TAXONOMY – Do we have what we wished for?

Presented by

Dana Hanby, Anne Schoemaker, James Alexander, Dr Susann Funke

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At the beginning of July 2021, the European Commission adopted several measures to increase its level of ambition on Sustainable Finance. One of these measures was a Delegated Act on the information to be disclosed by large financial and non-financial companies on the share of their business, investment or lending activities that are aligned with the EU Taxonomy. It specifies the content, methodology and presentation of information to be disclosed. Many welcome the direction of travel, but ever since the first ‘final’ proposal was published by TEG in 2019, concerns have been raised about taxonomy’s binary ‘green’/’non-green’ classification, administratively set thresholds, potentially negative impact on market innovation, and many others ….so do we have what we wished for? - Do we have disclosures specific to the EU Taxonomy? - How long shall we wait for other Environmental and Social criteria to be included in the Taxonomy? …and what do we do in the ‘meantime’? - What happens with the voluntary reporting by Small- and Mid- cap companies? - Does the taxonomy encourage ambitious targets or are we settling in for the ‘lowest common denominator’? - What does Taxonomy mean for investment and financing? - How does the UK taxonomy fit into this? - What happens to fossil fuels? These and many more questions we will explore with our excellent panel: Anne Schoemaker – Associate Director, EU Sustainable Action Plan – Sustainalitycs (a Morningstar Company) Dr Susann Funke – CEO & Legal Officer – LEX AI James Alexander – CEO – UKSIF Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus

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