All articles by Polly Bindman

Polly Bindman

Polly Bindman is a data journalist and sustainable finance reporter based in London. She has worked for Capital Monitor and the New Statesman.

How to mobilise private finance for climate adaptation

Private finance investment in climate adaptation is sorely needed. However, it is vital that adaptation needs are treated as a collective problem to solve, rather than an opportunity to exploit.

“There is politics, and there is business; the reality is ESG is good business” – UNEP FI’s Eric Usher 

Energy Monitor talks to Eric Usher, head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), about the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and the next steps for financial institutions transitioning to net zero.

“17 hours” to save climate conference as UAE publishes new COP28 outcome

Latest draft of COP28 Global Stocktake dubbed “incoherent and dangerous” as language on fossil fuel phaseout is removed.

COP28 presidency hails “historic” victory as nations agree Loss and Damage Fund on day one

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber hails the agreement as “historic”, as it is the first time a decision has been adopted on day one of any COP.

Leading with an invisible hand: what role will private finance play at COP28?

Energy Monitor walks you through what role private finance can be expected to play at COP28.

Shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic: is ESG a redundant concept?

Institutions across the globe have welcomed the ISSB’s much-anticipated inaugural global sustainability standards. However, some industry experts warn that too much focus on standardising data could distract from the urgent need to decarbonise.

Why climate stress tests are not fit for purpose

Scenarios used by central banks to conduct climate-risk stress tests have been criticised as not fit for purpose because they fail to account for severe economic shocks caused by climate “tipping points”.

Will antitrust concerns be the death knell for insurers’ net-zero commitments?

Insurers with climate commitments have found themselves at the centre of a heavily politicised debate over whether coordinated climate action contravenes antitrust laws, leading three major insurers to exit the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance this week.

Why ESG funds are full of fossil fuels (but that’s okay) 

Polly Bindman notes that most US ESG funds contain exposure to fossil fuels. However, that might not be such a bad thing.

How climate denial became the anti-ESG movement 

Vanguard’s recent exit from the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative is more evidence that US Republicans’ anti-ESG movement is having a chilling effect on investors. However, just how far the reactionary movement could hinder the energy transition is unclear.