Making Sense of Net Zero: Financing the transition to net zero

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DAY 2 – Wednesday 21st September 2022 

Financing the transition to net zero 

Investors and companies have a pivotal role to play in the transition to net zero, laying the groundwork for a more stable and sustainable economy. Funding this future will require, by some estimates, up to an extra $3.5 trillion a year, creating a major shift in capital allocation. Given a plethora of net zero pledges have now been made across the financial sector, have we seen a discernible difference in investments and financial activities over the last year?

Day 2 will discuss progress made in the financial sector, and actions still needed to meet net zero commitments. It will also provide investors, insurers and banks with practical insights and useful pointers to help them successfully integrate climate considerations into their investment process. 

This free-to-attend event is a unique opportunity for leaders of business and policy to come together and put their collective expertise behind addressing some of the immediate challenges that will shape the COP27 agenda, as well as accelerating the pace of change brought about by COP26. 

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2022 featured speakers across the series:

  • The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President
  • The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
  • The Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chairman, UK Climate Change Committee
  • Lord Browne, Chairman of BeyondNetZero and former CEO of BP
  • Mary D. Nichols, Former Chair of the California Air Resources Board
  • Sir Douglas Flint CBE, Chairman, abrdn
  • Louise Heaps, Head of Sustainable Blue Economy, WWF
  • Andy Bord, CEO, Flood Re
  • Vance Merolla, Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Sonya Bhonsle, Global Head of Value Chains & Regional Director Corporations, CDP
  • Anders Schelde, Chief Investment Officer, AkademikerPension
  • Pontus Lidbrink, Head of Thematic Strategies and Implementation, Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4)
  • Mark Campanale, Founder & Executive Chairman, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Julian Leslie, Head of Networks and Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO
  • Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Dolf Gielen, Director for Innovation and Technology, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Mardi McBrien, Director of Strategic Alliances, IFRS Foundation
  • David Craig, Co-Chair, Taskforce for Nature-Related Disclosures (TNFD) and former CEO and founder of Refinitiv
  • Demetrios Papathanasiou, Energy and Extractives Global Director, World Bank
  • Karen Sack, Executive Director, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)
  • Michael Lewis, Head of Research ESG, DWS
  • Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors 
  • Rachel Barré, Environmental Leadership Director, L’Oréal
  • Mafalda Duarte, CEO, Climate Investment Funds
  • James Alexander, Chief Executive, UKSIF
  • Eero Ailio, Advisor, Directorate for Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency & Innovation, European Commission
  • Morgan Richmond, Senior Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Aline Casagrande, Climate Solutions Global Director, AB InBev
  • Dr. Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director, IRADe
  • Florian Kemmerich, Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital Partners
  • Peter Munro, Head of Division, European Investment Bank 



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Pontus Lidbrink
Head of Thematic Strategies and Implementation, Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4)

Pontus Lidbrink, CFA, is heading the Thematic team at AP4 and is responsible for the global equity mandate of around 20 bln USD. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at SEB. AP4 was one of the pioneering investors in low carbon strategies and currently they are lowering the carbon footprint by over 50%, aiming for net neutrality by 2040. Today the portfolio consists of both quantitative and fundamentally selected equity strategies.

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David Craig
Co-Chair, Taskforce for Nature-Related Disclosures (TNFD) and former CEO and founder of Refinitiv

David Craig is the current Co-chair of TNFD, former CEO and Founder of Refinitiv, a major global provider of data, analytics and technology to financial markets, and Strategic Advisor to London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). He was previously a partner at McKinsey and Group Head of Strategy for Reuters plc.

He has been a leader in developing the data and infrastructure that markets need to mainstream sustainability and has a wealth of experience in forging partnerships between data, insight and technology providers and financial markets. David was one of the driving forces behind the deal which transformed the LSEG into a leading data provider and orchestrated the buyout of Thomson Reuters with a private equity consortium led by Blackstone to form Refinitiv. David is on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Banking Governors Board, and the WEF Digital Disruption and Innovation group. He also co-chairs the India-UK Financial Services Partnership (IUKFP).

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Michael Lewis
Head of Research ESG, DWS

Michael joined the Company in 1990. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division. Before this, he was a G10 FX strategist and Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Michael began his career as a research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell.
BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol; MSc (Econ) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Sir Douglas Flint CBE
Chairman, abrdn
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Louise Heaps
Head of Sustainable Blue Economy, WWF

Louise Heaps is WWF’s global lead on Sustainable Blue Economy. She has worked in ocean conservation and natural resource management for over 25 years, leading ocean policy and field-based programmes in developed and developing countries, with 5 years in the Pacific Islands region as WWF’s South Pacific Conservation Director. Louise subsequently led WWF-UK’s domestic and international ocean programme before becoming their Marine Chief Adviser. After completing an Executive MBA at the University of Exeter in 2016, focusing her dissertation on sustainable ocean finance, Louise led the process to develop the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles in partnership with the European Commission, European Investment Bank and the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. She is now a member of the UNEP FI steering group for the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative.

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Karen Sack
Executive director, Ocean risk and resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)

Karen has worked on ocean conservation, law and policy for the past three decades. Karen previously served as CEO of Ocean Unite, co-founded with Sir Richard Branson and José María Figueres. Previously, she held senior roles at The Pew Charitable Trusts and Greenpeace International. Karen has spearheaded global campaigns to secure a new UN high seas biodiversity treaty, establish large marine reserves and end illegal fishing and high seas bottom trawling. She initiated the Global Ocean Commission. Karen is originally from South Africa and now lives in the United States.

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Anders Schelde
Chief Investment Officer, AkademikerPension

Anders Schelde is the Chief Investment Officer at AkademikerPension.​ AkademikerPension is a 2nd pillar mandatory Danish labour market pension scheme, and together with his team, Anders manages the EUR 19bn worth of retirement savings on behalf of the schemes more than 150.000 members. AkademikerPension manages its assets with the mission of providing high returns on a responsible basis, and aims to be among the leading ESG orientated investors in its home market. ​

Previously to joining AkademikerPension in 2017, Anders worked more than 25 years at other leading Nordic financial institutions, including 17 years at Nordea Asset Management of which 9 years as CIO at Nordea Life & Pension, Denmark.​

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Mardi McBrien
Director of Strategic Alliances, IFRS Foundation

Mardi McBrien is a Director at the IFRS Foundation where she is currently playing an active role in setting up the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Prior to the IFRS Foundation, Mardi spent over a decade leading the global ESG standard setter, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and the multi-award-winning team to develop high quality disclosure standards and thought leadership on environmental and social issues to drive greater consistency and comparability of information reported to capital markets.

Mardi has enjoyed a vibrant career which involved her leading high profile flagship environmental campaigns for WWF, to working on the United Kingdom’s carbon market policy for their Department for Energy and Climate Change and public private partnership management for the UK timber supply chain. Originally qualifying as a forester and environmental scientist in Australia (Melbourne University) and agricultural economist (UK, SOAS), her volunteer activities include being the trustee of one of the oldest environmental NGOs in the world, the International Tree Foundation, a founding Board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management / W+ Standard, a school governor and a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Advisory Committee. Mardi was awarded UK environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation in 2013 and in 2021 and was selected as one of the ESG Foundation’s ones to watch.

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Mark Campanale
Founder & Executive Chairman, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark Campanale is the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a non-profit think tank with offices in the US and UK, best known for its work on ‘stranded assets’ and the ‘carbon bubble’. These concepts are also used by asset owners to engage with the world's largest emitting companies through Climate Action 100+; by the fossil fuel divestment movement; and investors & regulators looking to set decarbonisation pathways for the fossil fuel sector.

Prior to forming Carbon Tracker in 2011, Mark spent twenty years sustainable financial markets as a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital, and Henderson Global Investors.

Mark has served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003); founder of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006. He is now on the Advisory Board of GFANZ (the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero) and a member of the advisory council of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation’s Conservation & Markets Initiative. He is an Advisor to Faith Invest; a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s sustainable finance programme; and in 2021 and winner of the CEREs/Trillum Capital Lifetime Achievement Award on Sustainable Finance. Mark was made an Ashoka Fellow in 2020.

Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics.

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James Alexander
Chief Executive, UKSIF

James Alexander joined UKSIF as Chief Executive in October 2020, with a strong vision and mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in promoting and expanding sustainable investment and finance in the UK.

James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations. Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions. James has worked on international climate finance issues at the UN level and supported cities across the world to invest their pensions and reserves more sustainably.

James is Treasurer of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) providing advice to the UK Government on implementing a UK green taxonomy and a member of the Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group (DLAG) providing advice to the FCA on the UK’s SDR and fund labelling regime.

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Peter Munro
Head of Division, European Investment Bank
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Lord Browne
Chairman of BeyondNetZero and former CEO of BP

Lord Browne is Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity venture established in partnership with General Atlantic. He served as Group Chief Executive of international energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice. He led BP through a period of significant growth and transformation, including a merger with Amoco in 1998. His landmark speech at Stanford University in 1997 established BP as a global leader in the way it thought about and sought to address climate change. In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is Chairman of Windward, a global maritime predictive intelligence company and Chairman of SparkCognition, and artificial intelligence technology company.

Lord Browne is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Rachel Barré
Environmental Leadership Director, L’Oréal

Rachel Barré began her career at L’Oréal’s Research & Innnovation department, working on the Group’s approach to sustainable innovation. She notably developed and led the Group sustainable sourcing strategy related to biodiversity-based ingredients . After eight years in the R&I department, she joined the Corporate Responsibility team to lead several program related to the implementation of nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change, including L’Oréal’s Zero deforestation policy or Carbon-Balanced program.
She is now the Environmental Leadership Director for the Group orchestrating the activation and implementation of new sustainable development program, L’Oréal for the Future. She also leads the Fondation L’Oréal’s Women & Climate program.

Rachel has a degree in agronomy with a postgraduate specialization in CSR management in business.

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