Finance Watch Conference on Sustainable Finance

Date: 6 December 2017
Time: 08:30 - 13:00
Venue: The Square, Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels

Accelerating EU leadership in sustainable finance

Building financial systems for a sustainable future


On 6 December 2017, Finance Watch organised a half-day conference on accelerating the EU's leadership in sustainable finance with the support of the European Investment Bank


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Keynote from Oliver Guersent, Director General of DG FISMA, European Commission


Keynote from Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Professor of Environmental Sciences at Université catholique de Louvain – “The low carbon transition path”  


Discussion panel: Getting a sustainable economy off the ground

What are the obstacles to carbon pricing? How are stranded assets affected? How do we get to a higher carbon price? What is missing from the EU’s ETS? What would a carbon border tax achieve? Can internal/shadow carbon pricing do the job? Success stories

  • Pierre-Emmanuel Noel, Senior Banker, European Investment Bank
  • Anthony Hobley, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Tracker Initiative 
  • Dr Luca Taschini, LSE Grantham Institute and University of Verona
  • Peter Sweatman, CEO of Climate Strategy

Moderator: Mireille Martini, Senior Research and Advocacy Officer, Finance Watch


Discussion panel: A just transition

The low carbon transition opens the path of energy for all; what is the upside potential for jobs and communities; the opportunity to challenge abuses of nature and local economies; what is the role of communities, government, pension funds, impact investors?

  • Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher at SOMO, HLEG member  
  • Andrea Baranes, President of Fondazione Finanza Etica
  • Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore, CEO of Novethic, HLEG
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor  


Discussion panel: Beyond the HLEG – what EU policy agenda?

What should the Commission do next? Green bond standards, green and brown prudential rules, fiduciary rules, ESG labelling, redirecting retail investment, updating EU institutions

  • Paul Tang MEP (S&D, NL)
  • Sven Giegold MEP (Greens, DE)
  • Felicia Stanescu, Head of Financial Services Policy and International Affairs unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Sebastian Godinot, Economist, WWF European Policy Office 

Moderator:  James Vaccaro, Triodos // Replaced by Greg Ford, strategy and policy adviser, Finance Watch