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

Presented by

John Elkington & Richard Roberts (Volans); Jakob Thomä & Anne Schönauer (2DII)

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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. UNEP FI and EIT Climate-KIC present the 3rd and 4th papers of this Thought Leadership Series: “#3. Innovation and Tranformation: What It Will Take to Finance Net Zero" The third paper in this series will be presented by Richard Roberts and John Elkington, who explore the fundamental shift in the purpose and practice of finance - as well as the policies that determine the "rules of the game" - required to align our economy with a 1.5°C Low Energy Demand (LED) scenario. "#4. Finance 2030: A Time Travel Exercise" The fourth paper is from Jakob Thomä and Anne Schoenauer, who present a thought experiment into the key characteristics that will define the finance sector in 2030 in response to the economic transition arising from climate risks, public health challenges and economic and societal transformation.

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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.