Big banks, which have just had strong profit periods while COVID-19 closed much of the world, have expanded their pledged spending to sustainable and climate-friendly sectors.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
announced Thursday that it will spend $ 2.5 trillion over 10 years, beginning this year through the end of 2030. The company will use its capital and expertise to help clients, clients and communities address it to support these important problems.
Read more about the five-fold jump in earnings, which has seen the stock jump nearly 19% since the start of the year.
Meanwhile, Thursday said $ 1 trillion will be allocated to sustainable finance by 2030, extending the current environmental finance targets from $ 250 billion by 2025 to $ 500 billion by 2030.
Citi's earnings more than tripled in the most recent reporting period. The stock is up 17% in 2021.
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Banks have voiced criticism for continuing to fund growth in traditional energy sectors linked to global warming despite such green-centered commitments.
The legislature also reacts inconsistently to the proposed regulation of the financial sector, which calls for greater disclosure of climate-relevant risk, especially for investors, but which may limit lending to oil and gas interests.
JPMorgan said Thursday it aims to fund and enable more than $ 2.5 trillion over a 10-year period for "long-term solutions that address climate change and contribute to sustainable development."
This long-term goal is in line with the company's already promised funding strategy under the Paris Climate Pact and will help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by promoting measures that define a path to net zero emissions by 2050 . The company will provide an update and additional information on its Paris-focused strategy with the release of its annual ESG report this May.
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The new 10 year effort will complement the efforts of the J.P. Morgan Development Finance Institution to promote economic and social development in emerging markets.
"Climate change and inequality are two of the most critical issues of our time, and these new efforts will help create sustainable economic development that leads to a greener planet and critical investments in underserved communities," said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, and added that there is scope for business and the government to move the needle to slow man-made climate change.
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Citi said the $ 1 trillion pledge aligns with the ambitious agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and builds on previous initiatives.
The bank’s spending is earmarked for renewable energy and clean technology, water conservation and green buildings, and sustainable agriculture and land use – “which will further accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy that balances environmental, social and environmental needs Society, ”said the bank.
Citi announced in March its commitment to zero net emissions by 2050.
The new spending can also be used for investments outside of strict environmental efforts, including education, affordable housing, health care, economic inclusion, community funding, international development funding, racial and ethnic diversity, and gender equality.
Banks can commit to being better stewards of the planet through emissions cuts and other measures, but their money keeps the oil pumping for now.
A total of 60 of the world's largest commercial and investment banks invested a total of US $ 3.8 trillion in fossil fuels between 2016 and 2020, five years after the Paris Agreement was signed. This comes from a report published late last month entitled "Banking on Climate Chaos 2021".
The aim of the voluntary multinational Paris Pact is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and preferably to 1.5 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels. Beyond oil
and natural gas
Funding will continue to fund global coal projects.
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