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In fighting climate change, Fintechs play major role

By Quadri Adejumo 

Climate change lingers unfavourably not too far off, introducing an unrivalled danger to our planet and its populations. As environment-related catastrophes heighten, the marginalised communities in developing markets endure the worst part of its overwhelming effect.

A World Bank report cautions that if left unabated, climate change could push up to 130 million individuals into poverty within the next decade and force over 200 million persons to move from catastrophe-inclined districts by 2030. Amid this approaching emergency, an encouraging sign arises as climate fintech, where finance, technology, and environmental stewardship join in defying the difficulties within recent times.

The ascent of climate fintech

Lately, the financial technology (Fintech) sector has formed into a nexus of development, changing the manners by which people deal with their finances, carry out transactions, and gain access to financial services.

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Fintech wraps an alternate group of innovative applications, going from digital payments and internet banking to blockchain and artificial intelligence finance tools. Within this landscape, the rise of climate fintech marks an essential crossroads to battle the climate emergency.

Utilising technology to develop climate resilience

Climate fintech gives plenty of services and tools that are intended and designed to further develop climate versatility and sustainability. From carbon accounting and balancing to green securities and energy projects, these creative stages engage financial backers and organizations to channel assets towards low-carbon drives at scale.

Progressed analytics fueled by artificial intelligence empower stakeholders to investigate data, illuminating key choices lined up with environmental goals. By surveying climate-related risks, organisations can sustain their strength and versatility even in an inexorably unstable climate scene.

In the battle against climate change, fintech companies stand at the forefront. Fintechs are pioneering new approaches to promote sustainability and drive positive environmental outcomes.

The future direction of climate fintech pivots upon cooperative endeavours between fintech ventures, customary monetary organizations, and regulatory bodies. The adoption of climate fintech solutions and alignment with global climate goals are both made possible by such partnerships.

In a discussion, Yvonne Obike, Chief Operating Officer at Bankly MFB tells the reporter; “There’s going to be a lot of interesting growth over the next few years for fintech innovation in Africa and globally.

“For some years now, financial companies are starting to make their packages more affordable for everybody and this can be seen in the sort of partnership models they offer directly to individuals and organisations.”

Fintech platforms are now facilitating the flow of capital towards environmentally responsible projects, such as renewable energy infrastructure, and carbon offset initiatives.

Jide Pratt of TradeGrid added; “Fintech in the energy space introduces ease, scale as well as convenience. The scale that fintechs brings as an aggregator enables commercial lending or funding from banks for energy projects.

“We now have fintechs who enable profiling online and then introduce flexible payments for large-scale projects.” Jide is an energy expert with experience working at Oando, Forte Oil and Conoil.

Additionally, Fintech platforms are facilitating carbon offsetting initiatives by connecting carbon offset projects with investors and consumers, thereby incentivizing carbon neutrality and sustainability. By incorporating climate fintech into existing monetary infrastructure, traditional banks can assist the progress towards sustainable finance, simplifying the effect of climate and energy initiatives.

Understanding climate change through technological solutions

In the fight against climate change, and as we confront the urgent need for sustainable practices across industries, the integration of technologies presents a remarkable opportunity.

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The requirement for proactive mediation and all-around informed decision-making has never been more prominent. The impacts of climate change are turning out to be increasingly self-evident. From foreseeing outrageous climate occasions to illuminating strategy plans, technologies assume a critical part in forming our response to this global crisis.

Data analysis is essential for enhancing our understanding of climate change dynamics and developing targeted interventions to mitigate its impacts. By outfitting the force of data-driven insights, we can fabricate a stronger and maintainable future for a long time into the future.

“With data analytics, financial institutions can now analyze large sums of data to identify insights and trends. By analyzing these historical datasets, financial institutions can identify potential risks and then develop strategies to mitigate them,” Cassandra Happe, an analyst for WalletHub in the U.S. said.

“More importantly, data analytics can significantly improve operational efficiency. It identifies areas that require improvement and implements measures to streamline processes, providing reassurance about operational effectiveness,” she added.

Furthermore, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence are also revolutionising financial operations to mitigate climate change.

By leveraging blockchain, financial institutions can streamline processes such as cross-border payments, trade finance, and supply chain management, reducing the need for intermediaries and cumbersome paperwork regarding climate projects.

“The ability to send money globally enables users to leverage cheap and instantaneous transfer of value across blockchains. Blockchain technology is traceable, and near-time. And it enables money to become programmable,” Simon Callaghan, CEO & Executive Director at Blockchain Australia told the reporter.

Simon added that his team is working on a resolution. “We are the peak industry body in Australia for businesses using blockchain and crypto technologies. He explains; “Members of ours, like Stables, Grineo, and Mastercard are working on solving this issue.”

By incorporating artificial intelligence analytics, monetary and financial organizations can use real-time data insights to enhance asset allotment, recognize failures, and alleviate risks related to environmental debasement.

For instance, artificial intelligence algorithms can break down transaction data to recognize examples of asset use and suggest more manageable other options, subsequently decreasing waste and fossil fuel emissions.

Paving way towards a sustainable future

As the fintech industry continues to get a move on, it emerges as a pivotal power inside the monetary region, catalyzing a real impact in context towards climate-cognizant finance.

Yvonne further explained; “We will see an increased experience across all financial services while utilising open banking for collaboration.

“There is a rise in e-commerce solutions across Africa and in return the need for more fintech partnerships to ease and facilitate seamless online payments. A lot of changes in the regulatory space are seen recently and this is to support the ever-growing fintech ecosystem.”

Fintech is a beacon of hope amid the climate change storm, facilitating green investments and empowering stakeholders with data-driven insights. The combination of finance, technology, and climate stewardship offers a glint of confidence in the battle for our planet’s future.

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