Khaki finance

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Environmental concerns - transition - finance - green finance - grey.

Khaki finance aims to reduce the environmental damage produced by relatively more polluting sources, for example grey energy.

The concept is based on the idea that far greater positive effects can be achieved by doing that - especially during a period of transition - rather than focusing immediately and exclusively on the greenest new solutions.

Greening our grey industries to maximise impact
"A lasting consequence of the invasion of Ukraine will be the reprioritising of energy security by governments.
That is also likely to drive a reappraisal of how best to invest around the energy transition, as well as how policymakers frame green finance regulation, particularly in Europe...
The crisis means investors and policymakers will need to destigmatise 'khaki finance' — encouraging the greening of 'grey' industries, rather than just backing the development of the greenest-of-green technologies.
And therein may lie some of the most interesting investment opportunities to withstand a high-inflation regime...

The policy changes needed to tackle the energy transition will take many years, be expensive, and create winners and losers.
But, for Europe to navigate the energy crisis, it is vital it moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach and embraces a khaki finance framework."
Huw van Steenis - Co-chair - World Economic Forum finance council - Financial Times - July 2022.

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External link

Time to destigmatise 'khaki finance' - Financial Times - 18 July 2022