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Today the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) released the next steps of its climate plans as part of its Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) 2021 report. While there are some positive steps, overall RBC is falling behind in its efforts by failing to set 2030 targets for carbon-intensive sectors and by omitting the majority…

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Tough Questions About The CSA Transition Taxonomy

Soon the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) will release its work on what’s called a “transition taxonomy,” essentially a definition-setting exercise for what kind of projects should qualify for transition financing, a branch of “sustainable” financing. The stakes are high. Finance is under increasing pressure to move money away from activities causing the climate crisis and towards those…

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Mark Carney vs. the IEA: Will bankers accept the net-zero math on fossil fuels?

Canada’s banks are coming under increasing pressure for their fossil fuel financing, among the highest in the world. But recently they joined Mark Carney’s Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) – en masse – so that’s fixed, right? Well not exactly. Or at all, really. Leaked emails show that advisors to the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) of which NZBA…

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