This week in ESG news: The European Commission unveils its €800 billion (!!!) offshore wind strategy; Deutsche Börse acquires governance and ESG company ISS; Dow Jones Sustainability Index announces annual additions and deletions; new reporting standard released for financials to measure GHG impact of loans and investments; UK releases Green Industrial Revolution plan; MSCI addresses materiality in ESG ratings; Canada aims for net zero 2050; the sustainable bond market accelerates – again, and more.

See below for the highlights of the past week, and get all your ESG news at ESG Today:

Sustainability Goals, Initiatives and Achievements

Henkel and Signify Sign on to Climate Pledge

New VPPAs Bring Novartis to 100% Renewable Electricity in Europe

Government, Regulators and Politics

Canada Aims for Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

PM Johnson Unveils Plan for Green Industrial Revolution; UK to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars by 2030

Sustainable Finance

Moody’s Raises Forecast for Sustainable Bond Issuance Again, Now Sees $425B in 2020

EQT Adds ESG-linked SCF to Sustainable Finance Toolset, Promoting Portfolio Sustainability

NRG Energy Launches Notes Offerings Including Sustainability-Linked Bonds


Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2020 Review Results Announced

Record Inflows Into ESG ETFs Continued Through October: Lyxor ETF

Reporting and Disclosure

PCAF Launches Global GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Financial Industry

Investors Urge European Companies to Disclose Financial Impact of Global Climate Action

Energy Transition

European Commission Presents Massive €800 Billion Offshore Wind Strategy

SSE Publishes Just Transition Plan, Aims to Triple Renewable Energy Generation

ESG Services and Tools

Morningstar Integrates ESG Research into Analysis of Stocks, Funds, and Asset Managers

MSCI Launches ESG Materiality Map, Providing Transparency into ESG Ratings

RepRisk and Apex Group Partner to Provide ESG Risk Data to Private Markets

IHS Markit Launches Sovereign ESG Dataset For Country Level Risk and Opportunity Assessment

Funds and Investors

Climate Action 100+ Adds GHG Emitters to Focus List for Investor Engagement

DWS Commits to Climate Neutrality, Highlights ESG Progress at AGM

Lombard Odier Launches Natural Capital-focused Investment Strategy

Exec Appointments

State Street Appoints Global CIO Rick Lacaille to Newly Created Role Leading Company’s ESG Initiatives

Moody’s Appoints Emilie Mazzacurati as Global Head of Climate Solutions


Deutsche Börse Acquires Corporate Governance & ESG Solutions Provider ISS in $1.8 Billion Deal

Reports, Studies, Surveys

Edelman Study: Investors to Refocus on ESG Post COVID-19, Apply Premium to Sustainability Leaders