EFAMA responds to the opportunity to provide feedback to the Article 8 Taxonomy Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (‘taxonomy’) draft delegated act, which the European Commission published for consultation on 7 May. We highlight that the provisions on investee companies in this delegated act will serve as the primary source of input for asset managers´ own disclosures on taxonomy compliance at both product and entity levels.
EU Taxonomy Regulation
The Taxonomy is a critical tool that will assist issuers, project promoters, investors and other financial market participants in identifying sustainable, enabling and transitional economic activities. The regulation requires asset managers to disclose the proportions of their Taxonomy-compliant “green asset ratios” in funds with sustainability objectives and characteristics.
Asset managers will rely upon investee companies’ reporting against the technical screening criteria introduced by the Taxonomy. Given that these criteria will be fundamental in guiding the investment decisions of asset managers and, increasingly so, of public authorities, they should allow for a sufficiently broad investible universe, including transitional activities. EFAMA has also contributed to the development of industry-relevant Taxonomy Key Performance Indicators for financial and non-financial undertakings.
The European Find and Asset Management Association appreciates the opportunity to submit its views to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on the Joint Consultation Paper (CP) regarding draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for taxonomy-related sustainability disclosures pursuant to Article 8(4), 9(6) and 11(5) of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (Taxonomy Regulation or TR).
In its support of the development and implementation of the Taxonomy Regulation, EFAMA believes that reporting on the level of alignment with the Taxonomy by non-financial and financial undertakings is essential to strengthening market integrity around sustainability issues.
While convinced that ESMA's draft advice on Article 8 of the Taxonomy provides very strong foundations for successfully implementing disclosure requirements, EFAMA in its reply to ESMA makes several recommendations on (i) implementation timelines, (ii) companies and (iii) asset managers' reporting.
EFAMA welcomes proposed transitional period under Art. 8 of the taxonomy and calls for its alignment with SFDR taxonomy-related product disclosures
EFAMA has published its response to a consultation on the draft delegated act under Article 8 of the Taxonomy.
EFAMA has published its response to the joint European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) consultation on taxonomy-related sustainability disclosures in the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its response to the European Commission's consultation on the establishment of a European Single Access Point (ESAP) for financial and non-financial information publicly disclosed by companies.
The report looks at the major trends in the ESG UCITS market, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the behaviour of ESG and non-ESG funds.
For this Market Insights, EFAMA collaborated with its member associations and strategy consultants at INDEFI to estimate the level and nature of ESG investment by European asset managers at the end of 2019, distinguishing between the ESG strategies applied at the firm level and those applied at the level of individual fund and discretionary mandate. The assets under management covered in the report include EUR 12.5 trillion of investment fund assets and EUR 11.4 trillion of mandate assets.*
Q #1 Can the EU Ecolabel for retail financial products help channel individual investors’ savings into environmentally sustainable projects?
A well-designed EU Ecolabel has the potential to provide clear guidance on the financial products retail investors can invest in if they wish to support environmentally sustainable projects and activities - in line with the EU Taxonomy Regulation. The European Commission wants to create a trusted and verified label for retail investors, who would benefit from better comparability of financial products.