6th March: Main Conference Day

6th March, Wednesday
08:00 - 17:30
Central Hall Westminster

Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH


 Programme   * Subject to change

The Climate Bonds Conference provides an opportunity to hear from key influences and decision-makers. Speaker announcements for 2019 are coming soon!

08:00 - 08:30  Registration and welcome coffee

08:30 - 09:00  Introduction & Welcome / Intro speeches

09:00 - 10:30  Plenary 1: Vision 2020: Shifting the Gears on Climate Change: The latest IPCC report tells us we have a maximum of 10 years to get this right. What will it take to deliver the rapid changes required?

  • What can we expect out of a China and Europe alliance on green finance?

  • What macroeconomic factors will affect of climate risk?

  • Winners and losers: Which countries will transition fastest? Which economies will fall back economically?

10:30 - 11:00  Break with refreshments        

11:00 - 12:30  Parallel Sessions bloc 1   

Tales from Happy Treasurers: Sharing the experience of Green Bond Issuance: Each year, Climate Bonds bring together happy treasurers who have come to market successfully with green bonds.This session is focused on sharing their issuance experience and highlighting the process of bringing a green bond to market.

How audacious ambition delivers: This session will build off of the first Plenary, highlighting country leadership on shifting economies towards green; green economic transitions. Where have we seen impressive leadership and ambition on addressing climate change?

Structural diversity beyond green bonds: Most green bonds to date have been senior unsecured issues with a specified use of proceeds, but many issuers have applied the green bond label to a variety of structures such as covered bonds, MTN programmes, sukuk, MBS, solar and auto ABS, perpetuals, private placements, US Munis, and even a digital Schuldschein. The list keeps getting longer: so what's next? This session will explore the merits of structural diversity for issuers and investors.  

Pricing: growing evidence of benefits: Green bonds can offer pricing benefits to both buyers and sellers. This session will explore the latest evidence around green bond pricing in the primary and secondary markets, drawing on recent reports from Climate Bonds and others.

Building the green pipeline: green infra opportunities: Significantly increasing capital flows into green infrastructure will spur innovation, broaden the economic base, reduce urban congestion, improve the liveability of cities and support sustainable economic development and social well-being. This session highlights green infrastructure investment opportunities in key economies and sectors, identifying projects and assets that could be considered green.       

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

13:30 - 15:00  Parallel Sessions bloc 2

Regulators and the growth of green finance: This session will focus on the role of regulators taking leadership on fostering the development of green finance in their local markets. What have been the key drivers to taking action and what steps were taken to set the foundations for local market growth?

Financing brown-to-green (corporate) transitions: There is an urgent need to transition the most carbon-intensive sectors towards green. The market presently has too much of a bias toward financials, (energy, water and transport) utilities, real estate. This not only creates diversification and yield issues. It also prevents us from chasing the biggest climate bang for the buck. This session will examine key “brown sectors” that need to shift and what investors will want to see from issuers for credibility and climate-relevance. We will focus on how issuing green may flag serious (corporate) plans for aligning core business models with a low carbon economy, among more along the lines of TCFD.

Development banks: blended finance: This session will focus on the evolving role of development banks serving as leverage in nascent green finance markets in emerging economies. What are some of the tools and incentives development banks are implementing to help support market growth?

Just transitions: Mobiliser les Gilets Verts: The transition to a resilient, low-carbon economy holds out immense potential for economic development and job creation. The Investing in a Just Transition initiative is designed to identify the role that institutional investors can play in connecting their action on climate change with inclusive development pathways.

Green taxonomies: development, harmonisation & proliferation: There has been much debate about whether green definitions are needed to guide the green bond market. Opinion is shifting in favour of green taxonomies and we are seeing development in several places. Expect to hear about Climate Bonds’ taxonomy, the TEG’s development of an EU level taxonomy and China’s green catalogue.

