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Scaling Climate Finance

Through Emerging Technology

Banks have already started to realize the benefits of using blockchain technology to issue bonds as demonstrated by this report. The most valuable benefits are still to be realized including integrating IoT and AI to automatically report and to increase tractability of the performance of the green assets. As well as to open up bond markets for everyone to become green asset owners. 

How it works

Blockchain enables automated impact reporting, automated coupon payments using digital assets and full distribution by opening up investment opportunity using automated “Know Your Custo-mer” (KYC) are not yet part of the bond landscape. The most impactful benefits that will allow scaling are yet to be realized.



Digital Finance




ANT Forest Programme



500 million

ANT Financial users in China voluntarily signed up to the app to benchmark and monitor their carbon footprint, based on their financial transaction data

 3 million

tonnes of CO2 emissions has been avoided due to behaviour changes through the app

of Ant Financial’s users signed up to the Ant Forest app in just 9 months

100 million

trees planted as part of the scheme as of April 2019

From a virtual sapling to a real tree – overview of the Ant Forest app

To incentivize carbon savings, a social media experience was built enabling users to trade and compare their performance with their social networks. ANT Financial and UN Environment Programme are collaborating to extend this experiment and establish the basis on which it can be replicated by members of the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance.



The latest publication from GDFA uncovers the state of the sustainable digital finance landscape in Germany. It offers five key findings and a selected number of opportunity avenues for Germany based on the specificities of the SDG fintech landscape. This is the second country test of the framework designed by the GDFA for the United Nations Secretary-General's Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs to measure country level progress.

Focus Note Series on
FinTech for Sutainability

The landscaping point to five key insights, which captures the characteristics of the current state of green and sustainable digital finance in the Netherlands. 

A Green and Sustainable Digital Finance Landscape

The report, a companion to the second edition of “The Financial System We Need”, assesses how the financial system’s core functions are likely to be disrupted by financial technology (“fintech”) innovations and how they could help – or hinder – efforts to align financing with sustainable development. 

Fintech and Sustainable Development
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The report reveals how banks can deploy digital technology to address sustainability problems and innovate green products both for institutional and retail customers. The report shows that new intelligence that can be harvested from sensor technologies such as satellites and intelligent chips can reduce the cost of obtaining environmental data from customers, allowing banks to better analyse the risk of customers’ lending portfolios and price externalities. Another example offered by the report is how the financial sector can deploy data to scale green investments is via digitalization of capital market instruments.

Sustainable Digital Finance in Asia

This briefing summarises the discussions held during the “Greening the Financial System: Exploring the Ways Forward” event in Washington, D.C. on 12 October 2017. The goal of this convening, the fourth in the series, was to examine lessons from developing and implementing green finance initiatives over the last few years and to highlight successful examples and opportunities, particularly from China and of green digital finance.

Greening the Financial System

The report offers concrete insights from G20 countries on how to harness the power of current and nascent digital technologies that underpin the digitalization of finance to deliver on the SDGs. A key message from the report is that technologies including big data, artificial intelligence (AI), mobile platforms, blockchain, and the Internet of things (IoT), can address a number of the most significant barriers, identified by the G20 Green Finance Study Group, to scaling the deployment of sustainable finance.

Digital Technologies for Mobilizing Sustainable Finance

This report shows that almost half of Ant Financial Services Group’s 450 million users signed up to Ant Forest, an app that gamifies carbon footprint tracking – cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the massive potential of Fintech (financial technology) for supporting sustainable development. By the end of January 2017, the approach had avoided 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to the accumulation of small behavior changes, with much more to come.

Scaling Citizen Action on Climate
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