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IRELAND’S 4TH ANNUAL

CLIMATE FINANCE WEEK

INVESTING IN A NET ZERO FUTURE

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THE SPIRIT OF THIS WEEK BRINGING TOGETHER SUSTAINABILITY, THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION, ULTIMATELY THROUGH THE POWER OF MARKETS AND THE ECONOMY, IN THE SERVICE OF THE IRISH PEOPLE...AND TO THE BENEFIT OF THE WORLD

Mark Carney
UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance

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Monday - 11 October
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CLIMATE FINANCE WEEK IRELAND 2021 (CFWI21)

11 – 15 OCTOBER

BEATING THE CLIMATE DEADLINE

Climate Finance Week Ireland 2021 will kick off with AIB's 5th annual Sustainability Conference. Given the more frequent extreme weather events and stern warning provided in the IPCC Climate Report the focus of the event will be how we as a society can respond to the challenge of Climate Change and work together to Beat the Climate Deadline.

 

Organised by AIB

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UN-CONVENED SUSTAINABLE INSURANCE FORUM (SIF) ANNUAL MEETING

A meeting of 32 International Insurance Supervisors.

(Private meeting)

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LAUNCH OF IRELAND’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE FINANCE ROADMAP

As action 1 of the 2021 Ireland for Finance Action Plan, “Building on Resilience” the development of Irelands Sustainable Finance Roadmap signifies government’s commitment to advancing Ireland’s sustainable finance agenda. Ireland's ambition is to be a leader in this space by 2025.


Working with over 50 key stakeholder organisations across Ireland's financial services industry, Sustainable Finance Ireland, in collaboration with the Department of Finance led the development of the roadmap over a six-month period, culminating in the launch at Climate Finance Week Ireland 2021.


The roadmap is a key milestone in our sustainable finance journey as a nation. Built as a living document to evolve and guide Irish sustainable finance activities in the context of the European Green Deal and the Renewed Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy, for the coming years.


In association with Department of Finance, UN Convened FC4S and Sustainable Finance Ireland. Supported by Skillnet Ireland.

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GREENING FINANCE AND FINANCING GREEN - HOW ASSET MANAGERS ARE ADDRESSING THE BIODIVERSITY CRISIS

Given the seriousness of the biodiversity crisis and forthcoming Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, hear how asset managers are taking steps to integrate biodiversity criteria into their asset management strategies. This session will also provide an overview on initiatives aiming to provide asset owners and asset managers with frameworks, information, and groups through which to engage have made significant progress over the last year, including the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

 

Organised in association with the TFND and the UN-convened Financial Centres for Sustainability. Supported by the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

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IRISH UN PRI SIGNATORY BREAKFAST

 

PRI Irish signatory breakfast: hosted in collaboration with Skillnet and Sustainable Finance Ireland, this invitation only breakfast will centre around growing themes of relevance in the ESG market. PRI’s Rebecca Chapman will give an overview on investor trends in considering and engaging with plastics.

 

With increasing production and use, poor end-of-life management and the many environmental and economic risks, plastics are a growing issue of concern for investors. Leveraging on the work of the PRI’s  Plastics Investor Working Group, Rebecca will outline next steps for investors. 

The session will then turn to the increasing areas of growth and expectations falling on ESG and investment professionals and how employees can start to prepare. The PRI Academy’s Anthony Roberts and Marine Lefebvre will give a sneak peek of the newest courses due to be launched on the 15 October.

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SHAPING AND IMPLEMENTING EU SUSTAINABLE FINANCE REGULATION, a senior policy maker and regulator roundtable

Panel discussion focussing on SFDR a year on and phase 2 implementation, taxonomy implementation, rounding off with some forward-looking commentary on what to expect under the renewed strategy.

 

Organised in association with Irish Funds and Eurosif.

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CATALYSING GREEN INVESTMENT AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Building on the success of the inaugural conference held in Tullamore in October 2019, this event explores how local authorities can, through their economic remit, support, encourage and nurture new and existing business and enterprise as they transition to a net-zero economy through innovation, digitalisation and the adoption of more sustainable practices. Don't miss the Catalysing Green Investment and Sustainable Finance presentation. To register for this event or for more information please click here. A City and County Management Association (CCMA) conference event entitled Climate Action and Economic Opportunities – Local Authorities supporting Enterprise.

AVIATION FINANCE AND THE ESG AGENDA

ESG, the opportunity and impact for aircraft leasing


As we enter post covid, ESG will be taking centre stage in the aviation world again. There is a rowing political, industrial and regulatory appetite to improve environmental performance within the aviation sector. The industry has set extremely challenging targets to meet net zero carbon goals, including a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050.

 

It is no surprise that investors will increasingly favour aviation businesses with high ESG ratings — signaling more resilience and creating long-term business bets. In our discussion, we will look at ESG incentives in financing and investment to present an opportunity for the aviation industry to shake off its reputation for greenwashing and positively impact environmental sustainability over the long term while generating shareholder returns.


Along with the opportunities, we will cover the impact and the challenges too. Aviation businesses and lessors should expect more in-depth sustainability reviews. ESG factors likely to be considered when assessing investments include carbon footprint, employment equity, suppliers and consumer protection, business ethics, board diversity and executive pay.

 

This event will open with a scene-setting presentation by KPMG, followed by a panel discussion. A deeper dive half-day event will take place mid-January, which will build on this initial discussion.

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WOMEN – THE BIGGEST DRIVER OF ESG?

