An Overview of Green Finance

  • Romain Berrou
  • Philippe DessertineEmail author
  • Marco Migliorelli
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Impact Finance book series (SIF)


This chapter aims at giving an overview of the key characteristics of the green finance market as it stands today. To this extent, the chapter first recalls the main roots of the role of ethics in finance. Hence, it deals with the political process culminating with the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as highlights the role of green finance in such a process. Hence, it provides a detailed picture of the market by describing the types of existing green securities and financial products and showing the recent investment trends. Finally, the chapter summarises the key challenges still ahead for green finance in order to be considered a stable component of the modern financial landscape.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romain Berrou
    • 1
  • Philippe Dessertine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marco Migliorelli
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IAE Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Sorbonne Business School)ParisFrance
  2. 2.European CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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