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Next steps for UK green finance - policy developments, regulation, new markets, place, trust and UK global positioning

Morning, Tuesday, 6th December 2022

This conference will bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the priorities and next steps for green finance in the UK.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss the updated Green Finance Strategy from HM Treasury and to consider the way forward for government policy under a new Prime Minister.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Adam Lyons, Head, Green Finance Unit, HM Treasury.

Areas for discussion in the agenda include:

  • the updated Green Finance Strategy - developments and implementation
  • the UK as an international leader in net-zero finance - regulation - skills development, UK policy and competitive advantages - opportunities for new markets, such as aviation and energy
  • regulation - analysis of present frameworks - the role of regulators in enhancing the UK’s attractiveness as a global partner and supporting innovation market and growth
  • green finance and place:            
    • understanding the attributes that attract investment - connecting local projects with finance and other partners - improving the availability of green funds for LAs and communities
    • using green finance to benefit local communities and economies - aligning green investment with wider objectives for prosperity, development, and levelling up
  • tackling greenwashing - regulatory priorities - the future of sustainability disclosure requirements and ESG reporting - the way forward for transparency and building trust
  • nature finance and biodiversity - the green taxonomy - developing private investment, incentives, and new environmental markets - options for regulation, data collection, and governance
  • climate risks - priorities for managing and improving resilience

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the BEIS; DAERA, NI; Defra; DfT; Department of Finance, NI; DIT; HM Treasury; and The Scottish Government.

Keynote Speaker

Adam Lyons

Head, Green Finance Unit, HM Treasury


Baroness Northover

Member, Environment and Climate Change Committee


Ryan Jude

Programme Director for Green Taxonomy Work, Green Finance Institute

Helen Barber

Associate Director, AECOM

Paulius Mackela

UK Cities Climate Investment Manager, Connected Places Catapult

Senior speaker confirmed, Centre for Climate Finance & Investment

Councillor Drew Mellor

Council Leader, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

David Young

Senior Fellow, Broadway Initiative

Heather Buchanan

Co-Founder, Bankers for Net-Zero

Oscar Warwick Thompson

Head of Policy and Communications, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)