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FT Climate Finance Summit

Scaling up Finance for Climate Action

London |
Speakers include:
John Roome

John Roome

World Bank Group

Frédéric   Samama

Frédéric Samama


Barbara  Buchner

Barbara Buchner

Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance


The FT Climate Finance Summit: Scaling up Finance for Climate Action will explore the vital role of international finance in global efforts to combat climate change, as well as the risks and opportunities for businesses, financial markets and investors in the new climate economy.

A ‘quiet revolution’ is already underway - the value of capital being committed to green infrastructure investments is growing, and innovations such as green bonds and internal carbon pricing are becoming part of companies’ financing tool kit. Yet despite these efforts, climate finance remains marginal to international capital flows and inadequate for global needs. 

Join a senior audience of leading green financiers, corporate decision makers, policy makers and investors to gain the bigger picture of how the full potential of the world’s capital markets can be scaled up for climate action.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/23/2017 09:00:0005/23/2017 17:30:00trueFT Climate Finance SummitThe FT Climate Finance Summit: Scaling up Finance for Climate Action will explore the vital role of international finance in global efforts to combat climate change, as well as the risks and opportunities for businesses, financial markets and investors in the new climate economy.A ‘quiet revolution’ is already underway - the value of capital being committed to green infrastructure investments is growing, and innovations such as green bonds and internal carbon pricing are becoming part of companies’ financing tool kit. Yet despite these efforts, climate finance remains marginal to international capital flows and inadequate for global needs. Join a senior audience of leading green financiers, corporate decision makers, policy makers and investors to gain the bigger picture of how the full potential of the world’s capital markets can be scaled up for climate action.FT-Climate-Finance-Summitb093dbe87a1dc810e61d6415008975cfMM/DD/YYYY

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John Roome

John Roome

Senior Director, Climate Change
World Bank Group

John Roome is Senior Director for Climate Change at the World Bank Group. In this role he leads the World Bank Group’s engagement on climate change. Prior to this assignment, Mr Roome was Operations and Strategy Director for Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solutions at the World Bank Group. He previously served as Director for Sustainable Development in the Bank’s East Asia Region, responsible for working with 22 client countries in the water, urban, transport, energy, rural, agriculture, environment and social sectors, as well as in disaster risk management and climate change. Mr Roome has also worked as Operations and Strategy Director in the Bank’s South Asia region and as Operational Quality Director in the Bank’s Africa region for about five years. He joined the World Bank Group in 1989, working initially in Africa. There he focused mainly on infrastructure issues including roads programmes, the aviation and water sectors, and doing deals for the World Bank Group’s private sector arm IFC, in the banking, mining and agro-industry sectors. Before joining the World Bank Group, Mr Roome worked in Europe for Monitor Company, a leading corporate strategy consulting firm, and at Old Mutual, a South African life assurance company. He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained Master’s degrees in Econometrics and in Management Studies, and the University of Cape Town where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Frédéric   Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients

Frédéric Samama is deputy global head of institutional clients at asset management firm Amundi, joining in 2009. He is the founder of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Research Initiative at Universite Paris-Dauphine, a research centre that explores how sovereign wealth funds can be used to address financial, social and environmental challenges and why addressing such global challenges can benefit investors financially.

Formerly, Mr Samama oversaw corporate equity derivatives at Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase programme, a technology now widely used among French companies.

He has advised the French government in areas that include employee investing mechanisms, market regulation and climate finance and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy. Over the past few years, he has focused on climate change, using a mixture of financial innovation, research and policy making recommendations.

He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and holds a diploma from Neomia Business School.

Barbara  Buchner

Barbara Buchner

Executive Director
Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance

Barbara Buchner is executive director of the Climate Finance programme at Climate Policy Initiative. She advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world and is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal, a joint report with the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD) that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement.

Dr Buchner directs the CPI’s work as secretariat of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab). The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation and land use projects. Dr Buchner also leads CPI’s work as secretariat of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), a sister initiative to The Lab that focuses on private sector approaches to scaling up investment in green growth.  In addition, she built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together financial institutions engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power) and the OECD.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Assaad  W. Razzouk

Assaad W. Razzouk

Group Chief Executive Officer
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Assaad Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. He is Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a clean energy company headquartered in Singapore financing, building and operating 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects in India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines; the Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong-based Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA); a Board member of the London-based Climate Markets & Investment Association (CMIA) and a contributor to the Huffington Post (and previously to the Independent, the Ecologist, and others).  With his hands-on experience in clean energy combined with his other roles, Mr Razzoul is a high-profile thought leader on climate change, clean energy and the UN climate talks with more than 100,000 followers on Facebook, 124,000 followers on Twitter and widely-read newspaper columns.

