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Financing the transition to a climate-neutral economy

Technical workshop organised by the European Commission and the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance.

Technical workshop on financing the transition to a climate-neutral economy - Brussels - 22 April 2024 - @SFworkshop

The European Commission and the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance (Platform) held a technical workshop to discuss the uptake of the EU sustainable finance framework and to present aspects of the Platform’s work.

On 29 January 2024, the Platform published its “report on a compendium of market practices”, which was presented in a webinar on 6 February 2024. The compendium provides use cases on how different key market participants are adopting the EU sustainable finance toolkit for designing transition strategies, structuring financial transactions, and reporting on sustainability efforts. The compendium illustrates the initial implementation of the key pillars of the EU sustainable finance agenda as set out in the 2018 Commission action plan on financing sustainable growth and confirmed in the 2021 strategy for financing the transition to a sustainable economy.

Against this background, the event was intended to foster dialogue and collaboration among financial institutions, industry leaders, the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance and representatives from the European Commission. The workshop showed how the EU sustainable finance framework can mobilise green private finance and support the real economy’s transition efforts, offering business and investment opportunities to companies. Representatives of the Platform presented the compendium and its concrete use cases and discuss transition finance policies, such as transition plans and the connection with the EU taxonomy. Finally, the Platform presented its intermediate report on monitoring capital flows, which includes a methodology to measure the effective contribution of finance towards the objectives of the European green deal, drawing on regulatory disclosures as well as market trends.

Participants also had the opportunity to attend an informal networking event offered by the International Sustainable Finance Centre z.ú. (ISFC).

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Speeches

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Welcome Speech by Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Deputy Director General at DG FISMA, at the technical workshop on financing the transition to a climate-neutral economy
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Welcome Speech by Helena Viñes Fiestas, Chair of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, at the technical workshop on financing the transition to a climate-neutral economy

Recording

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  • financial services | sustainable finance
  • Monday 22 April 2024, 08:45 - 17:00 (CEST)
  • Belgium

Programme

  1. 22 Apr 2024, 08:45 - 09:30 (CEST)
    Welcome Coffee
  2. 09:30 - 10:00 (CEST)
    Opening Remarks
    • Alexandra Jour-Schröder, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission
    • Helena Viñes Fiestas, Chair of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance
  3. 10:00 - 11:15 (CEST)
    Platform on Sustainable Finance: Compendium of Market Practices

    Introduction on the Platform’s report and insights by Clémence Humeau, co-rapporteur of the Subgroup on Usability and Data (SG1)

    • Panel discussion

      On the experience of using the EU taxonomy for strategy, financial transactions and reporting for corporates. To be followed by a Q&A session.

       
    • Moderator
      • Clémence Humeau, Head of Sustainability Coordination and Governance at AXA IM, co-rapporteur of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance

         
    • Speakers
      • Giovanni Niero, Head of Capital Markets, Development and ECA Financing, Enel Group
      • Philippe Hermann, Senior Vice-President Sustainable Finance, VEOLIA
      • Nadia Humphreys, Head of Sustainable Finance Data Solutions, Bloomberg
      • Merilin Hörats, Senior Sustainable Finance Expert, European Investment Fund
  4. 11:15 - 11:45 (CEST)
    Coffee Break
  5. 11:45 - 12:45 (CEST)
    Emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities: EU sustainable finance tools for financial institutions
    • Panel discussion

      On emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities of using the EU sustainable finance tools for financial institutions. To be followed by a Q&A session.

       
    • Moderator
      • Aidas Palubinskas, Press and media officer, DG FISMA, European Commission

         
    • Speakers
      • Marta García de Oteyza Kindelan, Responsible Banking Group Vice President, Santander Group
      • Leo Donnachie, Senior Policy Manager, EU Sustainable Finance, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
      • Aldo Romani, Head of Sustainable Finance, Finance Directorate, European Investment Bank
  6. 12:45 - 13:45 (CEST)
    Lunch Break
  7. 13:45 - 15:00 (CEST)
    Discussion on Transition Finance

    Presentation on “scaling up transition finance within existing legal framework” by Barbara Gabor, Policy officer in Sustainable finance Unit, DG FISMA.

    • Panel discussion

      Involving Platform members and experts representing financial institutions and the real economy, aiming at exploring the concept of transition finance and possible policy solutions conducive for the transition

       
    • Moderator
      • Helena Viñes Fiestas, Chair of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, co-Chair of the Taskforce on Net Zero Policy, Commissioner of the Spanish Financial Markets Authority

         
    • Speakers
      • Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
      • Jörg Ladwein, Regional Chief Investment Officer, Allianz
      • Nick Robins, Professor in Practice on Sustainable Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Executive Director, Just Transition Finance Lab
      • José Luis Blasco, Global Sustainability Director, Acciona S.A.
  8. 15:00 - 15:30 (CEST)
    Coffee Break
  9. 15:30 - 16:45 (CEST)
    Platform on Sustainable Finance: Monitoring of Capital Flows and Market Trends

    Introduction on the Platform’s intermediate report by Bertrand Magné, co-rapporteur of the Subgroup on Monitoring Capital Flows (SG3)

    • Panel discussion

      On the developed methodological framework and key insights, along the planned next steps for the subgroup

       
    • Moderator
      • Diarmuid Murphy, Policy Officer on Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

         
    • Speakers
      • Annamaria De Crescenzio, Senior Economist and Manager, International Finance Unit, Investment Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      • Matthias Rau-Göhring, Principal Economist, Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
      • Andreas Rajchl, Head of Department Green Finance and Sustainable Economy, Austrian Ministry of Climate Action
      • Karl-Oskar Olming, Head of Sustainability Strategy and Policy, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)
  10. 16:45 - 17:00 (CEST)
    Closing Remarks

    Martin Špolc, Head of Sustainable Finance Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission.

Practical information

When
Monday 22 April 2024, 08:45 - 17:00 (CEST)
Where
Brussels
Belgium
Languages
English