This book offers a comprehensive discussion of how green finance has been growing thus far and explores the opportunities and key developments ahead, with particular emphasis on Europe. The main features of the market, the key products, the issue of correctly defining green finance, the main policy actions undertaken, the risk of green washing and the necessary steps to mainstream green finance are discussed in depth. In addition, the book analyses some highly relevant aspects of the market that so far have not been sufficiently explored in the policy, industry and academic debate. This includes the potential role of digitalisation and blockchain in fostering green finance, the crucial role of the effective financing of the agriculture to reach climate and environmental targets and the possible relationship between sustainable finance and other forms of "alternative" finance. This book will be of interest to academics, practitioners, financial institutions and policy makers involved in green finance and to the finance industry in general.
Marco Migliorelli is a researcher in finance at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France and an economist at the European Commission. He earned a PhD from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. His research interests include green finance, cooperative banking and financial instruments innovation.
Philippe Dessertine is a full professor of finance at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, the director of Institut de Haute Finance, Paris, France and a former member of the Haut Conseil des finances publiques in France. He is author of several publications on the role of finance in the modern society.
Part I. State of the Art.- 1. An Overview of Green Finance.- 2. Defining Green Finance: Existing Standards and Main Challenges.- 3. The Development of Green Finance by Sector.- 4. Sustainable Finance Management.- 5. Financial Performances of Green Securities.- 6. Institutional Initiatives to Foster Green Finance at EU Level.- Part II. The (Long) Way Forward and New Opportunities.- 7. From Transaction-based to Mainstream Green Finance.- 8. The Development of Green Finance in EU Agriculture: Main Obstacles and Possible Ways Forward.- 9. Fintech, Digitalization and Blockchain: Possible Applications for Green Finance.- 10. Sustainable Finance: A Common Ground for the Future in Europe?.- 11. Green Finance Today: Summary and Concluding Remarks.