The popularity of ESG investing is escalating year on year, moving from a niche to dominant strategy. What are the main factors driving this increase in popularity and are female investors at the wheel or just on the journey with everyone else? Join us for this engaging panel event with expert input discussing what impact females have on the growing trend towards ESG Investing and investigating if they really are a key driver.

 

Organised in association with Ireland’s 100 Women in Finance Next Gen Committee.

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IN AN ESG WORLD, IS THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK FIT FOR PURPOSE?

This panel discussion will explore the current state of play of the corporate governance framework, addressing its potency in 2021. Join panellists as they discuss the material role ESG factors play in safeguarding a company’s long-term success, creating wide stakeholder value and satisfaction, and maintaining strong reputation and accountability standards.

Organised in association with Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF).

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ACTING ON THE 'S' IN ESG - LATEST MARKET UPDATE INCLUDING THE INSTRUMENTS USED TO FINANCE AND MEASURE IMPACT

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social issues to the forefront of the ESG agenda, yet with integration of social performance data is still lagging it’s environmental and governance peers.

 

This session will explore upcoming trends in terms of social taxonomies and regulation in Europe and the UK, as well as concrete examples of how investors are using S indicators in their investment decision making, and what types of data to be looking out for.

 

Join us to hear from legal experts, investors rating agencies and data providers alike on how to really start acting on the S. 

 

Organised in association with UN PRI and the Irish Association of Asset Managers (IAIM).

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FINANCING IRELAND’S AGRICULTURE SECTOR NET-ZERO TRANSITION, a breakfast briefing

Organised in association with KPMG.

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ADDRESSING CLIMATE RISKS: DEVELOPING BOARD UNDERSTANDING (Masterclass)

An introduction to the net-zero agenda, the developing political, policy and regulatory environment, emerging industry best practices, and guidance on effective climate risk management. Limited to supporters of the Irish TCFD campaign, organised in association with the UNEP Finance Initiative and supported by Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

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CLIMATE-RELATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE BEST PRACTICES, IMPLEMENTATION, AND REPORTING - DEVELOPING IRISH CAPABILITIES (Masterclass)

The first in a series of six capacity building sessions, focused on further developing Irish climate-related disclosures and reporting capabilities. Limited to supporters of the Irish TCFD campaign, organised in association with the UNEP Finance Initiative and supported by Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

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IMPLICATIONS OF ACHIEVING NET ZERO FOR IRELAND’S INSURANCE SECTOR, a view from the UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance

Organised in association with UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) and Insurance Ireland.

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UN-CONVENED FINANCIAL CENTRES FOR SUSTAINABILITY (FC4S) MEETING

(Private meeting).

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DELIVERING ON THE US$100 BILLION CLIMATE FINANCE COMMITMENT, IRISH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS ROLE

Organised in association with the Department of Finance.

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CLIMATE DISCLOSURE AND REPORTING - IRISH TCFD COMMITMENT; ONE YEAR ON FROM CLIMATE FINANCE WEEK 2020 WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED AND WHAT ACTIONS ARE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE NET ZERO?

Organised in association with Bloomberg and the Department of Finance.

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EVERY FINANCIAL DECISION NEEDS TO TAKE CLIMATE INTO ACCOUNT, IMPLICATIONS OF ACHIEVING NET ZERO FOR IRELAND’S BANKING SECTOR

Organised in association with UN Principles for Responsible Banking and the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland.

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10 MONTHS INTO THE BIDEN PRESIDENCY, A CLIMATE FINANCE UPDATE FROM THE U.S
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SUPPORTING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, THE CONVERGENCE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLIMATE ACTION AGENDA.

Organised in association with the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) and the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI).

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DATA - INNOVATING TO EMBRACE SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Panel discussion focussing on data challenges and evolution of the data ecosystem and forward-looking commentary on what the funds industry and the Roadmap for Ireland initiative is doing to position Ireland to solve these data and digital challenges

Organised in association with Irish Funds.

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CARBON MARKETS - AN EVOLVING LANDSCAPE. A private sector briefing

Organised by Sustainable Finance Ireland.

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CLIMATE-RELATED SCENARIOS APPLIED TO INSURERS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Organised in association with UN-convened SIF, the IAA and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.

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IRELAND’S SUSTAINABLE FINANCE USP – our talent base! Navigating the Sustainable Finance Skills agenda

Organised in association with the FSI.

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SUSTAINABLE REPORTING FOR ACCOUNTANTS – THE "HOW TO"

Investors, customers, employees and financial institutions are increasingly using ESG data to inform themselves about a company’s environmental and social activities. A lack of standardisation means this information is often incoherent, inconsistent or not comparable. This session will examine the recent key developments in sustainability reporting, the global trend to make sustainability reporting mandatory for more entities as well as the calls for common reporting standards to ensure sustainability information reported by companies is comparable and sufficient. You will also hear from industry experts who have adopted sustainability reporting within their businesses and they will share how they are informing stakeholders about their sustainability activities.

Organised by Chartered Accountants Ireland .

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THE GREEN PLEDGE - CAN YOU PLEDGE TO WORK MORE SUSTAINABLY?

The aim of the Green Team Network is to address the need to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration regarding addressing sustainability goals across companies within the Irish Funds industry. We have developed the Green Pledge which aims to be a tool to encourage and support firms within the Irish funds industry to take steps to reduce carbon emissions and take action on sustainability issues that affect them. To participate in the Green Pledge, firms select from a list of environmentally.

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Key Developments in Sustainable Finance Debt Markets’

The surge in sustainable bond issuance has been supported by growth in the range of underlying debt instruments including green, social, sustainability and sustainability linked bonds. This session will explore key developments in sustainable finance debt markets.

 

Organised by S&P Global Ratings.

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