Editorial : Entrepreneurial finance for green innovative SMEs

Owen, Robyn, Botelho, Tiago, Mac an Bhaird, Ciarán, Ghulam Hussain, Javed, Pierrakis, Yannis, Scott, Jonathan M. and Lodh, Suman (2023) Editorial : Entrepreneurial finance for green innovative SMEs. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 70(3), pp. 942-949. ISSN (print) 0018-9391


The route to net zero requires green finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to be at the top of the agenda for governments globally! This view was defended by Owen et al. [31] in response to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) Paris 2015 call for a net zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions approach to tackling climate change. Subsequently, Dasgupta's [11] towering report that centers all business activity within an environmental context has helped to broaden the debate to include a nature positive approach to business finance to help manage the Earth's biosphere. This is proposed by the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures and many of the World's Central Bankers (Network of Central Bankers and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System [28] in response to the United Nations [46] call for the protection of 30% of land and water by 2030 (the so-called “30 by 30” goal).

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