Private investment firms in the UK think incoming ESG regulations will boost sector but funds worry divergence from global norms could harm progress.

According to research from PwC, 59.1 per cent of Limited Partners (LPs) and 58.0 per cent of General Partners (GPs) surveyed believed incoming regulations in the UK targeting ESG would have a “positive impact”.

“Investor demand for ESG investments is only expected to increase, and the regulatory changes in the UK will undoubtedly provide a boost to the industry,” the report said.

“In this new backdrop, managers that prioritise ESG considerations in their operations and product shelves will not only benefit from regulatory compliance but will truly stand out.”

The FCA is consulting on bringing in regulations on the Green Taxonomy and Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR).

SDR rules aim to build “transparency and trust” by introducing labels to help consumers navigate the market of sustainable investment products while the Green Taxonomy is a tool to provide investors with clarity on which activities are labelled as green.

UK still lags behind US and EU

Despite the overall positive perception, the figures were lower than counterparts in the EU and US.

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