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General Content / 10 May 2022

EU taxonomy regulation: Update of the European Sustainable Finance framework

Since 2020, the European Commission, supported by the Platform and the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance, has been developing the regulatory framework to direct investments towards sustainable activities with a classification system to evaluate homogeneously the climate and environmental performance of economic activities, known as the EU taxonomy. Key regulations are entering into force in 2022. This analyst note provides an overview of the current regulatory and technical framework of sustainable finance.

Natural Gas

General Content / 18 April 2022

EU reliance on Russian gas

Europe is reliant on natural gas imported from Russia, and this dependence has become politically unacceptable for EU governments after Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The European Commission (EC) is developing a plan to reduce the need for Russian gas in the region and control the skyrocketing energy prices in the short-term. These circumstances present an opportunity to accelerate the transition to Net Zero, but challenges remain.


General Content / 23 March 2022

Latest on NDCs - Summary of recent data published by UNFCCC

The Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change, was adopted by 196 Parties at Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, December 2015 and entered into force in November 2016. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) comprise a core part of this agreement that are used by many countries to announce their climate pledges, especially pre- and post-COP 26, which was recently held in Glasgow at the end of 2021.