Basel authorities caution of ‘unrealistic’ expectations for banks in green shift

Top financial and regulative authorities at the Basel, Switzerland Bank for International Settlements stressed the limitations of the monetary market’s capability to lower environment threat in a brand-new short article today, calling it “unrealistic” to presume that the monetary sector might drive the reallocation of resources required to shift to an international green economy “in the absence of adequate environmental policymaking in the real economy.”

Without a robust policy structure, “the green preferences of some in the financial sector would stimulate arbitrage forces or dubious, possibly even fraudulent practices by others, negating the benefits.” These practices might consist of “greenwashing”—the practice of misrepresenting the carbon emissions associated with tasks or activities in order to get less expensive funding, the short article kept in mind.

The authorities likewise cautioned about monetary stability threat connected with the shift to the low carbon economy. They kept in mind that that the green shift provides a two-sided threat to monetary stability, as organizations should handle both their direct exposures to misestimated “brown” possessions, which might decline throughout the shift, in addition to direct exposures to either misestimated “green” possessions, or to possessions that claim to be green, which the BIS authorities kept in mind might trigger “green bubbles.”

“The primary role of private financial markets is to reflect the underlying condition of the real economy,” the authors stated. “Thus, it would be unrealistic to expect them to induce the green transition unless the right signals come from the real economy. Unrealistic expectations can set the financial sector up for failure and derail the transition. As a key channel for the reallocation of resources, the financial sector has an essential supporting role to play and must avoid adding to transition risk.”


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