Sustainable finance

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Sustainable finance

Nordic companies’ EU Taxonomy alignment on the rise

Nordic companies have reported their EU Taxonomy numbers for 2023, and Nordea's ESG Research team has analysed the results. While average revenue alignment for companies increased from 7.5% to 8.0%, we still see upside potential for several sectors.

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Sustainability

Companies report on four new EU Taxonomy objectives: water, pollution, biodiversity and circularity

EU companies recently reported their alignment with the EU Taxonomy for the second year in a row. For the first time, they also reported their eligibility under four new environmental objectives: water, pollution, biodiversity and circularity. The results bode well for companies' overall Taxonomy alignment numbers next year, according to Nordea's ESG Research team.

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Sustainable finance

Signs of slowdown in the Nordic sustainable bond market

Despite record volumes in 2023, early indicators hint at a slowdown in the growth of the Nordic sustainable bond market. For the first time since 2020, 2024 Q1 volume shows contraction both year-on-year and relative to the previous quarter.

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Sustainable finance

Sustainability-linked bonds in sovereign financing: A new frontier

While sovereigns were latecomers to the sustainable bond market, the share of sovereign issuance is growing. Will the sustainability-linked bond format be able to gain a foothold in the growing sovereign sustainable debt market? Nordea’s Sustainable Finance Advisory team takes a closer look.

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Sustainable finance

Financed emissions: A key lever in the net-zero transition

Financed emissions are the emissions produced by the companies Nordea invests in and lends money to. Find out how we as a bank are working to reduce financed emissions in our lending portfolio.

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Sustainability

Nordic SMEs are looking for support to capture business opportunities in the sustainability transition

Many small and medium-sized companies are now seeing the sustainability transition as an opportunity for growth and a must to meet the demands from customers and other partners in their value chain. This is one of the conclusions in a new survey from Nordea.

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Sustainable finance

Supporting Pandora’s sustainability journey

Sustainability is a strategic priority for the world’s largest jewellery brand, Pandora. The company aims to lead the way by becoming a low-carbon, circular, inclusive and fair business.

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Sustainable banking

Nordea continues good progress towards its emission reduction targets

Nordea continues to show strong progress in reducing emissions from its lending and investment portfolios. Notably, the absolute emissions from the lending portfolio are down by as much as 29% compared with 2019.

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Sustainable finance

Nordea named world’s best bank for sustainability-linked bonds

Global Finance has once again recognised Nordea’s sustainability leadership in its annual Sustainable Finance Awards for 2024 – this time at the global, regional and Nordic country levels.

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Sustainability

A new dawn for nuclear energy

Over the past few years, interest in nuclear energy has made a comeback, with its inclusion in the EU Taxonomy and a COP28 pledge to triple nuclear capacity. In a new report, Nordea’s ESG Research team examines this renewed interest.

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Sustainability

Wallenstam: Energy retrofit – boosting operating margins and the climate

Real estate company Wallenstam is something of a sustainability pioneer. Already in 2013 the company became self-sufficient in electricity and today it increasingly focuses on energy optimisation.

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Sustainable finance

Nordic sustainable bond market hits all-time high in 2023

2023 was another banner year for the Nordic sustainable bond market, with over USD 60 billion in sustainable issuance for the year and record volumes in three quarters.

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