Westminster Business Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
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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

TO BE PUBLISHED July 2020


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


This conference focuses on latest developments in green finance in the UK.


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 - including from asset managers and life insurers - 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, following its introduction in the Government’s Green Finance Strategy, in enabling investors and businesses to collaborate and discuss green projects with greater clarity.


The agenda includes a ministerial contribution from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth.


Further keynote speakers include Katie Fisher, Director of Strategy (Acting), FCA; and Sir Roger Gifford, Chair, Green Finance Taskforce


The conference takes place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we expect discussion on the potential role that the green economy can play in the post-pandemic economic recovery - including through attracting investment and providing jobs.


It follows concerns from the International Energy Agency that the pandemic could lead to a decrease in investment in green energy and wider infrastructure projects unless government delivers an economic recovery plan that includes investment in green technology.


Further areas for discussion include:


  • the impact of climate change on financial services and what it means for the green finance sector,
  • the risks posed to existing investment models, 
  • options for supporting the growth of green financing and clean tech, and
  • how to ensure the post-COVID-19 economic recovery remains environmentally conscious in the face of pressures for rapid regrowth, and that the UK still meets its 2050 climate goals.

The discussion in detail: 


Global economic trends, consumer preferences, and opportunities


  • The potential impact on financial institutions of the global low carbon transition - and opportunities for innovation, including in new products and services.
  • The response to shareholder calls for divestment from fossil fuels and the likely impact of the recent decline in oil prices following the pandemic.
  • How the sector can respond to demand for new green loans, mortgages and other financial products in light of growing consumer awareness of climate change - reinforced by perceptions of a positive impact on the climate from the COVID-related economic turndown.

Governance and risk management


  • Integrating climate risk management into existing governance and scenario planning processes - and into the process of transition for the financial sector in a net-zero policy environment.
  • Innovative approaches to measuring risks associated with transition and different possible climate scenarios - and testing resilience.

Corporate citizenship, decision-making and transparency


  • The role of finance providers in delivering a just transition and stewardship of biodiversity in their operations, supply chains and investment decisions.
  • The economic value of biodiversity and integrating biodiversity factors across investment decision-making.
  • Assessing the role and liabilities of financial institutions in protecting biodiversity and ecosystems from adverse impacts of their operations, supply chains and investment decisions.
  • Disclosure requirements and what more needs to be done to provide further transparency - including options for further regulation to challenge firms to identify genuinely green investments and bear down on greenwashing.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion: 


The agenda:


  • Regulation and the development of the green finance market;
  • The UK’s role in the global green economy and assessing the progress of the Green Finance Institute;
  • Key climate change issues for the financial sector - innovation and new products, managing risk, and meeting consumer demand for green financial products and services;
  • Challenges for the financial services sector in moving to net-zero - transparency, investment choices, and the process of transition in a post-COVID-19 economy;
  • Biodiversity - the economic value and its role in investment decisions;
  • 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.

Policy officials attending:


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. 


It’s particularly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Bank of EnglandHM Treasury; BEIS; the Committee on Climate ChangeDefra; the Environment Agency; HM Revenue & Customs; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the DWP; the Office for National StatisticsTreasury Legal Advisers; UK Government Investments; the Animal Health & Welfare Board England; the UK Space Agency and the Welsh Government.


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


  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates