Conference: Finance driving sustainability – exploring opportunities and obstacles

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  • Stockholm
  • May 14, 2019
  • Tuesday, 8:30AM to 17:00PM

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Conference: Finance driving sustainability – exploring opportunities and obstacles

Stockholm

Tuesday, 8:30AM to 17:00PM
May 14, 2019

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Stockholm Institute of Transition Economies (SITE) & (SSFC)

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Conference: Finance driving sustainability – exploring opportunities and obstacles

Stockholm

Tuesday, 8:30AM to 17:00PM
May 14, 2019

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Welcome to the 2nd conference of the Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance, organised by the Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre in collaboration with WWF and Mistra Center for Sustainable Finance (MISUM).


This conference will explore the opportunities investors have to steer their portfolios towards sustainability and discuss how obstacles can be overcome. How can science-based targets help, and what are investors’ experiences with using methods for aligning their portfolios with the Paris climate targets? How can investors be effective active owners? How can investments be geared towards more long-term sustainable value creation?

The role of investors in mitigating climate change

Victor Galaz, Deputy Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, will deliver the keynote “Finance and the Earth System.” Dr Galaz will discuss work showing how a handful of international investors are linked to economic activities that influence the stability of some of the world’s largest forests, and hence the global climate.

The first morning session will examine the extent to which investors are on track to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. In particular, this session will look at the role of science-based targets. Eric Usher, Head of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), will address panellists on the “Principles of Responsible Banking.”


Northern Europe: Leadership in sustainable finance


One year after the adoption of the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, Marie Baumgarts of SEB, member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, will be among those discussing the EU Action plan from a Northern European perspective.


The conference’s final session will look at highlights of Northern European leadership in sustainable finance, featuring Ulf Erlandsson of the Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, among others.


Join us for an exchange between practitioners in the finance sector, representatives from international organisations, and researchers on topical questions in sustainable finance.