for its international role in green finance and sustainable development. As such, we collaborate with other global leading organizations to help achieve our goals, and CPI is one such international climate finance expert. Regarding the current landscape of China’s domestic climate finance, he commented, “led by the central bank’s initiative, China has undertaken significant steps for sustainable finance reform in the past years. With the 14th Five-Year Plan being released in 2021, China will raise climate ambitions and work hard to implement innovative green finance.”

China’s green financial reform has made great progress during the 13th Five-Year Plan with high-level political support, central bank leadership, green taxonomies, and substantial incentives. So far, China’s green financial reform has led to more than RMB 11.55 trillion (USD 1.8 trillion) in outstanding green loans, RMB 1.2 trillion (USD 190 billion) in green bonds, hundreds of established green funds, opportunities for green stock indices, and insurance. In total, an average USD 202 billion was deployed annually in climate-related investments and an additional USD 118 billion in other environmental sectors during the period 2017-2018.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the Institute of Finance and Sustainability,” said Thomas Heller, chairman of the board and senior strategic advisor of CPI. “In the context of taking China’s green financial reform to the next stage, we are pleased to present this report, which for the first time offers detailed insights into China’s green and climate financing trends across sectors and financial actors.”

The full report, The Potential for Scaling Climate Finance in China, can be downloaded from CPI’s website.


气候政策倡议委员会(CPI):扩大气候金融,中国需要创新方法

CPI发布由IFS赞助的中国气候金融潜力的研究报告

2月4日,气候政策倡议委员会(以下简称CPI)发布了名为《中国扩大气候金融的潜力》的研究报告。该报告由CPI与北京绿色金融与可持续发展研究院(以下简称IFS)共同完成,首次为中国各部门和融资主体就绿色和气候融资趋势提出详细见解和参考意见。CPI是一家在金融和政策方面具有深厚专业知识的分析咨询机构。IFS则是中国领先的绿色金融独立智库,致力于为改善全球环境和应对气候变化做出实质性贡献。

作为世界上最大的二氧化碳排放国之一,中国的气候行动将对全球能否实现《巴黎协定》中将升温限制在1.5℃ 以下的远大目标发挥决定性作用。近年来,中国继续重申其应对气候变化的承诺,并在最近的联合国大会上,宣布力争在2030年之前二氧化碳排放达到峰值,在2060年之前实现碳中和。

为实现生态型社会的目标和对全球气候的承诺,大规模调动气候和绿色金融成为中国近年来的迫切之需。《中国扩大气候金融的潜力》研究报告总结了中国气候金融改革的背景、现状、障碍和机遇,同时提出了提高气候金融质量、扩大创新型金融规模的适用建议,如调动社会资本对实现这些目标的重要性等。

作为一家全球知名的气候金融组织,CPI在环境政策、金融法规和能源转换等应对气候变化和促进经济增长的议题上有着丰富的经验。与此同时,IFS汇聚了来自中国和合作伙伴国家的领先国际金融专家和政策制定者,通过绿色金融领域的政策研究、工具创新、能力建设和国际合作,促进绿色金融发展,并在制定新的金融政策、工具、基础设施,为建设强大的可持续经上达成了共识。

IFS院长马骏表示:“北京绿色金融与可持续发展研究院致力于为中国和全球绿色金融与可持续发展提供政策、市场、产品研究以及国际合作。我们不仅要帮助中国实现气候和生态建设目标,还要继续推动中国在绿色金融和可持续发展领域发挥国际作用。因此,我们会与全球领先的组织机构合作,而CPI就是我们需要的国际气候金融领域专家。”谈及国内气候金融的现状,他说:“在央行的倡议下,中国在可持续金融领域的改革中取得了长足进展。今年即将发布的‘十四五’规划,也是中国提高气候目标,展示在该领域继续保持领导地位的重要机会。”

在“十三五”规划期间,通过高层政策支持、央行领导、绿色分类法、发展试点区及大量激励措施等,中国的绿色金融改革取得了重大进展。截止目前,中国绿色金融改革已带来超过11.55万亿元(1.8万亿美元)的绿色贷款余额、1.2万亿元(1,900 亿美元)的绿色债券、数百个绿色基金、绿色股票指数和绿色保险等产品。据统计,2017-2018年期间,全球平均每年用于气候相关投资的资金为2020亿美元,用于其他环境问题的资金为1180亿美元。

“我们很荣幸能够得到北京绿色金融与可持续发展研究院的肯定。”CPI主席和高级战略顾问托马斯·海勒(Thomas Heller)表示,“我们很高兴在中国的绿色金融改革进入下一阶段的重要时刻提交这份报告,这也是我们首次为中国各部门和融资主体就绿色和气候融资趋势提出详细见解和参考意见。”

《中国扩大气候金融的潜力》完整研究报告可于CPI官网下载。

关于CPI

CPI是一家在金融和政策方面具有深厚专业知识的分析咨询机构,旨在协助政府、企业和金融机构在应对气候变化的同时推动经济增长。CPI在巴西、印度、印度尼西亚、肯尼亚、英国和美国共设有六个办事处。

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