Sustainable finance is an EBF strategic priority and as such we aim to encourage:

  • The development of a coherent and enabling sustainable finance framework

  • A legislative environment which fosters the banking sector’s ability to support the transition of all actors of the real economy

  • The financial sector’s resilience to ESG risk

EBF Latest Position Papers on Sustainable Finance

EBF Position Papers per Topic


Proposed EU measures on  Climate Transition and Paris-aligned benchmarks to address the risk of greenwashing and improve


Relevant, reliable and comparable data are necessary not only to comply with the envisaged EU


Green Bonds and Green Covered Bonds may prove instrumental in mobilising the bond market for climate


A harmonised taxonomy is important to remove uncertainty, ensure comparability and allow competitive solutions


The objective of the EU ecolabel is to increase the trust of retail investors in investing in financial products pursuing sustainability objectives.

ESG Risk management

Sustainability-related financial risk will become integral part


Sustainability ratings and research


Green securitisations could be one


Principles for Responsible Banking

The EBF has been one of the first endorsers and keen promoters of the Principles for Responsible banking, giving their  potential to substantially accelerate the banking industry contribution to Paris objectives and SDGs. Learn more 

43 banks launch Net-Zero Banking Alliance as key part of consolidated Glasgow Cop Climate Action

The European Banking Federation (EBF) welcomes the global Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) convened by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) together with 43 banks. The launch unites existing and new net-zero finance initiatives into one sector-wide strategic forum: The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ). The newly found alliance will work to mobilise trillions of dollars necessary to deliver goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. The founding banks have committed to ensuring engagement with clients on their green transition and decarbonisation, promoting real economy transition in addition to withdrawal from lending to unsustainable economic activities. Learn more

Finance against human trafficking

EBF is collaborating with the Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) to raise awareness and mobilize our members against modern slavery and human trafficking. FAST has worked with a number of EBF members, including the Liechtenstein Bankers Association – one of its project partners – the Dutch Banking Association and the Swiss Bankers Association to help financial institutions access practical tools to use in this effort.

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EBF Sustainable Finance Reports, Articles and Podcasts

EBF Sustainable Finance Events

EBF sustainable finance team

Alexia Femia

Alexia Femia

Sustainable Finance Policy Advisor
Denisa Avermaete

Denisa Avermaete

Senior Advisor - Sustainable Finance