EU banks fear green asset ratios paint an unfair picture

Industry lobbyist clashes with lawmaker over usefulness of new sustainability disclosure

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New ratios gauging the greenness of bank balance sheets in the European Union fail to accurately portray the real sustainability of banks’ lending books, according to a German banking lobbyist. But a key architect of the rules has said they can help guide banks towards financing the transition to a low-carbon economy.

“The green asset ratio misrepresents the actual sustainability profile of a bank,” said Adrian Schwantes, an associate working on sustainable finance at the Association of German

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