Alexander Barkawi

Alexander Barkawi

Founder and Director
Council on Economic Policies

Alexander Barkawi is founder and director of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) – an international economic policy think tank for sustainability focused on fiscal, monetary and trade policy. Prior to his decision to build up CEP, he was the Managing Director of SAM Indexes and thus responsible for developing the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) into a key reference point for sustainability investing. Before joining SAM, he took the lead in internationalizing the activities of oikos – an organization that promotes sustainability in teaching and research of economics and management worldwide. Originally started as an initiative in St. Gallen, Switzerland, oikos today comprises more than 40 chapters on four continents. Mr Barkawi continues to be engaged in the organization as president of its board of trustees. He is a graduate in economics (M.A.) of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he also wrote his PhD thesis on Social Change in Egypt in the 1990s.

Robert   Scharfe

Robert Scharfe

Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg)

Robert Scharfe joined the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer. During his time as CEO, Mr. Scharfe has overseen the launch of the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), the first platform dedicated exclusively to green securities. Mr Scharfe is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges, as well as chairman of the Nomination Committee of the World Federation of Exchanges. Before joining the Luxembourg Stock Exchange,

Mr Scharfe spent 35 years working in the banking industry, both within corporate finance and financial markets. Between 2000 and 2012, he was a Member of the Management Board of BGL BNP Paribas in Luxembourg. During this time he also assumed senior roles at Fortis Bank in the Institutional Banking and Global Markets divisions. During his distinguished career, Mr Scharfe has worked extensively in international capital markets, asset management and investment funds. He is a recognised expert in capital markets and a regular commentator in the financial press.He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nancy, France and is an alumni of INSEAD and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidneyis the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions.  Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 120 organsations involved in its development and governance; developing green securitisation as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets; working with the Chinese central bank’s green finance task force on how to grow green bonds in China; and with investment banks, investors and regulators around the world on growing green bond markets. Mr Kidney is a Consultant (Green Bonds) to the United Nations Secretary General; a member of the German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport”; and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.

Azeema  Adam

Azeema Adam

Maldives Monetary Authority

Dr Azeema Adam is the Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), which is the Central Bank of the Maldives. In this position, Dr Adam represents the small island nation at the international arena and holds a key role in economic policy making and strategic management of the country’s economy. She has worked to draw attention to the significant challenges facing small island developing states in generating financing for development, in particular, the SDGs, climate financing, and economic diversification. Prior to being appointed Governor in 2014, Dr Adam previously held the positions of Assistant Governor and Chief Economist, having joined the MMA in 1991. Dr Adam holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra, Australia, an MSc in International Development and Finance from the University of Leicester, UK, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Canberra, Australia. In her PhD research, Dr Adam developed an in-depth analysis of the most effective exchange rate system for the Maldives, the economy of which is heavily reliant on foreign currencies. This research has played a significant role in her current work in shaping economic policies on currency exchange. 

Alesandro Canta

Alesandro Canta

Head of Finance and Insurance
Andreas  Spiegel

Andreas Spiegel

Head of Group Sustainability Risk
Swiss Re

Andreas Spiegel is Head of Group Sustainability Risk at Swiss Re. The unit drives strategic efforts to integrate environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities into Swiss Re's business practices and operations, it manages reputational risks associated with sensitive business transactions and it manages the dialogue with Swiss Re's public stakeholders to include governments, UN organisations, associations, long-term investors, NGOs and the public. Mr Spiegel co-chaired the UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance from 2013-2015 (currently he acts as a board member) and he is a member of the Financial Stability Board Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. In his former role as Senior Climate Change Advisor for Swiss Re, he was steered Swiss Re's climate change strategy and execution of strategic initiatives to assess and manage risks, seize business opportunities (public sector risk transfer solutions, renewable energy, agricultural micro insurance), influence the business environment and position Swiss Re as a thought leader on the topic. From 2009 to 2010, he was a member of the official Swiss Federal climate delegation to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, and he has represented Swiss Re on the topic in various external organisations (UNEP FI Steering Committee, UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group, Climate Group, Climate Wise, Geneva Association, Economiesuisse). In his previous roles as consultant for Accenture and as climate change expert for UBS, Mr Spiegel gained comprehensive insights into the environmental risk landscape of financial institutions. Dr Spiegel holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Environmental Sciences from the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland (ETH), with environmental micro-biology and energy technology as specialist subjects. 

