Global Quest for Investment Finance for the Low-Carbon Economy

2 DAY Residential Course

This Executive Seminar provides professionals with a complete overview of financial instruments used to achieve a low-carbon economy and a deeper understanding of how these can be better targeted at financing needs in both developed and developing countries. The Executive Seminar analyzes the role of international finance institutions and the public sector; the possible ways to scaling up climate finance in developing countries; and the different national paths to contribute to the Paris Agreements. Finally, participants learn about the EU Emission Trading System as a key instrument to finance the low carbon economy in Europe.

Course director
Isabella Alloisio
Course director
Simone Borghesi
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  • Dates
    11 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
  • Level
    Highlights
  • Location
    Florence, Italy
  • Type
    Residential
Overview

The Paris Climate Agreement approved at the COP21 in December 2015 is a cornerstone in climate policy worldwide. To achieve its objective of limiting the rise of global mean temperature to +2°C compared to the preindustrial period, a shift in the allocation of finance flows will be necessary. While climate change is expected to substantially modify patterns of capital investments from carbon-intensive activities to investments compatible with a 2°C pathway, this poses new risks and as well as opportunities for investors and financial institutions.

Course objectives
  • To give a thorough overview of risks and opportunities related to investments in a low-carbon economy 
  • To provide participants with the tools and knowledge of current financial instruments to support projects aimed to achieve the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • To gain a global and comparative perspective into the challenges of scaling up climate finance in developed, developing and emerging countries
  • To allow participants to acquire the skills to explore key climate finance issues and instruments through case-based analysis.
Content

Day 1:

  • Building a Financial System for Sustainability
  • US Climate Change Policy Process and its Impacts on Investment Decision-Making
  • Climate-Related Risk in the Italian Financial System
  • Role of Public Sector Finance and the Role of State Investment Banks in Low-Carbon Energy Finance
  • Climate Finance within the Context of the Paris Agreement

Day 2: 

  • Scaling Up Climate Finance in Developing and Emerging Countries
  • How to Finance Investments Related to the Nationally Determined Contributions of the Paris Agreement?
  • Linking Climate Policies with Financing the Low-Carbon Economy: the European Experience of Harnessing and Redeploying Revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System
  • Pricing Climate Risk in Capital Markets, Carbon Due Diligence and Stranded-Asset Risk
Target Group And Knowledge Level

The Executive Training is developed for:

  • Ministries of Finance, Economics, Development and others
  • Risk, CSR, financial departments of companies and industry organisations
  • International financial institutions such as the World Bank, IFC, EIB, ECB, EBRD, AfDB, ADB, Bilateral Development Banks, and others. 
  • The European Commission and the DGs Climate Action, Energy, Competition, Joint Research Centre, Environment, Justice and other related
  • Academics and practitioners 
  • Some background on climate and sustainable finance is suggested. An educational background in finance, economics or law is strongly recommended. The training is in English.
Fees

Course Fee: 1,500 € | Early bird 10% discount for registrations by 10 March 2019

A discount of 25% will be offered to European and national civil servants, as well as to members of NGOs.

 

Learning portfolio
  • Residential lessons with interactive learning tools: Instructors will provide lessons focusing on the key theoretical concepts complemented by illustrative real current examples and case studies from the financial and industrial sector 
  • Interactive tools and activities involving the participants are put on to enhance the discussion and the learning experience
  • Q&A sessions: An interactive Q&A session follows one of the learning session in order to clarify the main concepts and to stimulate active discussion 
  • Group work activities implemented to facilitate the learning outcomes, foster collaboration, skills and competencies for participants
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