This week in ESG news: HSBC & Temasek launch sustainable infrastructure finance platform; UBS to remove 40,000 tons of CO2 with climate tech startups; Accenture adds climate strategy consultancy to series of ESG acquisitions; CalSTRS sets climate goals for $300 billion portfolio; TD provides exposure to carbon credits with new fund; Renault Trucks launches circular economy-focused “disassembly plant”; Metlife acquires ESG investment manager AIM; Toyota & Honda announce multi-billion EV battery investments; capital raises for green steel, solar PV development; First Solar to scale U.S. capacity after passage of climate bill, and more.

See below for the highlights of the past week, and get all your ESG news at ESG Today:

Sustainability Goals, Initiatives and Achievements

Equinor, Wintershall Dea Partner on Major Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Renault Trucks Launches Vehicle “Disassembly Plant” to Boost Circular Economy Initiatives

Trimble Sets Goals to Slash Emissions, Source 100% Renewable Energy

UBS Signs Deals With Climate Tech Startups to Remove Nearly 40,000 Tons of CO2

First-Ever Cross Border CO2 Transport and Storage Deal Signed Between Northern Lights JV, Yara

Government & Regulators

Germany, Denmark to Build Offshore Wind “Island” to Bolster Climate, Energy Independence Goals

ESG Services and Tools

Accenture Acquires Climate Strategy Consultancy Carbon Intelligence

Real Estate ESG Data Provider Measurabl Acquires Utility Analytics Platform WegoWise

PulsESG, PE Firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Collaborate on ESG Measurement and Reporting for Portfolio Companies

ESG Investing

CalSTRS Pledges to Cut GHG Emissions of $300 Billion Portfolio in Half by 2030

MetLife Acquires ESG Investor Affirmative Investment Management

TD Launches ETF to Provide Exposure to Global Carbon Credit Market

Swiss Life Asset Managers Launches Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund

Sustainable Finance

HSBC, Temasek Launch Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Company

OP Financial to Cut Loan and Investment Portfolio Emissions, Boost Sustainable Finance

Renewable Energy Investor Low Carbon Signs £230 Million Facility to Back Solar PV Development

Private Equity & Venture Capital

Decarbonized Steel Startup H2 Green Steel Raises $190 Million

Energy Transition

Toyota to Invest Over $5 Billion in US & Japan EV Battery Capacity

First Solar Investing $1.2 Billion to Scale U.S. Capacity, Citing Passage of Climate Bill, Strong Demand

Honda, LG to Invest Over $4 Billion in US EV Battery Plant

IKEA Parent Ingka Acquires €58 Million Stake in 9GW Offshore Wind Project Portfolio

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