One party alone cannot solve the climate challenges that we are facing. We need to collaborate, but we also need to rethink they way we approach the subject. This is not entirely a political issue. The financial sector, businesses and investors have the potential to play significant parts in the battle for climate change.

Sustainability represents a big opportunity from both a sustainable and financial perspective. The companies who ignore this are missing out on a great opportunity, but not all companies acknowledge this. At least not yet.

Sasja Beslik, Head of Sustainable Finance, has visited companies and sectors around the world that pursue sustainable opportunities and solutions. Because they want to give customers a choice, but also because they have realised that responsible and financial returns go hand in hand.

Growing aviation industry

Future growth will depend on increased access to energy, food, water, technology, and transportation. At the same time these resources need to be sustainably produced in order to cut down on emissions and ease the burden on our environment.

A key player in this process is the aviation industry that just continues to grow. Companies in this sector have the opportunity to innovate and develop new products and solutions that make a big difference. For one thing, as carbon fibres replace metal aircraft can deliver more passengers for the same amount of emission.

Sustainability represents a big opportunity from both a sustainable and financial perspective. The companies who ignore this are missing out on a great opportunity

From a political point of view it is a matter of making it easier to identify sustainable companies and investments. In Sweden, where people have been putting their money in responsibly driven companies for years, this is something that politicians are actively supporting.

We believe that this is very much the right approach and it is something that we would like to see adopted in other countries, too. If companies choose to pursue sustainable solutions, and governments and politicians help people identify responsible investments, we have the opportunity to make a difference.