The green peace coin: how green currencies can help address the polycrisis


By Aleksandar Simic, Rens van Tilburg and Frans van Gansbeke.

What do the wildfires in Texas and Canada, floods in Kenya and Brazil, debt crises in emerging economies and growing global unease with the dominant position of the US dollar have in common? It might just be their solution through monetary policy innovation. More specifically, a new reserve currency, backed by the global commons, could provide a way out of the present polycrisis of climate change-, biodiversity loss, and shifting geopolitical and financial tectonic plates.

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Aleksandar Simić


Coral reefs teeming with life as a model for cooperation, field building and impact


Sustainable Finance Lab and the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation invited John Fullerton, former Wall Street banker turned thought leader on regenerative economics, to meet a select group of Dutch academics and investment professionals. Fullerton applies systems science to economic thinking and has distilled his ideas of how to redesign our economy as a living system into 8 principles.

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Elisabeth Schön


SFL responds to EBA consultation on ESG risks and transition plans


On January 18th, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a public consultation on draft Guidelines on the management of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk. The Guidelines outline requirements for the identification, measurement, management, and monitoring of ESG risks by institutions and prudential transition plans to address the risks arising from the transition to a climate-neutral economy. Sustainable Finance Lab drafted a response to this consultation.

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Gaston Bronstering


New report: An African Perspective on IMF Special Drawing Rights Rechanneling Proposals


SFL launches a commissioned report on the use of SDRs on the African continent and the eligibility of different SDR rechanneling proposals. The report is written by two independent researchers from Zimbabwe, Tirivangani Mutazu & Adrian Chikowore. Based on several case studies, interviews with African civil society and policy makers, and a comprehensive study of the different ways in which SDRs can be rechanneled, they conclude:

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Sara Murawski


Roundtable on climate risk and supervision


Last month Sustainable Finance Lab and the New Economics Foundation organised a virtual roundtable discussion on climate risk and prudential supervision. The goal of the discussion was to identify next steps in supervising these risks in the banking sector. Representatives from multiple central banks, academics and NGOs were present at the roundtable and shared their ideas. 

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Elisabeth Schön


The dangerously optimistic global climate finance agenda


The current global climate finance agenda is insufficient to limit climate change. Especially expectations regarding the role that blended finance and domestic resource mobilization can play seem wildly optimistic.

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Sara Murawski