Aligning finance for the net zero economy: new ideas from leading thinkers

Presented by

Ben Caldecott (Oxford University) | Dennis Pamlin (RISE) | Kirsten Dunlop (Climate-KIC) | Eric Usher (UNEP FI)

About this talk

EIT Climate-KIC has partnered with UNEP FI to produce this ‘thought leadership’ series that aims to inspire financial actors worldwide to move from risk to alignment, challenge current assumptions around climate alignment and develop ideas and concepts on how alignment can best be achieved. We hope to encourage stakeholders that a proactive climate response is not only about disclosing risks, but also about investing in green opportunities that can enable the low emissions societies of the future. This series convenes innovators and industry experts to provoke discussion, challenge the status quo and guide the transformation of business and finance towards a sustainable future. “1. Achieving Alignment in Finance" The first in this series will be presented by Dr Ben Caldecott, who explores what climate alignment means for financial institutions, the barriers faced by financial institutions wishing to align their portfolios, and finally taking a more granular look at what alignment might mean for various dimensions of financial practice across asset classes. "2. Transformations Required to Deliver 1.5°C and Global Sustainability" The second paper is from Dennis Pamlin, who takes a look at the actions necessary to deliver a 1.5°C society and how the roles of economic and financial stakeholders need to transform in response to the 4th industrial revolution.

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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 240 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.