Covid-19 has caused a social and economic crisis, but the response presents an opportunity to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable economy. 

It is against this backdrop that Environmental Finance is organising the Build Back Better Webinar Series. It will explore a range of topics, from Covid-19 bonds, investing in biodiversity, sustainability-linked loans, green taxonomy challenges and opportunities, investing in the circular economy and renewable energy. 

Taking place every Tuesday, at 15:00 (BST), the webinars are free to attend.
Recordings of the webinars will be available 48 hours after broadcast.

Join us each Tuesday:


Upcoming webinars:
   

Investing in the circular economy
Tuesday 4 August 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST



Topics to be discussed:

  • Exploring markets for the circular economy
  • What are the challenges of the circular economy?
  • The EU’s circular economy action plan
  • How should investors be thinking about the circular economy

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ivo Luiten, Senior Portfolio Manager in the Sustainable & Impact Investing Team, NN IP
  • Christina Shim, Regional Director and head of the Commercial Innovation Practice, Palladium
  • Joost van Dun, Circular Economy Lead, ING Bank

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Impact investing in the healthcare sector
Tuesday 11 August 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST



Topics to be discussed:

  • Metrics and approaches for measuring impact in the healthcare sector
  • Governments look set to pump more cash in in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic – what are the implications for investors?
  • What is appropriate for an impact investor, and what is impact washing?
  • Is big pharma OK?

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How is the financial sector preparing for COP 26?
Tuesday 18 August 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST



Topics to be discussed:

  • Where are we with respect to the Paris Agreement targets?
  • Impact of Covid-19 on climate goals
  • What action is the financial sector taking? 
  • What is the outlook for carbon pricing & emissions trading?
  • What more needs to be done?

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Water: risk, opportunity and investments
Tuesday 25 August 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST



Topics to be discussed:

  • Is water the natural capital asset that binds all other natural capital assets together?
  • Identifying water-related risks to investor portfolios
  • How are the environmental links between water and other assets understood and balanced?
  • Creating value from water-related investments
  • Improving investors’ ability to assess and price climate-related risk and opportunities

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What will the green taxonomy mean for investors?
Tuesday 1 September 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST


 
Topics to be discussed:

  • EU’s green taxonomy plans – opportunities and challenges
  • The taxonomy’s definition of transition – will nuclear and gas be included?
  • How can investors and issuers be engaging to ensure alignment with the taxonomy?
  • How has market feedback been addressed?
  • To what extent could the taxonomy framework be adapted to, and harmonised with, other markets outside the EU?
  • What is the case for a brown taxonomy?

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Digital technology and Fintech to bolster financial inclusion
Tuesday 8 September 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST



Topics to be discussed:

  • What opportunities does Fintech bring to ensuring financial inclusion?
  • Are there risks that need to be managed, such a cyber
  • Examples where progress and impact has already been made?
  • Lessons learned and next steps


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Transition bonds
Tuesday 29 September 2020
10:00 ET / 15:00BST


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Webinars on demand:

Coronabonds
1 hour



Topics discussed:

  • Covid-19 and the renewed spotlight on the “S” in ESG
  • What do Covid-19-related bonds look like, what are good eligible use of proceeds?
  • How many have been issued so far?
  • What are the implications of coronabonds for the green, social and sustainability bond market?
  • How effective are such products and in what other situations could similar bonds be utilised?


Confirmed speakers:

  • Elena Panomarenko, Senior Financial Officer, IFC
  • Lupin Rahman, Global Head of Emerging Market Sovereign Credit, Executive VP and Portfolio Manager, PIMCO
  • Théo Kotula, ESG Analyst, Axa Investment Managers
  • Willem Hettinga, Senior Responsible Investment Specialist, APG Asset Management

Click here to watch this wenir on demand. 

 


KPI-linked bonds

1 hour


Topics discussed:

  • What are the pros and the cons of KPI-linked bonds when compared with the labelled bond market?
  • Do such structures bolster the sustainable finance market or jeopardise its progress?
  • Are KPI-linked bonds a key entry point for issuers who would not be able to issue a GSS bond?
  • What do investors think of these products?
  • Will the traditional use-of-proceeds model eventually become obsolete?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jacob Michaelsen, Head of Sustainable Finance Advisors, Nordea
  • James Hay, Investment Associate, MainStreet Partners
  • Mélanie Comble, Head of Second Party Opinion Operations, ISS-ESG


Click here to watch this webinar on demand.

 

 

Exploring the rise in sustainability linked loans
1 hour



Topics discussed: 

  • Sustainability-linked loans: a good tool for driving change in corporates?
  • What efforts are being made to bring more transparency and standardisation to sustainability linked loans?
    • What standards or guidelines are being developed?
    • Setting meaningful KPI targets
  • Prospects for market growth

Confirmed speakers:

  • Cécile Moitry, Sustainable Finance Markets Co-head, BNP Paribas CIB
  • Claudia Toussaint, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Xylem
  • Jean-Claude Berthelot, Director for Sustainable Finance Solutions, Sustainalytics
  • Tess Virmani, Associate General Counsel and Executive Vice-President of Public Policy, Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA)


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Investing in Biodiversity
1 hour



Topics discussed:

  • Assessing the benefits of preserving biodiversity
  • Sectors with a key role: agriculture, fisheries, forestry
  • Potential funding sources: public, private, blended
  • Policy drivers

Confirmed speakers:

  • Albert Charlier, Senior Analyst, Vigeo Eiris
  • Bjorn Stauch, Senior Regional Director, Conservation Finance, Conservation International
  • Neha Dutt, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and UK Government Lead on the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
  • Roel Nozeman, Senior Advisor, Biodiversity, ASN Bank

Click here to view this webinar on demand.

 

 

Renewable energy: mapping out the next investment push
1 hour


Topics to be discussed:

  • Where should the focus turn for future renewable energy investment? Should the priority be new frontiers or established markets?
  • How can institutional investors be encouraged to invest further in renewable energy and, in particular, could they be key to supporting investment in underinvested areas?
  • What are the implications of the current economic disruption caused by coronavirus and the low oil price on ‘green’ energy investment?
  • How are the opportunities and challenges set to change as the renewable energy market matures and grows its global share?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Allan Baker, global head of power advisory and project finance, Société Générale
  • Marco van Daele, co-CEO and chief investment officer, SUSI Partners
  • Richard Thompson, Partner, Foresight

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Sponsorship opportunities:

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the webinars, please contact Neil Portous on +44 (0) 203 326 6269 or email neil.porteous@environmental-finance.com, to discuss your specific requirements and the opportunities available.