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Taking temperature, Part 2: Upcoming Climate Change Regulations

Thanks to investor demand, institutional initiatives, and the Biden-Harris Administration, policymakers are increasingly focused on climate change regulation in the US. This webinar will discuss the status of climate-related policy developments by the SEC, Fed and CFTC, how investors may be impacted and how the proposed approaches compare with those in Europe. Expert panelists will provide a deep dive into the methodology and increased transparency needed to future proof climate indices in order to comply with the new developments.

This webinar is a follow up from one hosted in February 2021: Taking temperature for 2021: Investment solutions for challenging climate change.


Rodolphe Bocquet, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Qontigo
Nina Chen, Director of Sustainability and Climate Initiatives, New York Department of Financial Services
Stan Dupre, Founding Partner, 2° Investing Ventures
Greg Hershman, Senior Specialist, U.S. Policy, PRI
Viola Lutz, Deputy Head of Climate Solutions, ISS ESG
Recorded Jun 2 2021 60 mins
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