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ESG in banking

Sustainability in financial services

What is sustainable banking?

Sustainability in banking means managing our environmental impact and helping businesses and individuals to make sustainable choices, through the services and advice we offer.

It also means ensuring our customers’ money is not invested in businesses and projects that damage the environment and society.

At heart it’s about thinking long term about the impact of our financial activities and decisions.

Sustainable investment and decision making

All funding and loans we provide are checked against ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria. This ensures we make informed decisions and always consider the environmental impact of our financing.

We’ve set an ambitious target to at least halve the climate impact of our financing activity by 2030. As part of this we’re:

  • stopping lending to major oil and gas producers unless they have a credible transition plan, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, by the end of 2021
  • stopping lending to all companies with greater than 15% of activities related to coal, unless they have a credible transition plan, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, in place by the end of 2021

You can find out more about how we’re tackling environmental issues in our climate change strategy.

Responsible banking to help businesses

Sustainable banking doesn’t just mean divesting from harmful activities, it’s also about  investing in the green businesses, initiatives, skills and technologies that can make a difference.

We’ve pledged to provide over £20bn of funding for climate and sustainable finance through loans for green projects, renewables and electric vehicles.

Through our products, services and expertise we want to help all businesses to make the transition to a low carbon economy and a sustainable future.

Practical tips and advice for businesses

Funding for renewable energy projects

Electric vehicles: charging ahead to net zero

How we can help your business

We want to help you achieve your climate goals and take advantage of the many opportunities moving to a low carbon future offers.

Whether it’s financing renewables, electric car loans or mentorship on how to reduce your environmental impact – we’re here to support you.

*Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Finance is only available for business purposes.

Championing climate solutions

At NatWest, we're setting ourselves the challenge to at least halve the climate impact of our financing activity by 2030.

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