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HSBC joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials

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HSBC has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) to help the bank measure and disclose its financed emissions as it works to achieve its net zero ambition.

PCAF is a collaboration between financial institutions worldwide to enable harmonised assessments and disclosures of greenhouse gas emissions financed by loans and investments. With more than 100 banks and investors from five continents, the group is rapidly expanding in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

In October 2020, the bank set out an ambitious climate strategy focused on aligning its provision of financing to net zero by 2050, or sooner, in line with the Paris Agreement goals. HSBC expects to provide between USD750 billion and USD1 trillion of finance and investment by 2030 to support its customers in the transition to net zero.
 
Earlier this month, HSBC set out the next phase of its climate strategy in a special resolution, to be tabled at this year’s Annual General Meeting. This proposes that the bank set out a strategy with short and medium term targets to align its provision of finance across all sectors to net zero, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The resolution also proposed a policy to phase out financing for coal-fired power and thermal coal mining by 2030 in OECD and EU markets, and 2040 globally, and to report annually on its progress.
 
Daniel Klier, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC, says: “When we set out our ambition to align our financed emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner, in line with the Paris Agreement goals, we committed to work in partnership with our peers to enable the financial system to collectively tackle climate change.
 
“Clear and consistent data and reporting are critical to enable banks like HSBC to set targets and track progress as they work towards ambitious net zero goals. We are therefore delighted to be joining PCAF to improve our ability to measure and disclose our financed emissions as we work to achieve our net zero ambition.”
 

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