Monday, March 14, 2016

Green Finance Videos: Some Recent Ones I Liked

Does Climate Change Matter to the Finance Community?


Theodore Roosevelt IV of Barclays Bank (yes, great grandson of THAT Teddy Roosevelt) discusses the importance of climate change to the finance community in this discussion with Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters.


Explaining Carbon Pricing .. With Chickens!


EarthFix Media has a clever way to explain the basics of carbon pricing and Cap and Trade, using chickens.  I don't agree with their representation of the price of renewable energy, but, overall, the video is outstanding.



Explaining Cap and Trade from Ontario


The Province of Ontario, Canada has joined the California/Quebec Cap and Trade Program. The Ontario Government produced a short video explaining Cap and Trade and their participation.




Ban Ki Moon Calls for Investor Action



At the recent Investor Summit on Climate Risk, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said,"Every decision on investment and resource allocation must be part of the solution."  He also laid out five challenges for the financial community.  As the world gets more serious about climate solutions, we can expect more calls for a climate review to be applied to all financing decisions.  A written version of his remarks is here.






Christiana Figueres Summarizes Climate Finance Issues


Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of COP21, recently provided a welcome and introduction for a Climate Bonds Initiative Green Bonds Awards event in London.  Within the introduction, she provides an outstanding overview of climate finance needs, issues and challenges.  "We need all financial products to be guided by climate considerations," she says.



Sustainability Reporting


Lenora Suki, head of sustainable finance product strategy at Bloomberg LP discusses the state of sustainability reporting.  Regarding green bonds, she says “It’s an early market and green bond issuers are trying to understand exactly what they need to report. Some of them are confused by what market participants are asking for."


Post COP21 Climate Finance Explained


Although a bit wonkish, this lecture by Janos Pasztor (climate advisor to U.N. Secretary General) provides a good overview of the international climate finance goals and how they will be implemented.  He spoke at an event hosted by MIT Center for Finance and Policy earlier this month.




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