致國泰金控公開信

國泰金控於7月底發布其2019年份的企業社會責任(CSR)報告,當中分享對於聯合國永續發展目標(SDGs)的貢獻,尤其是針對SDGs 13 氣候行動,作出以下宣示:「國泰世華銀行停止新承作任何燃煤發電融資,國泰人壽將未積極轉型再生能源之燃煤發電業者列入不可投資名單。」這樣的宣布讓國泰加入國際氣候撤資行列,不再資助燃煤發電,加速國際能源轉型浪潮。

 

身為簽署赤道原則的一員,國泰也注重環境、社會、公司治理投資概念(ESG)於銀行的運作與發展,在「2019年10月起全面停止新承作任何燃煤發電融資授信案」,這樣的作為不僅是實質的貫徹ESG理念,更是向各客戶展現其重視氣候議題與實踐社會企業責任的態度。

 

在過去半年多來的疫情衝擊下,世界各國感受到傳統經濟體系的脆弱。而人們視為理所當然的化石燃料產業也受到重創,不論是油價跌到負盤或是煤礦產能受阻等等,在在顯示化石燃料的風險。在這個危機的時機點,也是個轉機點。各金融單位應正視化石燃料產業的風險,藉機轉向較有韌性與彈性的再生能源。

 

350台灣很高興再次看到台灣的金融單位加入國際氣候行動趨勢,用低碳金流的方式來面對氣候問題。現今全球已有超過14兆美元不再資助化石燃料,加入此氣候行動的機構也突破1200家。但除了新案件的屏除之外,我們也希望國泰能夠對於現有的燃煤案場提出承諾,在約期到時不再續約,貫徹ESG理念與社會責任,達到完全的避開全球燃煤電廠的姿態。

 

於此同時,我們也呼籲更多台灣的金融單位站出來,不論是私人銀行或官方基金,宣示不再承作任何燃煤發電融資案,一起讓國際社會認知台灣面對氣候變遷的決心,用金融的方式來投資未來、撤資汙染!

 

350台灣團隊

 

國泰金控 2019 CSR報告

 

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Open Letter to Cathay Financial 

Cathay Financial shared its 2019 CSR report in late July as it includes the institution’s efforts towards the SDGs. Especially for SDGs 13 Climate Action. The organization has the following statement: “Cathay Financial will stop any new investment in coal-firing plants. Cathay Life Insurance will exclude coal power developer that does not actively transition to renewable on the investment list.” This announcement brings Cathay Financial to the global divestment framework that no longer funds coal and supports a transition to renewables. 

 

As a signatory of the Equator Principles, Cathay also focuses on the ESG principles as they: “stop investing any new coal power plants since October 2019.” This act truly practices the ESG concepts and show their customers that they are serious about climate topics and corporate social responsibilities. 

 

The pandemic has impacted the world over the past half a year, and it showcases the fragile nature of our current economic model. What was once seen as a norm like fossil fuels are heavily impacted. The influence includes negative oil prices, coal production delays, and more. They all display the risk of the fossil fuel industry. During this crisis also rest the opportunity for transition. All financial institutions should treat the risk of fossil fuel industries seriously and shift towards the more resilient and flexible renewable energy sector. 

 

350 Taiwan is very glad to see that once again another Taiwanese financial institution joins global climate action trends to use financial flow to face climate challenges. As of now, there are more than 14 trillion USD not funding fossil fuels, and the participant organizations reach over 1200. However, aside from not investing in new coal power projects, we would also like to see Cathay commit to leaving current projects when their terms are due. This will fully execute the ESG and social responsibility to avoid global coal power projects. 

 

We hereby also encourage other financial institutions in Taiwan to step up, both private banks or public funds, to no longer fund any coal power projects. Let the world recognized Taiwan’s commitment to face climate change. Let us use financial ways to move money and build the future so that there is no money for dirty energy! 

 

350 Taiwan

 

Cathay Financial 2019 CSR Report