Climate finance: Commercial Opportunities and Technical Challenges Tuesday October 6, 2020, 1130 – 1230 (BST)

Ethical Finance 2020 (EF2020) will convene the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders for a virtual summit to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system. The annual Ethical Finance summit is organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), which coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change.

It is now widely recognised that the financial services sector has a fundamental role to play in delivering universally supported targets such as the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite its potential, the current financial system can be a cause – rather than a solution – to some of the pressing challenges our planet and its people currently face. Ethical Finance 2020 will explore how the finance services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources or leaving anyone behind.

Following discussions with event partners, we will be holding Ethical Finance 2020 as a virtual summit, for safety reasons. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that Ethical Finance 2020 provides speakers and delegates with a platform to share ideas, network, and drive finance for positive change. In light of the change of format, we will now hold the summit over 4 days from 5th-8th October.

We welcome you to the panel session “Climate finance: commercial opportunities and technical challenges” taking place at 1130 – 1230 (British Summer Time) on Tuesday 6th October 2020.

  • Moderator:
    • Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, Green Finance Institute
  • Speakers:
    • Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative
    • HE Dr Bandar Hajjar, Islamic Development Bank
    • James Talbot, Bank of England
    • Leonie Schreve, ING


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