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Next steps for green finance in the UK - stewardship and regulation, product innovation and transparency, and managing the sector’s transition towards net-zero

Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2020



This conference focuses on green finance in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Latest developments and prospects for the sector in the UK;
  • The way forward for regulation and business practice in adapting to the impact of climate change;
  • Transparency, disclosure and consumer protection in offering green investment products; and
  • Managing risk and the process of transition for the financial sector in a net-zero policy environment.

It will be an opportunity to discuss next steps for the sector in responding to actions being put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority aimed at:

  • Improving climate change disclosures, and the provision to consumers of effective information and access to green financial products; and
  • Ensuring that the sector is factoring climate change risk into its operations and decision-making.

Those attending will also discuss the progress made by the Green Finance Institute in enabling investors and businesses to collaborate and discuss green projects with greater clarity, following the Institute’s introduction in the Government’s Green Finance Strategy.


We are pleased to include keynote contributions from:

  • Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB;
  • Katie Fisher, Director of Strategy (Acting), FCA; and
  • Ray Dhirani, Head of Sustainable Finance & Green Economy, WWF-UK.

Further confirmed speakers include Clare Burgess, Clifford Chance; Tasha Clarbour, Deloitte; Bryn Jones, Rathbone Brothers; Laura Kelly, International Institute for Environment and Development; John Scott, Zurich Insurance Group; Ed Wells, HSBC and Sam White, Aviva Investors.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Business Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: HM Treasury; the Bank of England; BEIS; Committee on Climate Change; Defra; Department for International Trade; Department for Transport; Environment Agency; Treasury Legal Advisers and the UKGI.

The agenda

  • Challenges for the financial services sector in moving to net-zero - investment choices, transparency, and the process of transition;
  • The UK’s role in the global green economy and assessing the progress of the Green Finance Institute;
  • Climate change and prospects for the financial sector - innovation and new products, managing risk, and meeting consumer demand for green financial products and services;
  • Biodiversity - the economic value and its role in investment decisions;
  • Regulation and the development of the green finance market;
  • Managing the transition to net-zero - climate-related disclosure, consumer trust and protection, and integration of climate change risks; and
  • Next steps for green finance policy.

Keynote Speaker

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB

Keynote Speakers

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman, Green Finance Initiative, City of London Corporation; Chair, Green Finance Taskforce and Senior Banker, SEB

Katie Fisher

Director of Strategy (Acting), FCA

Ray Dhirani

Head of Sustainable Finance, WWF-UK


Lord Teverson

Chairman, House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP


Sam White

Director of Public Policy and Sustainability, Aviva Investors

Tasha Clarbour

Senior Manager, Sustainability Services, Deloitte

Clare Burgess

Partner, Clifford Chance

John Scott

Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

Bryn Jones

Fixed Income Fund Manager, Rathbone Brothers

Ed Wells

Group Head of Policy, Sustainable Finance and Investment, HSBC

Laura Kelly

Director, Shaping Sustainable Markets, International Institute for Environment and Development Academic