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18:15 - 19:30 23 January 2018

Assessing the Green Finance Boom: Prospects for a Market-led Sustainable Future?


G.06 LT | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Multiple panellists, Panellists: Kari Aina Eik, Co-Chair of U4SSC, United for Smart Sustainable Cities (TBC) Paul Ekins, Professor and Director of UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources Pooma Kimis, Deputy Managing Director, OMFIF Julia Prescot, Meridiam Chief Strategy Officer Chair: Karina Luchinkina, GGI Advisory Board Member and Co-Founder of BioEnergy Connect

Green finance now forms a key plank of the UK finance industry’s contribution to the campaign against climate change. There has been a huge global demand for green bonds, with the market raising $95bn in 2016 and on track to reach issuance of $123bn in 2017, according to Bloomberg. It has prominent supporters, including the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, who recently claimed that “Green finance is a major opportunity…increasing the prospects for an environmentally sustainable recovery in global growth.” The idea is a simple one: to make and win the business case for sustainable investments that generate environmental benefits, leading to a low-carbon, climate resilient and resource-efficient economy. This event comes at an exciting time – with green finance taking off in the UK. For its supporters, this rapid growth in sustainable investment is cause for celebration. However, its expansion also invites reflection on what exactly constitutes ‘green’ finance? This public panel


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk