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Orange blog - Sustainability

Becoming more sustainable is not easy. Sometimes you need to take one step back to go two steps forward. Moving towards sustainability is not about achieving perfection. It is about achieving improvement.

Many companies have already reaped the benefits of sustainable improvement through our sustainable finance solutions. Our Sustainability Improvement Loan, for example, provides financial incentives for those whose sustainability rating goes up. But we also team up with experts who assess and track our own sustainability performance, next to that of our clients.

Our sector specialists understand the complexities that come with the transition to a more sustainable business, but also the opportunities brought by smart technology.

Aligning sustainability ambitions with business activities

25 November 2020

In recent years, the number of companies that explicitly align their business targets with sustainability criteria has grown significantly. Following this mindset transformation, the use of sustainable finance instruments has equally seen a tremendous growth, with some banks and companies gaining recognition as first movers that support the continuous refinement of this developing market segment.

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20 October 2020

ING publishes second progress report on climate alignment

ING today published its second progress report on Terra, ING’s approach to steer its €600 billion lending book in line with the well-below two-degree climate goal of the Paris Agreement.

14 September 2020

Electric rail transport as a key to sustainable mobility

Whether it's the daily commute, going on holiday or freight transport, rail transport plays an important role in the daily lives of many people. In addition, rail is regarded as a particularly socially acceptable and environmentally friendly means of transport. According to calculations carried out by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the transport sector is responsible for one fifth of the CO2 emitted in Germany. The railway, which is already 90 percent electrified, is the key to further reducing CO2 emissions in transport and to protecting the climate in an effective way.

02 November 2020

Climate change is risky business

Imagine the impact on mortgages if climate change would cause mass flooding. Or what would happen to the value of houses if governments would enforce stricter energy efficiency measures faster than expected. And then imagine the impact situations like these would have on consumers and companies, and ultimately on banks like ING. This is how climate risk also becomes financial risk. That’s why assessing and managing climate risk is important. It’s an area that continues to evolve and will mature as more and more data on the impact of climate becomes available and methodologies are further developed. Now ING has released our first climate risk report. Here are some takeaways.

29 June 2020

Sharing economy: A double-edged sword?

Sharing things is considered to be a more sustainable way of life. However, new research by ING finds that shared products are often quickly disposed, replaced or re-sold. The sharing economy might not be so sustainable after all.

01 June 2020

Sustainable business during the Covid-19 pandemic

The issue of sustainability remains an important one, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many companies are still struggling with the negative effects of the crisis, but are also looking at how they can become more resilient in the future. What approaches and tools are available to help make the economy greener?

04 May 2020

World's first €STR loan: a different form of sustainable financing

Since 2 October 2019, the European Central Bank has regularly published a new reference interest rate, the €STR (Euro Short-Term Rate). This was developed against the backdrop of a fundamental reform of the European reference rates and is intended to provide a long-term replacement to the EONIA reference rate for the overnight money market. ING recently issued the world's first loan tied to the new €STR.

Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?

11 November 2020

Examining consumer attitudes towards the circular economy and sustainability in 2020. Last year we surveyed business leaders in the US on their interest in the circular economy. While only 16 percent of US businesses have adopted the circular economic framework, 62 percent say moving toward this is part of their business strategy. This year we surveyed 15,000 members of the general public across 11 countries in Europe, APAC and North America. Here’s what we learned.

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16 March 2020

How the circular economy can change the way we consume our food

One of the main issues that we associate with sustainability is the food sector. Whether it’s organic food, separating household waste or using reusable coffee cups – we have been changing many of our habits for some time now. However, ING's Circular Economy Report suggests that consumers and industry can become even better at dealing with food resources and sustainable consumption.

09 March 2020

Circular economy in the textile industry: sustainable fashion is part of the future

Concepts such as slow fashion, second-hand shops, recycling, renting or leasing fashion items are just a few examples that prove that sustainability is entering the fashion and textile industry. This trend is also confirmed by the ING Circular Economy Report. But where do consumers really stand on the subject of sustainable fashion, and what does this trend mean for the textile industry?

10 February 2020

Circular economy and electronics

The issue of sustainability also applies to the electronics industry. While consumers are already changing their habits in other areas such as food, fashion and mobility, there is also increasing pressure on electronics companies to adapt their business models to the circular economy.

18 November 2019

Green finance: sustainability is becoming the new normal

In future, a company’s credit rating will no longer be measured solely in numbers alone: in addition to quantitative financial analysis, the focus is increasingly on qualitative assessment, such as an assessment of the company's sustainability and future viability. If companies are unable to adapt to these new circumstances, they risk jeopardising their own business models.