Sustainable Investment Forum

What's it all about?

“The finance sector will make the difference... you cannot build what you do not finance- you are the architects of the future”
 
Christiana Figueres, Executive Director, UNFCCC  (UN Investor Summit, January 2016)

The Sustainable Investment Forum, organized by Climate Action, will unite 300 stakeholders from national and regional government, international finance, private industry and carbon management sectors for a day of high level discussion and debate during New York Climate Week.

The appetite for sustainable investment is growing

  • The UNEP Inquiry concluded that $53 trillion needs to be invested to achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement
  • Ban Ki-moon has urged global business leaders to double investment in wind and solar energy to $600bn a year by 2020
  • The Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition aims to scale green bond investment from $40 billion to $1 trillion

The Sustainable Investment Forum will progress the dialogue on the development of effective public- private funding mechanisms for scaling low carbon innovation and the way in which they can to come together to achieve the aims of the Paris agreement.

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300 Cross-Sector Delegates | 30+ Confirmed Speakers

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Key Speakers Confirmed to Date

Filippa Bergin

Filippa Bergin

Sustainability Manager, Storebrand

Ofori Boateng

Ofori Boateng

Chief Executive Officer, 3Sil

Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Mayor, St Paul, Minnesota

Philippe Desfosses

Philippe Desfosses

Chief Executive Officer, Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP)

John Dickert

John Dickert

Mayor, Racine, Wisconsin

Mafalda Duarte

Mafalda Duarte

Manager, Climate Investment Funds

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Green bank

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia

Executive President and Chief Executive Officer, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America

Alfred Griffin

Alfred Griffin

President , New York Green Bank

Simon Irish

Simon Irish

Chief Executive Officer, Terrestrial Energy

Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii

Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Commissioner , California Insurance

Tom Kerr

Tom Kerr

Principle Climate Policy Officer, International Finance Corporation

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Bonds Initiative

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

CEO and Special Representative, UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President, Ceres

Kyung-Ah Park

Kyung-Ah Park

Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman Sachs

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Managing Director, BMW iVentures

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients, Amundi

Ian Simm

Ian Simm

Founder & Chief Executive, Impax Asset Management

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Investment Director, Global Governance, CalPERS

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

Andrew Steer

Andrew Steer

Chief Executive Officer, WRI

Jane Stevensen

Jane Stevensen

Managing Director, Carbon Standards Disclosure Board (CSDB)

William Theisen

William Theisen

Director, EcoAct

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Vikram Widge

Vikram Widge

Head, Climate Finance & Policy, World Bank Group

Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins

Managing Director, Standards & Poors

Terri Wills

Terri Wills

Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

Curtis Probst

Curtis Probst

Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Sustainable Investment Forum Agenda

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Time Session Title Details Speaker(s)
09:00-09:05 Chairperson’s welcoming remarks
09:05-09:20 Opening Keynote: Financing the Paris Agreement: Scaling Up Low Carbon Investment
  • Coordinating international and national public- private sector collaboration
  • Assessing the impact of COP21 outcomes on the financial community
  • Policy support for green economic growth- is the public sector sending the right signal to the investment community?

Rachel Kyte
09:20-09:30 Opening Keynote: Private Venture Capital Driving the Future
  • The challenges and opportunities of investing in green tech startups
  • Embedding innovation within existing infrastructures

Dr. Ulrich Quay
09:30-10:30 Measuring and Standardising Climate Disclosure

Developing transparent, standardised processes to scale green investment.

  • Feedback on progress of the Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Coordinating global efforts on green investment definitions and opportunities
  • Standardizing definitions of ‘green’ investment
  • Developing new indices to allow for investment in impactful, quality assets

Jane Stevensen

Paul Simpson

Sean Kidney

Filippa Bergin

Mark Campanale
10:30-11:00 Networking Break
11:00-12:15 Developing Climate Friendly Investment Portfolios

How can institutional investors can develop sustainable asset management strategies.

  • Engaging asset owners and shareholders in building sustainable portfolios
  • Exposing risk profiles of fossil fuels in driving divestment
  • Scaling desirable low carbon investment and reinvestment opportunities
  • Aligning fiduciary and ethical responsibilities

Dave Jones

Fiona Reynolds

Philippe Desfosses

Nick Robins

Frédéric Samama

Ian Simm
12:15-13:00 A Spotlight On Low Carbon Investment in Emerging Regions
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for private sector financing of climate smart development in emerging markets?

  • Which industries are making the most progress?

  • How can investment risk profiles be managed and reduced?


Vikram Widge

Mafalda Duarte

Ofori Boateng

Andrew Steer
13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00-15:00 Private Sector Innovation: Developing and Implementing Low Carbon Technologies

Harnessing the clout of private sector investment and innovation.

  • How are private companies incorporating INDC targets into jurisdictions?
  • The role of corporate venture capital and in driving innovation and managing risk
  • Developing low carbon projects with public and private stakeholders

Mindy Lubber

Simon Irish

William Theisen

Kyung-Ah Park
15:00-16:15 Scaling Green Finance Options

Exploring the progress of green bonds and other sustainable financial products.

  • Scaling and replicating green bond success
  • Examining the growing role of ESG in portfolio management
  • Shifting the risk perception of insurers and boosting climate focused product development

Bryan Garcia

Eric Usher

Tom Kerr

Terri Wills

Anne Simpson
16:15-16:45 Networking Break
16:45-18:00 Cities and Regions as Drivers of Change

A focus on the pivotal role of cities and regions in achieving INDCs

  • How can cities gain access to private finance for sustainable innovation?
  • Successful cases of private collaboration for innovation
  • Aligning the carbon reduction plans of cities, regions and private companies
  • Creating strong narratives around the co-benefits of developing green city solutions

Alfred Griffin

Chris Coleman

John Dickert

Enrique Garcia

Naoko Ishii

Curtis Probst
18:00-18:15 Closing Keynote

Topic to be confirmed

18:20-20:00 Networking Drinks Reception

Sponsors and Partners

BMW i
CAF
Strategic Security Systems International Limited
Travois
Terrestrial Energy
Amundi
Carbon Tracker
EcoAct
Peace Boat
S&P Global
Impax Asset Management

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Venue

Westin New York at Times Square

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