Sustainability Solutions for the Finance Sector

Finance Competence Centre

Catalysing change

Being at the heart of global economic activity, the finance sector can play a pivotal role in leading the sustainability journey.

In the financial services industry, emissions are predominantly from Scope 3 activities, in particular related to investments and loans.
In 2020 the industry-led Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) developed the Global GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Financial Industry, an effective tool to quantify financed emissions.

According to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, emissions are categorised into three groups:

Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.
Scope 3: All other indirect emissions in a company’s value chain.

Our courses offer state-of-the-art solutions from experts across the industry

Course examples

ESG-based strategiesComprehensive ESG strategies enable institutions to be part of the rapid growth in sustainable finance.
Net-zero operationsSteps to effectively reduce emissions in your organisation’s operations, with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions.
accounting for the
financial industry
Introduction to greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting (Scope 1, 2, 3 according to GHG Protocol).
Key importance of GHG accounting and reporting for establishing climate action strategies and objectives.
Measuring financed emissions using the
PCAF standard
Learn how the PCAF standard enables you to account for Scope 3 emissions, with detailed guidance for different asset classes.
Carbon offsettingIntroduction to different types of offsetting programs. Identify the most effective projects to offset unavoidable emissions and achieve your net-zero goal.
The business case for (science-based) targetsGuidance for Financial Institutions on setting, implementing and reporting of emissions reduction targets.

Applied Sustainability


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