Green Summit Workshops

1. Net zero promises and deadlocks

Over the last few years, the concept of “net zero” has proliferated across the board: pledges, alliances, and methodologies have piled-up. This rapid rise as led to  criticism. First, the notion has limited scientific relevance at an individual entity level. Second, claims are often fraught with unrealistic trajectories and unrestrained use of voluntary carbon credits.

 

Moderator:

Karen Degouve, Head of Sustainable Finance department, French Banking Federation

Speakers:

  • Manuel Coeslier, Lead Expert Climate & Environment, Mirova
  • Julie Raynaud, Independant consultant (ex Trucost, Kepler Chevreux)
  • Frédéric Samama, Head of Strategic Development at Sustainable, S&P Global
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2. Missing adaptation finance

This summer’s heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires have shed light on adaptive capacities. The topic is largely missing or is barely tackled through risks identification with the noticeable exception of re-insurance actors. Beyond the historical crucial role of insurers – mainly re-insurers – adaptation finance is residually private, with most of the financial flows coming from development and government-related sources.

 

Moderator :

Theophile Bellouard, Head of Adaptation Services, AXA Climate

Speakers:

  • Xavier Ploquin, CEO chief of staff, Meridiam
  • Chris Gottardo, Head of Global Business Development, Financial Institutions, Climate Change Solutions, Munich Re
  • Michael Mullan, Programme Lead Climate Adaptation Finance & Investment, OECD
  • Pierre-Yves Pouliquen, Sustainable Development Director, Veolia

3. Inflation vs. Transition

Surging energy and carbon prices coalesce with steady demand for critical “transitioning metals” – copper, nickel, and aluminum. Climate change related hazards such as droughts and floods exacerbate food and other commodity price increases and volatility. Governments and businesses must find ways to fast-track the green transition all while shielding the most vulnerable employees or customers from fuel poverty or job losses.

 

This panel will examine how inflation, incl. its green component, can be tackled in a way that allows for a fair transition; in a war backdrop where supply security and sovereignty concerns tend to prevail over other considerations.

Moderator:
Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Green Hub, Natixis CIB

Speakers:

  • Alex Bernhardt, Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNPP AM
  • Carine De Boissezon, Chief Impact Officer, EDF
  • Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director Energy & Climate Center, IFRI
  • Cyril Rousseau, Chief Executive, Agence France Trésor
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4. Voluntary carbon credits: a quest for purpose

Additionality, permanence, reliability, and social safeguards are necessary but what lacks the most is a clarification about the exact purpose of voluntary carbon credits.

What were they meant for? Are they fit for purpose? How can they coexist with regulatory markets?  Panelists will try to spell out under what conditions their uses can come with genuine climate benefits.

 

Moderator 

Robert White, Head of Green & Sustainable Hub (GSH) Americas, Natixis CIB

Speakers:

  • Cécile de Coincy, Business development Manager - Forest based solutions, Société Forestière
  • Claude Lixi, Global Co-Head Commodities Markets, Natixis CIB
  • Muireann Mageras, Environmental Strategist & Advisor, Hartree Partners

5. Greenwashing conundrum

Greenwashing practices and allegations are on the rise. Legal risks grow in synch with reputational ones, triggering probes from regulators and civil society. Liabilities are cascading across entities, value chains and the whole financial industry. Such domino effects result from the interplay between business development, product distribution, legal, risk, compliance, and marketing.

 

Moderator:

Maia Godemer, Sustainable Finance research associate, BloombergNEF

Speakers :

  • Stéphanie Mielnik, Director of Research, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute
  • Viet-Linh Nguyen, Head of the Strategy & Sustainable Finance unit, EXCOM secretary, French Market Authority (AMF)
  • Anatoli Van der Krans, Director of European Investor Relations, BLB&G
  • Wim Van Hyfte, Global Head of ESG Investments and Research, Candriam
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6. Sustainable finance in Emerging Markets: common goals, differentiated approaches ?

Sustainable finance activities have mostly been taking place within developed economies. However, emerging markets are experiencing a take-off. A “catch-up” towards deemed advanced practices is possible. Emerging players may also invent their own models. Should we expect practices to converge, or will there be a decoupling between regional markets?

 

Moderator :

Karim Arslan, Green & Sustainable Hub (GSH) Dubai, Originator, Natixis

Speakers:

  • Gnékélé Gnassingbe, Director, Treasury and Capital Markets Department, Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement
  • Luiza Demoro, Head of Energy Transitions, BloombergNEF
  • Timothée Jaulin, Head of ESG Development & Advocacy, Special Operations, Amundi
  • Dieter Wang, Sustainable Finance Specialist, World Bank

7. Land uses and biodiversity protection

Halting biodiversity erosion is nowadays a top concern among the financial community. Attempts to observe, document and analyze ecosystem services are growing. However, metrics, tools and guidance around “avoiding, reducing, offsetting” action plans are lacking.

 

Moderator:

Guillaume Neveux, Head of I Care, partner

Speakers:

  • Arthur Campredon, Deputy of Sustainable finance department, Direction Générale du Trésor
  • Gauthier Queru, Managing Director, Natural Capital Investing, Mirova
  • Grant Rudgley, Lead, Banking Environment Initiative & Nature-related Finance, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Virginie Savina, Group Sustainable Development & Operational excellence, Bouygues SA

8. Making ESG disclosures useful

The industry is deploying significant resources to measure, compute, estimate and report ESG information. Companies and financial institutions face various challenges: front-runners need to adapt their existing ESG data sets, while laggards must integrate new types of data into their processes. Despite progress in the availability of key indicators, relevant, granular, and scalable data remain rare. Some actors are working on innovative and alternative sources of information

 

Moderator:

Adèle Almohalla Baux, Sustainable finance expert, BPCE

Speakers :

  • Thomas Harding, CEO & Founder, ESG Regulatory Solutions
  • Alice Froidevaux, ESG Solutions, QuantCube
  • Tegwen Le Berthe, Head of ESG scoring & methodology, Amundi
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