As the focus on net zero is increasing, the concept of transition finance is gaining traction. While there is still no universal definition of what it encompasses, market players are actively discussing what a transition finance framework could or should look like. In 2020, the Climate Bonds Initiative published its whitepaper Financing Credible Transitions, and ICMA followed suit with its long-awaited guidelines Climate Transition Finance Handbook.

Yet the debate continues. What are the challenges linked to such a concept? How were the new guidelines perceived by the market? And can transition finance become a real trend if a clear definition is yet to be defined?

This webinar will cover all these aspects and more and showcase the perspectives of different stakeholders including issuers, external reviewers, industry associations and exchanges.

Key areas of discussion

  • Key takeaways from available guidelines for transition finance in the market
  • Transition bonds: what are the main challenges for issuers and what are the lessons learned so far?
  • What role does the increasing scrutiny of issuers’ overall sustainability strategy and pathway to net zero play in the development of new transition products?
  • What does transition finance mean for the broader financial ecosystem, including reviewers and exchanges?

Speakers

Laetitia Hamon

Moderator

Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Anna Creed

Associate Director of Thought Leadership, Climate Bonds Initiative

Kevin Ranney

Executive Director of Corporate Solutions, Sustainalytics

Paul O’Connor

Head of EMEA ESG DCM, JP Morgan

Jacob Michaelsen

Head of Sustainable Finance Advisory, Nordea

Date: 7 October 2021 – 3pm BST/10am EDT


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