Green Finance at the Bundesbank

The effects of climate change are felt around the world. Extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and more severe in Germany, too. The Paris Agreement highlights the effects of climate change on the global financial system – and the importance of the global financial system to fight climate change. 

Against this backdrop, the Bundesbank, within the scope of its mandate, supports the transition towards a greener financial system. We analyse the impact of climate change and climate policy on the financial sector, as we consider climate-related risks as a source of financial risks. Our experts are engaged in national and international fora, such as the global Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), of which we are a founding member.

The following video provides a short introduction to the topic and shows what work is currently underway at the Bundesbank.

Weidmann: Central banks can and should do more about climate change than they have so far

Central banks need to factor climate-related financial risks into their risk management. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann argued at the press conference presenting the Bank’s 2019 annual accounts.

Financial Stability Review

For the first time, the Bundesbank has dedicated an entire chapter to climate-related risks. It is important that the financial system is resilient to uncertainties and risks surrounding climate change and climate policy.

The sustainable finance market – an overview

The European sustainable finance market is currently undergoing dynamic growth. Bundesbank experts believe that new transparency requirements, more information and clear definitions would give the market an additional boost and provide clarity for investors.

Euro20+

For the second time, the Bundesbank invited 250 motivated young people to come together and discuss key economic and social issues concerning the future of Europe and the euro area, all un-der the motto of “Your Europe. Your future.”.