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.

Key Speakers Confirmed to Date

Alfred Griffin

Alfred Griffin

President , New York Green Bank

Vikram Widge

Vikram Widge

Head, Climate and Carbon Finance, World Bank Group

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President, Ceres

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Green bank

Jane Stevensen

Jane Stevensen

Managing Director, Carbon Standards Disclosure Board (CSDB)

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Commissioner , California Insurance

Richard Kauffman

Richard Kauffman

Chairman of Energy & Finance, New York State

Tom Kerr

Tom Kerr

Principle Climate Policy Officer, International Finance Corporation

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Mayor, St Paul, Minnesota

John Dickert

John Dickert

Mayor, Racine, Wisconsin

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

Philippe Desfosses

Philippe Desfosses

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

Terri Wills

Terri Wills

Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Acting Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Mafalda Duarte

Mafalda Duarte

Manager, Climate Investment Funds

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Managing Director, BMW iVentures

Ofori Boateng

Ofori Boateng

Chief Executive Officer, 3Sil

Simon Irish

Simon Irish

Chief Executive Officer, Terrestrial Energy

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia

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

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients, Amundi

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

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

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

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

Filippa Bergin

Filippa Bergin

Sustainability Manager, Storebrand

Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

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?
09:20-09:35 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
09:35-10:35 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
11:00-12:00 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
12:00-12:45 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
12:25-13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45-14:30 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
14:30-15:30 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
15:30-16:00 Networking Break
16:00-17:10 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
17:10-17:30 Closing Keynote: Collaboration for Innovation Leadership

Implementing the Reforming the Energy Vision

  • How is New York state working with the private sector to spur energy innovation?
  • What lessons can be applied to other US cities and beyond?

Richard Kauffman
17:30- Networking Drinks Reception

Sponsors and Partners

BMW i
CAF
Strategic Security Systems International Limited
Travois
Terrestrial Energy
Amundi
Carbon Tracker

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