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Sustainable finance

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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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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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Sustainable finance

Sustainable finance outlook for 2024: It’s all about transition

"Transition finance" has gone from being a bullet point in a list of key themes to being the overarching theme in sustainable finance, says Nordea Sustainable Finance Advisory's Jacob Michaelsen. He explains why and shares the main topics on the agenda in 2024.

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Corporate insights

Nordic cleantech: Light at the end of the tunnel

After several difficult years, the Nordic cleantech sector looks set for a comeback. Some of the past headwinds are receding and may even turn into tailwinds, according to a new report from Nordea’s ESG Research team.

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Sustainability

Electricity grids: The backbone and bottleneck for the green transition

The green transition will not happen without a radical overhaul of the electricity grid. This urgent need opens up significant opportunities for companies and investors exposed to the theme, particularly in the Nordics. That’s according to a new in-depth report from Nordea’s ESG Research team.

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Sustainable finance

Sustainable finance markets: Record highs so far in 2023

With the latest quarterly data now in, the Nordic bond market looks set to continue its unbroken trend of sustainable volume growth for another year. Supported by record H1 sustainable volume, the slightly reduced Q3 figures were enough to take Nordic sustainable bond supply to a new year-to-Q3 high.

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Sustainable finance

Nordea sustainability expert: ‘We have to make sure everyone is with us’

Meet Catrine Birkevold Liem, Nordea Sustainable Finance Advisory’s new country lead for Norway. She reflects on banks’ role in enabling a real sustainable transition, as well as challenges, trends and game changers in the field.

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Sustainable finance

What are green bonds?

Green bonds are bonds where the money from the bonds are earmarked for green purposes such as financing renewable energy projects, electric vehicles or energy efficient building loans to consumers or businesses.

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Sustainable finance

EU Green Bond Standard – Slowly getting there

EU lawmakers have approved the final version of the European Green Bond Standard, the first-of-its-kind voluntary standard linked to the EU Taxonomy. We look at some of the challenges with the new regulation and how to overcome them.

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Sustainable finance

'Blue bonds': New ICMA guidance aims to bolster credibility and activity

Blue bonds offer a financial mechanism to address pressing challenges relating to marine conservation and sustainable resource management. Practitioner’s guidance recently published by ICMA aims to support issuers, investors and underwriters interested in “blue” formats in order to catalyse investment in the sustainable marine economy.

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Sustainable finance

A maturing Nordic sustainable bond market: lessons learned and expectations for the future

Sustainable bonds further solidified their position as a legitimate part of the global bond market during 2023. While we are seeing greater alignment in sustainable bond practices across regions, there is much to be learned from the Nordic market in particular.

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