Title: The EU Sustainability Taxonomy: a Financial Impact Assessment
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC118663
ISBN: 978-92-76-12991-2 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29970 EN
OP KJ-NA-29970-EN-N (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC118663
DOI: 10.2760/347810
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The European Commission set up a Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) to support the implementation of the Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. Among other tasks, the TEG was mandated to develop recommendations for technical screening criteria regarding economic activities that make a substantive contribution to climate change mitigation or adaptation, i.e. the so-called Taxonomy. This report carries out a financial impact assessment of the Taxonomy. To do so, we first provide an overview of available estimates of additional investment, which is needed to achieve the targets associated with the low-carbon transition under various scenarios, at the macroeconomic level. Then, we focus on the financial dimension. In particular, we use security-by-security data covering the whole European bond and equity markets to provide a picture of where European financial markets stand with respect to the low-carbon transition. In this respect, we also provide estimates of financial investments currently supporting Taxonomy-compliant activities. Finally, we estimate the additional financial investment needed to allow the EU to reach its targeted reduction in carbon emissions. We conclude that the increased financial investments towards relevant sectors appear to be within reach.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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