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Glenn Hall (GH): Prior to the launch of the Green Finance Strategy, the government had led various initiatives in the area of climate and environmental issues, notably the Climate Change Act 2008, Clean Growth Strategy, 25 Year Environmental Plan, and the National Adaptation Programme. In parallel, the UK has been contributing to the development of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan, which contains several legislative measures designed to promote the provision of finance to investment taking into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.
Rosa Mottershead (RM): We should all be aware of the threat of climate change. To meet this threat, governments globally need to pick up the pace of change, and direct investment towards cleaner, more resilient economic growth. This will involve the reallocation of significant amounts of capital towards green investment. The government recognises the significant commercial opportunity that the green finance sector presents for the UK financial sector and the Green Finance Strategy is a step towards realising this opportunity, as well as seeking to mitigate this threat.
GH: The government considers the Green Finance Strategy as integral to its plans to consolidate the UK’s position as a global leader in this area and capture commercial opportunities as this important sector continues to grow.
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