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Insights: sustainable transformation

The horizon challenge: accelerating the shift to a green economy

Merging future ambitions with short-term action is crucial to meeting sustainability targets and building for a greener future.

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Other articles on sustainable transformation

‘Long-term vision is the answer to a sustainable future’

Climate change is the greatest challenge of this century. But society risks failing to address it if it continues to pass responsibility to future generations by only focusing on short-term issues. We ask Roland Mees, director of sustainable finance at ING, how we can expand our horizons.

Concrete action to decarbonise the cement industry

Europe’s cement industry is committed to its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Michele Monterosso, global lead of ING’s construction sector, shares some insights into how it can get there.

Ridding the world of plastic

Plastic waste is set to triple by 2060, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But the world has woken up to the threat posed by the scourge of plastic pollution and is taking action.

Reinventing steel for a green future

The steel industry needs to decarbonise to be in line with the EU’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. Erik van Doezum, ING’s steel lead, shares some insights on ways the industry can cut emissions, and what ING is doing to help.

Motivated businesses and sustainable finance tools are key to driving a green economy

Increasing numbers of companies are pledging to make their sustainability efforts transparent and forward-facing, but sustaining and advancing this level of commitment is just as crucial.

How banks and businesses can be partners in sustainability

Banks must have more strategic dialogue with their clients to help them identify investments and divestments to safeguard their resilience in the future economy.

Edging closer to green hydrogen

Hydrogen is fast gaining momentum as a key player in the green energy transition. But why is it key to decarbonisation and how can it be rolled out faster?

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Supply chain adversity unlocks new solutions for sustainability

The war in Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic, and ongoing extreme weather events continue to expose the vulnerability of global supply chains. Many companies are turning to digital solutions to boost resilience and sustainability.

Compelling reasons to embrace sustainability

Sustainability is a key concern for today’s corporate world. It is not just a buzzword – there are sound business reasons for companies to take environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues seriously.

Are you a dismissive bottom liner or a sustainability pioneer?

ING study finds companies are in different stages of their sustainability journey as they grapple with complexity, cost and lack of knowledge as well as more immediate business challenges.

How to ease the pressure on supply chains

The Covid-19 pandemic, a series of extreme weather events in recent years, and now the war in Ukraine have revealed the weaknesses of global supply chains. But this in turn is creating an opportunity for companies to build resilience to future shocks.

Smart containers key to improved supply chains

Digital technology can be a game-changer in shipping of the future, helping to create a more sustainable and efficient industry.

How to finance a sustainable world

Balancing day-to-day challenges with long-term goals means transformation can be slow and frustrating. Financial institutions must adapt and evolve to provide the right support to help make it happen.