The Launch of the Market Report and Legal & Regulatory Study

International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence

The Launch of the Market Report and Legal & Regulatory Study

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Sustainable Finance Legal and Regulatory Study:

Legal and regulatory requirements are crucial for sustainable finance as they establish clear standards and criteria, ensuring transparency and accountability while mitigating ESG risks. They prevent greenwashing, align financial practices with global sustainability goals, and promote long-term value creation. By providing a stable framework, these regulations attract investors, encourage sustainable investment practices, and spur innovation within the financial sector. Ultimately, they help integrate sustainability into the core of financial decision-making, fostering a more resilient and responsible financial system. The International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence (“ISFCOE”), with the support of Skillnet Ireland, commissioned the Sustainable Finance Legal and Regulatory Study. The report is authored by Matheson LLP. The content of this study informs the update of Ireland’s Sustainable Finance Roadmap and assesses and present progress from the report, “Ireland as a Global Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Finance – Legal and Regulatory Report” commissioned in 2021.

The legal and regulatory framework for sustainable finance is evolving rapidly, requiring stakeholders to adapt quickly to new rules. Understanding the overall legal and regulatory context and the challenges faced by market participants is crucial to maintaining Ireland’s position as a center of excellence for sustainable finance. This report provides an overview of the global legal and regulatory landscape, updates on European and Irish developments since the 2021 Report, and outlines pending and potential future developments in sustainable finance. It further examines the opportunities and challenges for Ireland and concludes by highlighting progress made on the 2021 recommendations, identifying next steps, and detailing further implementation efforts to enhance Ireland’s leadership in sustainable finance.

Sustainable Finance Market Study 2024:

In the years following the publication of Ireland’s sustainable finance roadmap in 2021, the ESG and sustainable finance agendas have continued to evolve at pace, driven by regulatory mandates, consumer preferences, and growing awareness across policymakers and broader society. In March of 2023, the International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence (ISFCOE) released its first-of-its-kind Sustainable Finance Market Study. It told the story of National progress, an engaged Financial Services Sector, and a transition journey. This report presented a high-level snapshot of where the various financial subsectors are, under six thematic areas: Market Growth, Impact, Risk Frameworks Disclosures, Net Zero, and Challenges and Opportunities.

Fast forward to 2024, and ISFCOE with the support of Skillnet Ireland, authored by KPMG Sustainable Futures, Ireland, is presenting the Sustainable Finance Market Study 2024. In this report, we take stock of the state of play for sustainable finance within an Irish market context, reflecting on progress to date, current challenges, and potential future direction, leveraging a sector-wide survey and other research. Alongside this report, a new dashboard will be launched of key industry metrics allowing data-driven tracking of progress against objectives and targets. This market study will provide a comprehensive overview of how the Irish sustainable finance market continues to embrace sustainability themes. On top of that, it will offer insights into recent regulatory developments, the ESG integration into the sustainable investment approach, and the key emerging topics in the sustainable investment market, and the study will share cover emerging themes such as biodiversity, gender lens investing, and net zero alliances and commitments. The report and dashboard are developed in line with a common set of indicators that were validated and supplemented through survey and discussions with expert stakeholders.

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10-07-2024 @ 09:00 AM to
10-07-2024 @ 11:00 AM



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