Green Finance Strategy

| July 8, 2019

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Building on the important work of the Green Finance Taskforce, this first Green Finance Strategy sets out how we will achieve this ambition and accelerate the growth of green finance, from greening the global financial system and catalysing the investment we need, to driving innovation in financial products and building skills across the financial sector. This Strategy is also a call for collective action, setting out how we will work with industry, regulators, academia and the newly launched Green Finance Institute to deliver the urgent and far reaching change that is needed for a greener, more sustainable and prosperous future. There is no doubt about the scale of the environmental challenge that we face. To tackle that challenge effectively and sustainably requires us to harness the delivery capacity of the market economy – and in particular to mobilise the enormous resources of our capital markets through Green Finance. This Strategy represents our commitment to taking the steps that will ensure that the UK’s Green Finance sector is turbo-charged to play a crucial role in protecting the future of our planet for generations to come.

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KBW invests in a diverse array of businesses from established businesses in the construction industry to promising technology start-ups which align with the changing needs of the region. The strategy is to invest in a diverse spectrum of companies operating with innovative ideas that, together, match the current and expected needs of a region. At the same time, KBW strives to infuse studied, positive risk for stakeholders and the region by investing in high-potential technology start-ups with the power to generate additional growth opportunities. The shareholders of KBW combine experience in various sectors of the economy, especially in the financial, real estate and industrial sectors. KBW stands for innovation in market positioning, but always keeping the pillars of value creation in favor of the stockholder.

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