The Sustainable Economy

1st Edition

How Financial Services Can Respond and Benefit


  • Catherine Turner
  • Description

    The Sustainable Economy describes the current sustainability landscape for decision-makers in financial services. The first book of its kind, The Sustainable Economy devotes significant time to the guiding principles, applications, and trends of the green economy as the world confronts issues of fossil fuel dependence, pollution and climate change, poverty, resource scarcity, and more. It also reviews international and national laws, regulations, protocols, and good practice frameworks, arguing that the business and finance sectors should intensify their collaboration on the green economy, working with advocacy groups and movements such as Greenpeace and Oxfam. Finally, to explain compliance standards and methods, the book includes case studies and data from the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe.

    Key Features

    • Describes the interactions between advocacy groups and the financial services sector
    • Covers law and regulation of trans-national issues including carbon emission, reporting by public companies, and aviation and transport
    • Examines products and services in the new economy, including derivatives, carbon markets, and the financing of renewable energy projects

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 The sustainability agenda

    1.1 Scarce resources

    1.2 Fossil fuel dependence

    1.3 Environmental degradation

    1.4 Pollution

    1.5 Climate change

    1.6 Biodiversity

    1.7 Global poverty and how it’s interlinked with environmental matters

    Chapter 2. An introduction to Earth-friendly movements and their interactions with the financial services sector

    2.1 The Permaculture movement and similar (groups dealing with methods of agriculture)

    2.2 The Transition movement and the Ellen McArthur Foundation (groups dealing with the post-peak oil economy and localisation)

    2.3 Friends of the Earth, WW£F, Greenpeace and similar global groups (groups focussed on the climate change, Biodioversity and environmental degradation agendas)

    2.4 Oxfam and similar (groups focused on global poverty, social inequality and the links between these and environment).

    2.5 Resource management, including biodiversity valuation

    2.6 Developing thinking on pollution and cleanups

    2.7 Measuring and constraining the flows of greenhouse gases

    2.8 Energy strategy


    Chapter 3. International protocols for country and economic change

    3.1 The UN Environment Programme and its sub-streams

    3.2 The UN Convention on Biodiversity

    3.3 Towards criminalising ecocide

    3.4 The UN Env Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI)

    3.5 US, EU, UK Initiatives

    Chapter 4 National laws and regulations – the US, the EU, the UK

    4.1 Climate and carbon emissions

    4.2 Pollution

    4.3 Reporting (directors’ obligations for quoted companies)

    4.4 The energy industry

    4.5 The aviation and transport industry

    4.6 Building and infrastructure



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    About the author

    Catherine Turner

    Catherine is Group Compliance Officer for Maitland ( and also an Associate Lecturer in Financial Services at the Isle of Man College of Further Education. Prior to her current position she was Head of Legal, Compliance and Risk – Global Fund Services, Bank of Bermuda (Isle of Man) Ltd. She has been in the financial services industry for 20 years. She has also held positions as Manager, Marketing and Product Development for an international financial services provider, and was a Policy Adviser to the Isle of Man Government Financial Supervision Commission specialising in the development of the regulatory framework for collective investment schemes. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Member of the Securities Institute, a Member of the Society of Financial Advisers and an Associate of the Life Insurance Association by Diploma.She lectures internationally on subjects including fund management, regulation and compliance, insider dealing, investor protection regimes, and mortgage lending, and is Associate Lecturer, Financial Services at the Isle of Man College of Further Education. She has been engaged by the Africa Centre for Investment Analysis to deliver a 3-day course in November 2003 covering Insider Dealing Regimes, Investor Protection Regimes and International Funds.