MILAN - Asset management companies in Europe are using semantic tricks and regulatory loopholes to sell 'green' investments that actually fund the hydrocarbon industry. Italy's Eurizon, a subsidiary of Intesa SanPaolo, is a case in point. 

These fake sustainable funds invest in fossil fuel companies such as Eni, Enel, Repsol, Chevron, TotalEnergies, BP and Shell. European regulations allow fund managers to define their own criteria for 'green' investments, leading to greenwashing. While the rules have increased transparency, they also allow funds to be flexible in defining their criteria. Public responsibility for ensuring that investments meet environmental and social criteria is emphasised, shifting the burden of due diligence to investors.

Team members

Stefano Valentino

Stefano Valentino is an Italian freelance journalist.

Stefano Valentino

Giorgio Michalopoulos

Giorgio Michalopoulos is an Italian journalist based in Brazil

Giorgio Michalopoulos

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€15.500, allocated on 17/05/2022



  • Intesa e i fondi “green” all’industria del petrolio, Il fatto quotidiano, 28/11/2023


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