Westminster Business Forum

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Priorities for green and sustainable finance in the UK - expertise, best practice and the green taxonomy, regulation, and wider economic and societal impact

TO BE PUBLISHED September 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***


This conference is focussing on next steps for this increasingly important area of finance, looking at:


  • priorities for regulation, resilience, innovation, and competition
  • opportunities and next steps for green and sustainable finance in the economic recovery from COVID-19, and as part of wider government objectives

It follows the publication by HM Treasury of the UK Government’s Green Financing Framework, which includes £15bn worth of green Gilts expected to be issued in two separate deals in 2021-2022, alongside the introduction of a green retail product. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the impact and implementation of the framework’s proposals.


The discussion is also taking place amid a heightened focus as part of the policy drive to develop the green economy in the UK and internationally, in the wake of COVID-19, and in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow in November.


This seminar is bringing together stakeholders with policymakers to consider a range of developments, in addition to the framework, including:


  • the announcement of new regulations for reporting on climate impact by 2025 for a number of financial institutions and businesses, set out by the Chancellor as he set out his ambition for the future of UK financial services
  • establishment of a green taxonomy to determine whether an activity set to be developed in the UK is environmentally sustainable, also announced by the Chancellor
  • the ongoing Bank of England climate stress test exercise with:
    • the recent publication of the key elements of the 2021 scenario
    • the aim of sizing the risks from climate change for businesses and insurers, as well as the financial system as a whole

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Fayyaz Muneer, Deputy Director, Green Finance and Prudential Policy, HM Treasury; and Michael Sheren, Senior Advisor, Bank of England and former Co-Chair, G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group.


The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:


  • innovation in green finance
  • ways in which developments in green finance can contribute to regional growth, recovery, and resilience
  • supporting wider government ambitions for decarbonisation and sustainability

the future outlook for green and sustainable finance in the UK


Attendees


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Climate Change Committee; Defra; HM Treasury and Ofwat. Also due to attend are representatives from the Edinburgh Napier University; Manchester Metropolitan University; Travers Smith and University of Glasgow.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the MLex and Montel News.


Overall, we expect speakers and other participants to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from law firms; councils; local enterprise partnerships; economic development, investment and regeneration professionals; construction, energy and utility companies; insurance firms; pensions experts; consumer groups; banks and financial institutions; environmental charities and consultants; academics; and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***


  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles