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PENGUIN PERSPECTIVES BLOG

Penguin Perspectives Blog

This is where we cherry pick the latest news and views on climate change and how its effects are already making waves in our economies, societies and daily lives. Tune into the fresh perspectives and opinions from both our own experts and other great movers and shakers on the climate scene and read uplifting stories from our climate protection projects across the world. Have an idea or topic you'd like to learn more about? Get in touch - our experts will have it covered!

City Finance Lab South Pole

The City Finance Lab calls on urban leaders to help build back better

Juliette Baralon Daniel Tapia Haro
Harnessing Australia’s potential to become the world’s carbon farm

Harnessing Australia’s potential to become the world’s carbon farm

Jeffrey Castellas

Jeffrey Castellas, South Pole’s Sourcing Manager, talks through the opportunities in the Australian market to unlock nature-based carbon projects at scale.

"Carbon will become one of the largest commodities in the world"- An interview with Dirk Muench, our new Director of Climate Funds & Ventures

"Carbon will become one of the largest commodities in the world"- An interview with Dirk Muench, our new Director of Climate Funds & Ventures

Elliott Bourgeault

Dirk Münch, a former investment banker and until recently CEO of Persistent Energy, has just joined South Pole as Director of Impact Funds & Ventures. We asked him about his motivation to join South Pole and where more action for climate investments is needed.

FSD Kenya

How can Kenya continue to lead the way on green finance in Africa?

Aymeric Reymond, Charlie Brunel-Lister

In many ways, Kenya is leading the way on green finance in Africa. In the past decade, the country has managed to decouple its fastly growing GDP and population from its GHG emissions. Now, Kenya is one of the only six countries worldwide with a greenhouse gas emission trajectory aligned with 2ºC or below, together with Ethiopia and Morocco.

Decarbonisation

Decarbonising investment portfolios on the journey to Net Zero

Matt Sprague

Recent research has highlighted the scale of the financed emissions challenge and the need for financial institutions to use their investment influence to drive decarbonisation efforts. Matt Sprague, Associate Director for Climate Strategies (Australia), explains the climate journey for financial institutions to understand and tackle their scope 3 emissions.

The Green Deal series: Part 3 – Investing in biodiversity is a green business opportunity

The Green Deal series: Part 3 – Investing in biodiversity is a green business opportunity

Víctor Giraldo, Liliana Martínez, Katrin Heeren

South Pole ensures environmental, social and financial sustainability for biodiversity conservation projects in a territory, working in partnership with local communities, adding value to operations and investments, and promoting/ implementing Nature Based Solutions .

MPower, D-RECs, and South Pole — how a new approach to renewable energy is having impact around the world

MPower, D-RECs, and South Pole — how a new approach to renewable energy is having impact around the world

Elliott Bourgeault

MPower rolls out innovative solar solutions across sub-saharan Africa, which will now also include the generation of D-RECs for companies seeking to boost their renewable energy commitments.

CIFI: the road to 1.5ºC

CIFI: the road to 1.5ºC

Charlie Brunel-Lister, Andres Casallas

We live in paradoxical times. On the one hand, many financial institutions are ramping up their sustainability work while at the same time maintaining - or even increasing - investments in the fossil fuel sector. Some even use their sustainability claims to divert attention from their nefarious actions. 

Removing and re-using CO2 in a climate-smart way requires close collaboration

Removing and re-using CO2 in a climate-smart way requires close collaboration

Carmen Álvarez Campo, Joseph Dutton

CCUS is an essential tool to meet climate goals, but the complex systems surrounding it require strong collaboration across sectors to reach its potential.

Technological carbon removals: What is it and are we missing a big opportunity to drive climate action in Europe?

Technological carbon removals: What is it and are we missing a big opportunity to drive climate action in Europe?

Carmen Álvarez Campo, Joseph Dutton

Permanent carbon removals will play a vital role in the ‘race to zero.’ But efforts to scale up technological carbon dioxide removals are facing systemic challenges. How can policymakers help scale carbon removal activities within and beyond Europe?

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Betting on biodiversity: how financial institutions can invest in the irreplaceable power of nature

Rebecca Self

A year ago, at the launch of COP26's Private Finance Agenda, David Attenborough called on the finance sector to take the lead on climate action and nature protection. He has since laid out the shocking reduction in wilderness between the 1930s to today in his 2020 Netflix documentary. In parallel, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the link between biodiversity and financial risk ever more clear.

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