Monday 3 August 2020

Bank of America joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials to disclose climate impacts

Bank of America joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials to disclose climate impacts

Bank of America has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), which is working to develop a common framework to assess the environmental footprint of financed emissions from across the banking sector.

A growing list of financial institutions in the US have joined the scheme and will now disclose the climate impact of their lending practices - member institutions now include almost 70 global banks and investors, representing more than $9 trillion (£6.9tn) in assets.

Bank of America has already been providing its financing and risk management expertise to support the development of a consistent methodology for assessing, measuring and disclosing greenhouse gas emissions attributed to financial activities.

Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman at Bank of America said: “As a global financial institution and as an industry, we have a critical role to play in accelerating the transition to a low carbon, more sustainable economy.

“By joining PCAF, we are helping to drive a consistent framework for institutions to measure financed emissions as well as providing a useful tool in the management of these emissions, which is a critical component when addressing climate change. We look forward to collaborating with other financial institutions and partners on this important effort.”

Ivan Frishberg, First Vice President – Sustainable Banking, Amalgamated Bank and a member of the PCAF Steering Committee added: “Measuring the carbon impact of loans and investments is a fundamental building block for further climate action.

“Counting carbon may seem like a purely technical thing, but we measure so that we can manage, and Bank of America is showing its seriousness in this work through its active collaboration with PCAF.”

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Bruna Pinhoni

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