23.04.2021

BNP Paribas joins the Net-Zero Banking Alliance launched by the UNEP

  • In line with its commitments to fight climate change, BNP Paribas has joined the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
  • This banking alliance is a decisive step in the mobilisation of the financial sector for climate. It is part of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero chaired by Mark Carney ahead of COP26.

BNP Paribas has included the pursuit of positive environmental impacts in its ‘company purpose’ and intends to make sustainable finance a major driver of its next strategic plan. The Group is convinced that achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement requires the mobilisation of the entire financial system.

In particular, since the signature of the Paris agreement in 2015, the Group has joined:

  • UNEP’s Collective Commitment to Climate Action in 2019, a group of banks working concretely to align their credit portfolio with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
  • the Financial Services Task Force of the Sustainable Market Initiative created by the Prince of Wales in February 2021, which brings together some of the largest US, UK and European banks determined to accelerate the transformation of their financing model to achieve the transition to a decarbonized economy.

These banks finance a significant portion of economic activity and can therefore, through their credit and investment decisions, stimulate and support the transformation of companies.

The NZBA is hosted by the Collective Commitment to Climate Action and has been built in partnership with the Financial Services Task Force, which has naturally led BNP Paribas to join this alliance.

NZBA members commit to:

  • Align greenhouse gas emissions arising from their credit and investment for own account activities with the path required to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 (temperature increase limited to 1.5° C);
  • Build on credible transition scenarios published by recognized bodies (IPCC, IEA);
  • Focus on the most greenhouse gas emitting sectors and playing a key role in the transition to a carbon neutral economy;
  • Set interim targets, no later than 2030;
  • Annually publish their progress and the associated action plans.

BNP Paribas’ accession to the NZBA is in line with its commitment made in the wake of COP21 in 2015 to align its credit portfolio with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

‘The signing of a common net zero carbon commitment, with intermediate targets, is a decisive step in the financial sector’s mobilisation in the defense of our climate. It sends a strong signal to all stakeholders, and provides a methodological basis for action, as well as a cultural lever for the environmental transition of banks and their customers. Since COP 21 in December 2015, BNP Paribas has committed to gradually aligning its credit portfolio with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. We began by disengaging from the most polluting activities like shale gas or coal and setting ourselves very ambitious targets for supporting green technologies. We are now mobilised to meet the broader challenge of systematically encouraging and supporting transformation for all our clients across all sectors of activity and in projects that are already underway. To do so, we are thoroughly evolving our processes, products and services, decision criteria and skills.‘
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas

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