State of sustainable finance report showcases significant progress achieved across MENA

Report published by ADGM in partnership with MOCCAE and leading authorities in the UAE

State of sustainable finance report showcases significant progress achieved across MENA
  • ADGM implements collaborative sustainable efforts by facilitating constructive dialogue, encouraging innovation, integrating frameworks and raising awareness 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and with the support of leading authorities in the UAE, has published the State of Sustainable Finance Report.

The Report underscores the collective achievements by stakeholders from the private and public sectors as they strive to contribute to the UAE’s sustainability agenda and enhance the stability of the country’s economy through increased adoption of sustainable finance practices.

Contributors to the Report include the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Securities and Commodities Authority of the UAE (SCA), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and Masdar, as well as many other signatories of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Declaration and other key UAE stakeholders.

Following the launch of its Sustainable Finance Agenda in early 2019, ADGM has implemented a series of measures to advance the achievement of its strategic objectives, including driving the development of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Declaration, which saw an inaugural cohort of signatories pledging their commitment at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum.  A second group of participants added to the strong list of signatories in 2020.

His Excellency Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “Sustainable finance has gained new importance in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our economy, as it has the potential to become one of the key drivers of a green recovery. I look forward to the day, hopefully not too far ahead in the future, when conscious investments in sustainable economic activities for the benefit of humankind become the norm. It is encouraging to see the progress we have achieved in this field captured in the State of Sustainable Finance Report, and I call on all stakeholders to build on this success, lead by example and help us promote sustainable finance across the board.”

H.E Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State (UAE) and Chairman of ADGM, said: “We are glad to be working closely with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and prominent public and private partners to cultivate greater synergies and advocate positive economic, social and environmental impact across the various industries in the UAE. The “State of Sustainable Finance Report” showcases the achievements made by each member in developing a more resilient, responsible and sustainable economy and society for our country. As an IFC and financial enabler, ADGM will continue to expand its efforts in developing sustainable finance and supporting Abu Dhabi in being a leading vibrant hub for capital formation and deployment.”

Significant progress has been made since the authorities solidified their joint commitment to progress sustainable finance practices across the UAE and the wider MENA region. The Report highlights the key efforts and milestone achievements by MOCCAE, ADGM and all the participating members.  Some of these include Masdar’s launch of the region’s first-ever green real estate investment trust  that was established in ADGM; the Department of Energy , Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and ADGM’s plans of the Green Bond Hub Programme to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination for the issuance of green bonds and sukuks; the Securities and Commodities Authority of UAE’s Master Plan for Capital Markets to sustainability goals; the ADGM Academy introduced the region’s first “Certificate in Sustainable Finance” in partnership with the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) to raise the expertise and knowledge of professionals in the UAE;  in 2019, Majid Al Futtaim issued a total of USD1.2 billion green sukuks, the proceeds of which went towards green buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency and improved water management, and many more. 

To further the progress of the UAE’s sustainability objections, a set of collective actions are recommended to support all member and stakeholders to increase their adoption of sustainable practices and considerations into their business models.  ADGM seeks to also encourage local and global institutions to incorporate sustainable efforts and initiatives as part of their growth strategies.  

ADGM and partners will continue to work with more stakeholders to drive a resilient sustainable economy and encourage the financial industry to play its full role in addressing these collaborative actions. The State of Sustainable Finance Report can be found here.

About Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015. Established by a UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade and business hub serving as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s key strengths panning over private banking, wealth management, asset management, derivatives and commodities trading, financial innovation, sustainability and more. Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM as an IFC governs the entire 114 hectares (1.14sqkm) of Al Maryah Island which is a designated financial free zone.

It enables registered financial and non-financial institutions, companies and entities to operate, innovate and succeed within an international regulatory framework based on common law. Since its inception, ADGM has been awarded the “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for four consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region.*

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* Source: The Global Investor Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Awards

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