Climate Bonds CONNECT 2024 - Brussels

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Climate Bonds CONNECT 2024 CONNECT is a series of events produced by Climate Bonds with the aim of creating a space for stakeholders to discuss the most urgent topics in Sustainable Finance.




Road to 2040 - Financing EU's Transition to Net Zero

Climate Bonds CONNECT 2024 arrives in Brussels at the European Parliament

Hosted by MEP Paul Tang and organised by Climate Bonds Initiative

MEP Paul Tang and Climate Bonds Initiative cordially invite you to an exclusive event on financing the EU's climate objectives.
Since the EU's sustainable finance agenda launched in 2018, initiatives like the EU Taxonomy, EU Green Bond Standard, and disclosure regulations have positioned the EU as a leader in climate action. Yet, achieving the 2050 net zero target remains uncertain:

-    Should the focus shift from ‘becoming green’ rather than ‘being green’?
-    Is emphasising transition finance and mandatory transition plans for all sectors the key to EU’s pragmatic transition agenda? 
-    How can we finance the decarbonisation of the EU’s building stock?

With the European election and new Commission college imminent, join us for a vital discussion with politicians, regulators, NGOs, and industry leaders on the future of sustainable finance.

Venue:  European Parliament

Entrance: Simone Veil Entrance, Place du Luxembourg 

Date:  Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Time:  08:45 - 13:00 ECT


08:45 - 09:00 Registration 

09:00 - 09:30 Networking Refreshments

09:30 - 09:35 Welcome

  • Anna-Maria Spyriouni, Head of Europe – Climate Bonds Initiative

09:35 - 09:45 Opening Speech

  • Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament

09:45 - 10:05 Keynote Address 

  • Philippe Lamberts, Co-President Greens, Member of the European Parliament 

10:05 - 10:50 From being green to becoming green: ideas for the future of sustainable and transition finance     


  • Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament
  • Birgitte Søgaard Holm - Executive Director, Finance Denmark
  • Andrei Gurin - Team Leader of Taxonomy, European Commission
  • Francesca Pezzoli - Investors Relations Director, SNAM

Moderator:  Sean Kidney, CEO - Climate Bonds Initiative

10:50 - 11:00 Keynote Address - Mainstreaming Climate Change into Economic Analysis and Policies: What’s Needed Now?

  • Nathaniel Arnold, Deputy Representative to the EU, International Monetary Fund

11:00 - 11:05 Presentation - Low carbon buildings standard for climate bond

  • Aishwarya Sankar, Buildings Sustainability analyst, Climate Bonds Initiative

11:05 - 11:55 Beyond 2024, opportunities in transitioning the buildings sector    


  • Pierluca Merola - Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Luca Bertalot - Secretary General, European Mortgage Federation
  • Aurélie Beauvais - Managing Director, Euroheat & Power
  • Peter Sweatman - Chief Executive, Climate Strategy & Partners

Moderator:  Sean Kidney, CEO - Climate Bonds Initiative

11:55 - 12:00 Closing Remarks:

  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

12:00 - 13:00 Networking Lunch

February 13th, 2024 12:00 AM through 12:00 AM