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

Presented by

Massamba Thioye (UNFCCC) | James Vaccaro & David Barmes (Climate Safe Lending Network)

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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 5th and 6th papers of this Thought Leadership Series: “#5. Making Green Bonds Serve the Climate Goals" The fifth paper in this series will be presented by Massamba Thioye from UNFCCC, who proposes a reform of the current green bond framework to incentivize mainstream financiers to buy green bonds. "#6. Financial Stability in a Planetary Emergency: the role of regulators in a burning world" The sixth paper is from James Vaccaro, Director of Re:Pattern and David Barmes, Economist at Positive Money, who explore the leadership roles of regulators and the implications for financial institutions to accelerate the transition towards a resource-efficient and inclusive economy.

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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.