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Nothing short of a revolution: Green Finance and the EU taxonomy

Economic, Financial, and Banking Affairs
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020 09:00 - 14:00

Venue: Norway House

Event summary:   

  • Will the taxonomy redirect capital towards sustainable investments or simply add red tape to the work of asset managers?
  • Will greenwashing end once the taxonomy is completed or will the ESG confusion continue?
  • Will consumers be able to use the new info the regulation will send their way?
  • Will the taxonomy boost sustainable finance or kill innovation?
  • Do transition and enabling activities make sense or are they just loopholes?

Sustainable investments have surged in recent years with some setting the total asset value at over €30 Trillion. However, the lack of a common language has allowed for the most unsustainable products to be sold as “good for the planet”. Investors have been demanding legitimacy and the EU has gone a long way to ensure them of that.

What impact will the EU’s Taxonomy have on financial markets and what’s the ideal role now for policymakers to refocus finance?

Come join some of the biggest names in the debate on 19th February 2020 to discuss the impact of EU policy on the market and what’s left to play for.



Event Moderator: Luca Bonaccorsi

09:00 - 09:30 Coffee

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Context - UNPRI - Alyssa Heath, Head of EU and UK Policy

10:00 - 11:00 Panel 1 - Ensuring Science Determines What’s Sustainable

European Commission - Mario Nava, Director at DG FISMA

European Environment Agency - Wouter Vanneuville, Expert on Climate Change Adaptation

European Investment Bank - Speaker TBD

WWF - Sebastien Godinot, Head of the Sustainable Finance Unit

Audience Q&A

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15 Panel 2 - Will it work? The Impact of the Taxonomy Regulation on Green Finance and Real Economy

MSCI - Marion de Marcillac, Executive Director and Business Manager for ESG Climate Change and Sustainable Impact solutions

BNP Paribas - Helena Vines Fiestas, Head of Sustainability Research and Policy

Blackrock - Carole Crozat, Head of Thematic Research


Audience Q&A

12:15 - 12:30 Closing Remarks - T&E

12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch


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