Peter Damgaard Jensen

Peter Damgaard Jensen

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Damgaard Jensen has served as Chief Executive Officer of PKA since 2001.  Prior to joining PKA he held different management positions at the Danish Nurses Organisation.  He started his career at the Association of County Council in Denmark.  Mr Damgaard Jensen is a  member of the board in The Danish Insurance Association and has previously been chairman and vice chairman of the board.  He is the vice chairman of the board in PKA+ Pensions Ltd and the vice-chairman in Forca Ltd (two companies in the pension fund and life insurance industry).  Mr Damgaard Jensen is also vice chairman in MajInvest and member of the advisory board at Axcel Ltd (leading Danish private equity Company’s).  Between 2001 and 2008, he was a member of the advisory board of The Danish Climate Investment Fund for climate investments in emerging markets,  Mr Damgaard Jensen holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Aarhus.

Nick  Earlam

Nick Earlam

Plexus Cotton Group

Nick Earlam is the CEO and founder of Plexus Cotton Limited, a cotton producer and merchant which he founded in 1990. Today, Plexus turns over more than half a billion dollars annually and through its overseas operations, employs several thousand people world-wide with operations in China, Australia and numerous sub-Saharan African countries.

Mr Earlam has made Plexus a leader in sustainable practices, and has established Africa’s (and only the world’s second) first vertically integrated sustainable cotton textile and garment operation in Uganda. This innovative “field-to-fashion” practice cuts out abuse and environmental waste in the supply chain. Mr Earlam is a Trustee of the Cotton Made in Africa Foundation.

Alice Garton

Alice Garton

Senior Lawyer, Company and Financial Project Lead

Alice Garton joined ClientEarth in April 2015 as the Company and Financial Project Leader. Prior to joining ClientEarth, she worked as a litigation lawyer at Olswang (in London) and Clayton Utz (in Australia), and as a company lawyer at Brookfield Multiplex, where she managed the complex Wembley Stadium dispute. In parallel to her litigation practice, Ms Garton developed corporate social responsibility programmes at Clayton Utz and Brookfield. At Brookfield she also advised the Board of Directors on the UK and EU climate change regulatory regimes, including identifying strategic business opportunities in the green economy. Ms Garton has researched and written about various issues in international environmental law through her work at Chatham House in 2006 and in her other roles. Ms Garton has two first class degrees: a double degree in Law and Politics, and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from University College London (UCL).

 Simon  Zadek

Simon Zadek

UNEP Inquiry: Design of a Sustainable Financial System
Saadia Madsbjerg

Saadia Madsbjerg

Managing Director
The Rockefeller Foundation

Saadia Madsbjerg joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As managing director, she leads the foundation’s work on innovation. Her responsibilities include shaping and scaling up innovative finance solutions that raise private sector investment capital for the social sector in pursuit of the foundation’s dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies.

Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms Madsbjerg was the senior vice-president for strategic planning at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). There she led a portfolio of projects focused on creating more equitable and resilient growth for New York City. These included ideas ranging from economic diversification and promoting upward income mobility to economic and community development in underused neighborhoods. Before joining NYCEDC, Ms Madsbjerg was head of the strategy and analytics team for Cisco’s TelePresence Technology Group, and an associate principal at McKinsey & Company.

Ms Madsbjerg holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, and George Washington University and she has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and Boston College.

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director
UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds joined the PRI in 2013. She has overall responsible for the PRI’s operations globally.She has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, working in particular with the Australian government, and has played a key role in advocating pension policy change on behalf of working Australians. She has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women.

Prior to joining the PRI, Ms Reynolds spent seven years as Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST). She has formerly been a director of AUSfund, Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR and the National Network of Women in Super. In September 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy. Ms Reynolds also serves on the Councils of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Tomorrow’s Company, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University and the Business for Peace Steering Committee.

Benjamin  Sporton

Benjamin Sporton

Chief Executive
World Coal Association

Benjamin Sporton was appointed Chief Executive of the World Coal Association (WCA) in 2015. In this role he is working to improve the World Coal Association’s presence as the global voice of coal. Mr Sporton served as the Association’s Acting Chief Executive from 2014, as Deputy Chief Executive from 2012 and as Policy Director from 2010. In this capacity he has lead the WCA’s strategic and business planning and policy work with a particular focus on energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues. Mr Sporton regularly attends United Nations climate negotiations on behalf of the global coal industry.

Prior to joining the World Coal Association, Mr Sporton held senior policy and leadership roles in United Kingdom and Australia. His achievements have included leading legislative reforms through the South Australian parliament to reform the state’s ailing workers’ compensation system, supporting the Mayor of London’s consultation on extension of the London Congestion Charge and modernising conduct of UK elections at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He holds an honours degree in Politics from the University of Adelaide, Australia and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Australian Institute of Management.

Dirk  Forrister

Dirk Forrister

President and CEO
Internation Emissions Trading Association

Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds.  Earlier in his career, Mr Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration.  Prior to that, he was Assistant US Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Legislative Counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper.  He was also Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund.  Mr Forrister also now serves on the Board of Directors of the Verified Carbon Standard and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.

Stanislas  Dupré

Stanislas Dupré

Founder and Global Director
2 Degrees Investing Initiative
Per  Lekander

Per Lekander

Fund Manager
Lansdowne Partners

Per Lekander is a Fund Manager at Lansdowne Partners. He joined the company in start up an energy focused hedge fund. He joined from Forges Bank Investment Management, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, where he was Portfolio Manager for Utilities. Prior to joining Norges Bank, Mr Lekander was Managing Director at UBS. In this capacity he was voted Best European utilities analyst 7 times in the two top surveys, Institutional Investor and Reuters Extel.Mr Lelander r has also been management consultant with McKinsey&Co, and a Principal Administrator at the OECD/IEA and Head of Unit at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.Mr Lekander holds a PhD in Economics and a MSc in Power Engineering.

Nathaniel  Keohane

Nathaniel Keohane

Vice President, Global Climate
Environmental Defense Fund
Jennifer  Anderson

Jennifer Anderson

Responsible Investment Officer
TPT Retirement Solutions
Alexis  Gazzo

Alexis Gazzo

Climate Change and Sustainability Services Partner
Ernst & Young
Julien  Bras

Julien Bras

SRI Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
Allianz Global Investors Europe
Ronald  Steenblik

Ronald Steenblik

Special Counsellor, Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform
OECD Trade & Agriculture Directorate
Hans-Peter  Egler

Hans-Peter Egler

Global Infrastructure Basel
Eric  Idiahi

Eric Idiahi

Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director

Eric Idiahi is Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director of Verod Capital, a Nigerian investment firm which he co-founded with Danladi Verheijen in 2008. Verod has grown into a leading firm in the region, managing over US$200mn in assets. Its objective is to develop a portfolio of companies that generate positive social and economic impact in West Africa.

It was named one of the “Top 20 Funds to Watch in 2016” by Private Equity Africa and “Best Private Equity Firm Nigeria 2015” by Global Banking & Finance Review. Verod was amongst the original signatories of the COP22 African Financial Institutions’ Commitment on Low Carbon Development, alongside organisations including the African Development Bank, Africa 50, and CDG. Prior to Verod, Mr Idiahi served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Fountainhead Media Group, and held positions at Financial Derivatives Company and ChevronTexaco. He graduated from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. 

Mathew  Nelson

Mathew Nelson

Global and Asia-Pacific Climate Change and Sustainability Leader
Ernst & Young
Abyd  Karmali

Abyd Karmali

Managing Director, Climate Finance
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Chair (1)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Environment Correspondent
Financial Times

Pilita Clark was appointed Environment Correspondent in May 2011, having previously been the Aerospace Correspondent and Deputy News Editor on the main news desk at the Financial Times, and then Deputy Editor of the FT Magazine. In her current role Ms Clark covers all environmental issues, from climate change to wildlife and renewable energy, but has a particular focus on the impact of low-carbon policies on businesses and investors. Before joining the FT in 2003 as a Commissioning Editor on the FT Magazine, Ms Clark was a Senior Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she was a Political Reporter in Washington DC and Canberra. She was also Managing Editor of The Eye news magazine in Sydney, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Agenda - 23rd May

