Transition finance: beyond “financing clean and green”
This webcast is hosted by CISI
This special webcast opens a three-part celebration of the first anniversary of the Green Finance Education Charter during London Climate Action Week by posing sobering questions on “transition finance.”
Meeting the world’s climate objectives – notably those of the Paris agreement – is no longer about simply financing the world’s “clean and green” projects, about dividing the world into green and brown.
Professionals need a clear understanding of the mechanics of climate change and global warming, and of setting metrics and performance indicators that align with Paris and the rest. They also need a deep knowledge of sectors and firms to be able to work with management to develop and understand transition plans.
Professional expertise and judgment is key; transition finance will be very hard to reduce to automated credit-scoring, normal investment analysis and the like because of (a) the individual nature of each firm’s transition, and (b) the ethical dimensions involved around alignment and speed of transition. There are also complications in balancing different sustainability factors. This is a great opportunity for banking and finance professionals to demonstrate their professionalism; this webcast will explore the “transition finance” horizon to assess the professional skills needed today, and tomorrow.
Neil Brown, Chartered FCSI, Chief Risk Officer, Earth Capital; and Chair, CISI Bond Forum
Chris McHugh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance, London Institute of Banking & Finance
Laura Merlini, Managing Director, EMEA, CAIA Association
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute
Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute
8:30 - 9:30 UK BST