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The ESG dilemma: green loans vs greenwashing

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🗞️ Driving the news: Green loans are emerging as a powerful tool against greenwashing, but they face their own challenges
• To combat this, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has introduced an AI tool to assist banks in green loan approvals and monitor for greenwashing

🔭 The context: Greenwashing, presenting a false or misleading impression of environmental soundness, is a significant concern in the ESG sector
• In response, countries like South Korea have legislated against exaggerated green claims, and regions like Southeast Asia, led by Singapore, are ramping up their ESG initiatives

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Green loans, which fund projects contributing to environmental objectives, align lending with environmental goals and can potentially reduce fashion's environmental waste
However, challenges such as inaccurate Sustainability Performance Targets (SPTs) and greenwashing persist, affecting about 50% of green loans

⏭️ What's next: The MAS's AI tool aims to facilitate setting performance targets and monitoring against them, thereby curbing greenwashing
• This includes using AI for peer and industry benchmarking in the real estate sector and enhancing the processing of sustainable finance transactions

💬 One quote: "Green loans are necessary because they help align lending and environmental objectives and help borrowers communicate the greening of their operations and supply chain." (Aaron Raj, journalist)

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