  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the FT Chair
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address
  • 9:30am
    Presentation: Risk and Opportunity in the New Climate Economy

    Climate change has significant implications for businesses, for financial markets and investors and for the relative wealth and competitive positions of the world’s economies and financial centres.  The World Bank estimates that some 158trn of assets-double the total output of the global economy could be in jeopardy without preventable action. Understanding these risks is vital to ensure capital is allocated appropriately, avoiding the risk of stranded assets, the exacerbation of global warming and ensuing that money is channelled to serving the needs of the new climate economy.

    • What are the climate scenarios and their impact on business, capital markets and the economy?
    • Is green growth now aligned with economic growth?
    • What does the greening of China mean for the country’s own growth and for the world? Will China lead in climate finance? What are the implications for the world’s financial centres?
    • What are the emerging opportunities for financial institutions and investors?

    John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change Group, The World Bank 

    Eric Idiahi, Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director, Verod

  • 9:45am
    Presentation: Climate Change Disclosure and Liability-Implications for Companies and Investors

    Recent actions by the New York Attorney General against companies which have failed to adequately disclose material, physical, regulatory, legislative and reputational risks to their business from climate change have serious implications for climate vulnerable companies, and for those who invest in them-from the potential for criminal and civil actions, restitutions as well as loss of social license. How might climate disclosure laws and regulations evolve, and what are the risk for companies and investors?

    Alice Garton, Senior Lawyer. Company and Financial Project Lead, ClientEarth

  • 10:05am
    Panel: Greening the Global Financial System: A Financial Sector Roadmap to a Sustainable Future

    The Paris agreement has galvanised the financial community to the cause of tackling the challenge of climate change, yet green finance remains marginal to global capital flows and inadequate to global needs.

    • What needs to happen for green finance to reach its full potential? How can barriers to financial sector participation be addressed?
    • What can governments do to enable financiers and investor to ‘take the long-term view’ (e.g. harnessing the public balance sheet, market incentives, environmental legislation, market coherence, encouraging cultural transformation, blended finance, enhanced information flows)
    • Green quantitative easing: what role could monetary policy play in building the new green economy?
    • How can today’s ‘inefficient, ineffective and fragile’ financial system-the underlying plumbing, structures and the culture of finance be transformed to better meet the needs of the green economy?
    • How can the disruption to the financial system underpinned by ‘fintech’ be aligned with green finance (for instance for raising capital, assessing risks, reducing capital costs and blending financial and non-financial returns by reducing transaction costs e.g. pay- as- you-go solar systems)? 

    Dr Azeema Adam, Governor, Maldives Monetary Authority

    Alexander Barkawi, Founder and Director, Council on Economic Policies (CEP) 

    Simon Zadek, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry: Design of a Sustainable Financial System

    Assaad Razzouk, Chairman and CEO, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

  • 10:45am
    Panel:The Achilles Heel of Climate Finance-Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    Green bonds and other financial instruments may eventually do more to encourage clean energy investment, but it their success be cancelled out if governments keep spending so much on subsidising fossil fuels.  Can governments justify continuing support of fossil fuels while simultaneously backing the Paris agreement?

    Ronald Steenblik, Special Counsellor, Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform, OECD Trade & Agriculture Directorate

    Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PKA and Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (ICGCC)

    Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive, World Coal Association

  • 11:25am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:45am
    Emissions Impossible? Carbon Markets and other Regulatory Mechanisms

    Countries will need to raise their ambitions if the objective of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees, and promoting efforts towards avoiding 1.5 degrees is to be met. Carbon markets have the potential to play a significant role. To date, some 40 countries and 23 cities have some level of trading systems in place covering some 12 % of global emissions. The Paris accord commits signature countries to achieve 25% coverage of emissions by 2020 with a doubling again by 2030.The opening of China’s national trade systems in 2017 will further build momentum in the global carbon markets.

    However, in some jurisdictions, carbon market schemes are still likely to be politically impossible for some time to come. And not all carbon markets are currently pricing emissions anywhere near high enough to accurately reflect a >1.5-2C commitments. In the US, for example, domestic rules on coal-fired power emissions have been one of the most effective regulatory measures. Carbon taxes, car fleet standards, industrial efficiency requirements are just a few of the alternatives to carbon markets that governments around the world have introduced, whether or not they have explicitly targeted greenhouse gas emissions with those measures. How can investors, financiers and companies prepare for a 1.5 - 2C world when the market signal is weak or non-existent?


