Produced by NEF and 16 accomplice organisations.
In July 2021, the European Central Financial institution (ECB) concluded its 18-month financial coverage technique evaluation, the primary since 2003. Taking a look at its mandate as enshrined within the EU Treaties, responding to strain from civil society and to mounting scientific proof of the risk posed by local weather breakdown, the ECB recognised that it should combine local weather concerns into its operations. The Financial institution outlined an in depth roadmap of its climate-related actions, signifying a serious shift in its pondering. Nevertheless, whereas welcome, the roadmap fails to ship the ambition and urgency important if the ECB is to completely combine local weather dangers and impacts to its operations and help the low-carbon transition.
When designing the insurance policies to fulfil its main, secondary, and monetary stability mandate, the ECB ought to be clear: “There may be no value stability, no monetary stability, and no job safety on a burning planet in social turmoil.”
If something, the present power value disaster, which has lifted inflation to file excessive ranges for the reason that creation of the euro, has solely bolstered the urgency for the ECB to act forcefully in help of the EU’s power transition. Certainly, increasing the provision of home renewable power would drastically cut back the EU’s publicity to risky imported power costs, resembling gasoline and oil.
On this context, we argue for warning when it comes to the Financial institution’s potential response to a chronic rise in power costs, as alluded to by Isabel Schnabel in a current speech.6 Earlier than doing so, the ECB ought to fastidiously consider the affect of such a transfer on the price of power transition investments, that are extra delicate to capital price than amortised fossil fuels belongings.
Within the face of the local weather and power disaster, it’s time for the ECB to acknowledge the inadequacy of its present coverage toolkit and discover methods to reconcile value stability and help for the low-carbon transition.
The Financial institution should recognise that voluntary, market-led approaches should not adequate to redirect capital flows away from dangerous investments that may ultimately result in an environmental, social, and financial disaster. It should use its powers to steer European finance in direction of necessary alignment with worldwide and European local weather and environmental targets. Due to this fact, the Financial institution ought to be guided by a core set of ideas to information its coverage choices. We additionally put ahead 5 units of suggestions that the ECB can implement to align its insurance policies to the transition pathway.