15:00 - 15:30  Break with refreshments

15:30 - 17:00  Plenary 2: Driving Action: How can institutional investors drive the transition to a low carbon economy?

Institutional investors are waking up to the risks of climate change. The phenomenal growth of green bonds, now over $400Bn, and the emergence of green finance strategies, are promising, but we are falling short on where we need to be. We need trillions in climate change solutions, which will require investors to move their investments quickly. What can governments do to help shift the trillions? We need green investment pipelines, de-risking mechanisms, and strong policies.

  • What policy changes will boost capital flows and market efficiency in green?

  • Key market tools and mechanisms that could be developed or leveraged to support investment in green bonds?

  • How is blended finance being used as a tool for scaling up investment in green?

  • What’s the view on the EU Sustainable Finance agenda; global taxonomy developments?

  • What do investors need to access local green bond markets given difficulties of credit/currency risks, liquidity, allocation restrictions etc.

  • What new green products and funds are being introduced to the market to encourage investors to invest?

17:00 - 17:30  Wrap up and forecast for 2019

17:30               End of the day


  Speakers Highlights    * Subject to change

We will have 100+ speakers leading discussions in plenaries, panels and roundtables, find out more from the Agenda. Here’s our first selection:

Chrissa Pagitsas

Director, Green Financing Business, Fannie Mae

Responsibility for the world's largest green mortgage programme is a unique role; Chrissa Pagitsas will chair a special session at the Conference on green mortgage lending directions & strategies.

David Harris

Head of Sustainable Business at London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell.

Outlining trends in sustainable finance and investment, David Harris speaks from both the UK and global perspective

Dr Arthur Krebbers

Sustainable Finance Coordinator, NatWest Markets

Dr Krebbers is an international sustainable finance strategist whose work includes the "Green halo effect" and "Green treasury strategy.” He'll be sharing more of his insights during CBIAC19.

Helena Lindahl

Senior Portfolio Manager/Green Bond Fund Manager, Storebrand Norway

In a key role at Norway's largest private asset manager, Ms Lindhal will present on the big issue facing global capital: "What investors can do to drive green finance & green bonds to address climate change."


Julia Kapraun

Assistant Professor of Finance, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Prominent academic and researcher, Ms Kapraun's work has ranged across sustainable finance, portfolio management, behavioural finance and asset pricing. Her insights and understanding of investor behaviours will be a conference highlight.


Knut N. Kjær

Chairman and Partner at FSN Capital Partners and Executive Chairman at Sector Asset Management

Manager of the Government Pension Fund of Norway from 1997 to 2008; member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation and a host of other roles, Mr Kjaer will share his global views and institutional investor perspectives on key market and economic issues.

Martin Habel

Acting Deputy Treasurer, London. Manager, Treasury Client Solutions Africa, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The IFC is taking an increasingly prominent role in climate finance and green investment. Mr Habel's presentation will focus on opportunities and solutions for mobilising domestic currency capital to address the climate finance gap. 


Morgan Després

Head of Secretariat for the Central Banks Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Banque de France

The NGFS is a network of 29 central banks helping to strengthen the global response required to the Paris agreement. NGFS is working to enhance the role of the financial system to manage risks and to mobilise capital for green and low carbon investments. Find out more from Mr Després during his conference session


Stephen Nolan

Managing Director of UN Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)

Founder of Sustainable Nation Ireland and a driving force behind the formation of SIF Ireland, Mr Nolan has a new role at FC4S and will chair a key Conference Roundtable discussing the ambition of the FC4S network of 18 financial centres to accelerate the expansion of green and sustainable finance.


Vincent Gaillard

CFO, Société du Grand Paris

Responsible for the EUR 35 Billion infrastructure project, using a combination of tax and borrowing via an ongoing series of Climate Bonds Certified green bonds funding the Paris rail network upgrade. Vincent Gaillard has a decade long plan to finance Europe's single biggest low carbon infrastructure project. Hear directly from someone at the heart of French developments in green finance.