    • Will carbon markets expand at scale?
    • Are carbon markets the most effective way of meeting emissions targets and creating incentives to invest in low-carbon technology and infrastructure? What is the evidence that they change behaviours and contribute a real dent in emissions?
    • What are the prospects for China’s carbon markets? Will China show the world how climate trading is done?
    • What are the lessons from the experiences of pioneering local, regional and national carbon markets (e.g. EU ETS, California?).  How are concerns regarding the integrity of markets and carbon leakage be met?
    • What would be ‘best in class’ emissions trading scheme look like?
    • Will we see a global carbon price and if so, what could be the possible timescale? 

    Session Keynote: Mat Nelson, Global and Asia-Pacific Climate Change and Sustainability Leader, EY

    Gareth Phillips, Chief Climate and Green Officer, African Development Bank (AfDB)

    Dirk Forrister, President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association

    Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President of Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund


  • 12:30pm
    Panel: Financing Green Infrastructure: Investor Tales from the Frontline-Who is Making and Losing Money in Green Finance?

    Per Lekander, Fund Manager, Lansdowne Partners

    Hans-Peter Egler, CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel

  • 1:10pm
  • 2:10pm
    Presentation: Advancing the Global Resilience Agenda-The Role of Insurance in Tacking Climate Change

    Andreas Spiegel,Head of Group Sustainability Risk, Swiss Re  

    Saadia Madsbjerg, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: Financing Adaptation and Resilience: What are the Viable Business Models?

    Urgent action is needed not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to help countries finance resilience and prepare for world of dramatic climate and weather extremes. Developed countries, however, are fiscally constrained and momentum is gathering around the need to mobilize private finance as the solution to meeting the Paris agreed commitment of $100bn a year for adaptation and resilience in the developed world. To date, most action to deal with climate change has been invested in clean energy and other technologies to curb emissions. Measures to adapt to climate change rarely offer a clear rate of return, and investors have been deterred from participating in this market. New ways will need to be found to define adaption, create standards, lower risks and smooth obstacles for the investors who have the money to take the actions that’s needed at scale.

    • What are the viable business models for adaptation and resilience?
    • How are technological tools for assessing climate adaptation and impact risks improving? Are we risking data asymmetry?
    • Is there too much reliance and hope placed in mobilising private finance? How suited is private finance to meet these financing goals-will private finance struggle to meet the essential adaptation needs of poor and marginalised people?

    Dr Barbara Buchner, Director, Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance 

    Nick Earlam, CEO,Plexus Cotton 

    Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Climate Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • 3:10pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 3:25pm
    Panel: Green Bonds and Beyond: Mobilising Debt for Climate Action

    This session will take an in-depth look at how the global debt markets can be harnessed in the financing of the transition/for green projects.

    • How can the universe of green bonds be expanded?
    • What are the barriers to growth and how can they be addressed (e.g. market integrity, standardisation, growth of local markets, reducing cost, improving returns), Does self-regulation work?
    • What are the potential next growth markets for green bonds (e.g. municipal and city, industrial efficiency, ICT)? Innovation in green bonds-what next (e.g. asset-backed green bonds)?
    • Should ‘brown ‘companies be allowed to issues green bonds?
    • What impact will green bond issues be in reducing carbon emissions (how much is ‘greenwash’ and how much is real change)?

    Robert Scharfe, Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg)

    Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

    Allesandro Canta, Head of Finance and Insurance, Enel

    Julien Bras, SRI Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors Europ

    Alexis Gazzo, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Partner, EY

  • 4:10pm
    Keynote Address or FT CEO Interview
  • 4:30pm
    Will Institutional Investors Embrace Low-Carbon Strategies?

    In this concluding session of the Summit, a panel of leading asset managers to include pension fund managers, sovereign wealth managers and insurers will discuss the on-going barriers to institution investors taking part more fully in financing the low-carbon transition: How are their strategies evolving in the light of the Paris accord and market developments? How can they bring their portfolios with the 2 degrees’ threshold? What low-carbon strategies (e.g. divestment, engagement or investing directly in low-carbon technologies and businesses) are they adopting? Which strategies are more effective in terms of both returns, and in contribution to meeting the 2 degrees objective?

    Frédéric Samama, Deputy Global Head of Institutional Clients and Sovereign Entities Amundi Asset Management

    Stanislas Dupré, Founder and Global Director, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative

    Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, UN PRI

    Jennifer Anderson, Responsible Investment Officer, TPT Retirement Solutions

  • 5:10pm
    Closing Remarks from the FT Chair

Why Attend

  • Learn how investment portfolios are adjusting to 2 degrees
  • Hear who's making and losing money in green finance: can renewables be profitable?
  • Get the inside track on green quantitative easing and the role monetary policy could play in growing the green economy
  • Discover how climate disclosure laws and regulations are evolving and the risk for companies and investors
  • Keep abreast of China's drive to lead in climate finance and the implications for the world's financial centres
  • Discuss how business models and risk models are evolving to scale up investment in adaptation and resilience
  • Explore the new frontiers in climate finance: aligning fintech with climate finance, and the expanding universe of green bonds
  • Debate the big issues of the day: Is financial stability possible without environmental stability?

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Global Climate Finance Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Banks and Security Houses
  • Investors-Fund / Asset Managers, Pension Funds. Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Insurers, Reinsuers and Environmental Risk Management
  • Infrastructure Finance and Investment
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Stock Exchanges and Stock Indexes
  • Corporate Issuers and Underwriters
  • Carbon Markets and Trading
  • Climate / Environment Lawyers and Consultants
  • Credit Rating Agencies
  • Multilateral Investment Banks
  • Energy Companies:Oil & Gas; Power; Clean Energy/Renewables
  • Cleantech Companies
  • Green Bonds / Debt Markets
  • Green Bond Verification and Certification Agencies


The FT Clean Energy Week consists of three separate events, FT Climate Finance Summit, FT Energy Transition Strategies and the FT Circular Economy Summit.

Below is our fee's to attend one event, two events or all three events.







1 Day Ticket

£799 + VAT

£899 + VAT

2 Day Ticket

£1,299 + VAT

£1,399 + VAT

3 Day Ticket

£1,599 + VAT

£1,699 + VAT



InterContinental London Park Lane
One Hamilton Place
London W1J 7QY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3131



We have arranged special accommodation rates at the InterContinental Park Lane for the nights of 22 May - 24 May at £295 + VAT per night.

To secure this please book online here.

Please note that rooms are limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.


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LFF connects international investors to the range of financial services provided in Luxembourg, such as investment funds, wealth management, capital market operations or advisory services. In addition to being the first port of call for foreign journalists, LFF cooperates with the various professional associations and monitors global trends in finance, providing the necessary material on products and services available in Luxembourg. Furthermore, LFF manages multiple communication channels, organises seminars in international business locations, and takes part in selected world-class trade fairs and congresses.

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Eurosif is the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) membership organisation. Its mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets. Eurosif works as a partnership of Europe-based national Sustainable Investment Fora (SIFs) with the direct support of their network which spans over 400 Europe-based organisations drawn from the sustainable investment industry value chain. These organisations include institutional investors, asset managers, financial services, index providers and ESG research and analysis firms totalling over €8 trillion in total assets.

On the 10th of November 2016, Eurosif launched its biennial SRI Study, unveiling the trends that have shaped the SRI market in the past two years and discussing the future of SRI in Europe. To find out more about the Study, please click here.

IETA is a nonprofit business organisation created in 1999 to serve businesses engaged in the field of carbon markets. Our objective is to build international policy and market frameworks for reducing greenhouse gases at lowest cost. Our vision is a single global carbon price produced by markets of high environmental integrity. We pursue this vision with an eye to pragmatism, political reality and sound economics.
Our membership includes leading international companies from across the carbon trading cycle. IETA members seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable greenhouse gas emission reductions, while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity. IETA aims to ensure that system design, implementation and review deliver a functioning, efficient market. The association upholds its principles by acting as a think tank, a convener of dialogues, an advocate, a market promoter and acting as a body that is able to drive market standards. As of September 2016, IETA comprises around 140 international companies from OECD and non-OECD countries.

Organiser (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.


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Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Angela Letinov
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times
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Commercial Manager - Energy, Climate & Commodities
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Marketing And Media Enquiries