A step forward on sustainability: The nexus of environmental responsibility, green technology, clean energy and green finance

Madaleno M., DOĞAN E. , Taskin D.

ENERGY ECONOMICS, vol.109, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 109
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eneco.2022.105945
  • Title of Journal : ENERGY ECONOMICS
  • Keywords: Green finance, Energy transition, Sustainability, Time-varying causality, ECONOMIC-GROWTH, IMPACT, FUNDS, MONEY


The literature lacks enough evidence on the nexus of green finance and clean energy although the terms 'green' and 'clean' have been eminent concepts in sustainable development. Therefore, the fundamental objective of this study is to carry out the causal relationship among green finance, clean energy, environmental responsibility, and green technology by applying the novel time-varying causality test (Shi et al., 2018, 2020) on the daily data spanning from July 31, 2014, to October 12, 2021. The data follow persistent upward and downward movements; thus, the application of a time-varying approach should be reliable and robust. The recursive evolving and rolling window algorithms show bidirectional causalities among green finance, clean energy, environmental responsibility, and green technology, but not for the entire period, and with a special decrease and loss of significance in the COVID-19 period. In addition, clean energy caused by green finance is less evident, except in specific periods, especially at the start of the pandemic. However, higher volatility and significance of causality are observed for the entire period running from clean energy to green finance. Thus, green finance investments are promoted and proportionated by the need for clean energy. This study exhibits the need to design a comprehensive policy for strengthening environmental responsibility and green finance through the funding of green technology to successful energy transition and sustainable development goals.