Climate Bonds Conference & Awards 2020




"We’re in the midst of a pandemic rooted in pathogens jumping between species as a result of environmental degradation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been telling us for 25 years that we can expect a 21st Century of pandemics and extreme weather shocks – climate change will not be like a slowly warming bath. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also tells us that to avoid catastrophic climate change we have to get global emissions down 50% by 2030. That will require us to rapidly Transition our economy from high-carbon to low carbon; it will require us to not only build new green assets but to work with industries like steel, plastics, cement – and oil and gas – to deliver the Transition we need to meet those goals. The aim is to support the rapid growth of a transition bonds market as part of a larger and liquid climate-related market. We seek to deliver confidence for investors, clarity for bankers and credibility for issuers. The opportunity is immense."

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative




Key statistics that show the scale of our 1st Online Multi-Day Conference:

  • 5th Climate Bonds Annual Conference  & Awards

  • 3175 people subscribed  + 234% Previous year

  • 53 Speakers

  • 14 Sessions of discussions translated in 5 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian.

  • 95 Countries represented

  • 1466 Organisations taking part




Key Note Speakers:

  • Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission

  • Frank Elderson, NGFS, DNB

His Excellency Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, Government of Nigeria
Valvanera Ulargui Aparicio, Director General for the Climate Change Office - Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Spanish Government
Hiro Mizuno, Special Advisor to Japan’s Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and TCFD, former CIO of GPIF, Japan’s Ministry for Economy
Satoshi Ikeda, Chief Sustainable Finance Officer, Financial Services Agency of Japan
Denise Odaro, Head of Investor Relations, International Finance Corporation
Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
Martin Spolc, Head of Sustainable Finance, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Financial Stability,, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA)
Marcos Neto, Director of the Finance Sector Hub, United Nations Development Programme
Jin Liqun, President & Chairman of the Board, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Yves Perrier, Chief Executive Officer, Amundi
Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI - Principles for Responsible Investment
Julie Becker, Deputy CEO, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Dr. Daniel Klier,  Chief of Staff Global Banking & Markets; Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Dr. Chang Wei, President and CEO, Deputy Director of the expert committee of China Hydrogen Alliance (CHA), President and CEO of National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE), China Energy Group
Dr. Rhian Mari Thomas OBE, Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute UK
Richard F. Lacaille,  Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors
Agnes Gourc, Co-Head Sustainable Finance Markets, BNP Paribas
Ahmed Al Qabany, Manager, Climate Change Division, The Islamic Development Bank
Anna Zubets-Anderson, Vice President – ESG Analyst, Moody’s Corporation
Dr. Barnabas Acs, Global Business Development Director – Sustainable Finance, Refinitiv
Erin Bigley, Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager-Fixed income and Responsible Investment, AllianceBernstein
Eugene Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Finance Institute Asia (ASIF)
Francine Lacqua, Anchor, Bloomberg Television
Gillian Tan, Executive Director of Financial Markets Development, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Grové Steyn, Managing Director, Meridian Economics
Helen Mountford, Vice President for Climate and Economics at the World Resources Institute &, Programme Director, New Climate Economy Project
Helena Viñes Fiestas, Global Head of Stewardship and Policy; Deputy Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Izlan Zainal Abidin,  Deputy Chief Executive, Securities Commission Malaysia
Jarrad Linzie,  Managing Director & Head of Index Research Product Development, J.P. Morgan
Justine Leigh-Bell,  Deputy CEO & Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
Kevin Smith, Vice President, Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs
Luis Cabra, Executive Managing Director of Technology Development, Resources and Sustainability and Member of Repsol’s Executive Committee, Repsol
Mark Fulton, Chairman Carbon Tracker Initiative Research Council and, Program Coordinator for Inevitable Policy Response
Mark Lewis, Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Michael Gaynor, Senior Credit Research Analyst, BBVA
Mitch Reznick, CFA, Head of Research and Sustainable Fixed Income, Hermes
Namita Vikas, Founder & Managing Partner of Auctus ESG, & Senior Advisor Climate Bonds Initiative
Nick Robins, Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, London School of Economics
Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power - Green H2 project
Paul Bodnar, Managing Director, Rocky Mountains Institute
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Air Liquide, Vice-President, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit
Preety Bhandari, Chief of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, SDCD, Asian Development Bank
Rathin Roy,  Managing Director, ODI and Senior Advisor, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney, Co-Founder & CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sevinc Acar, Investment Director Fixed Income, PGGM
Sirivipa Supantanet, Deputy Secretary-General, Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand
Xindong Wang, Chief Technology Officer and Deputy General Manager, HBIS Group
Yo Takatsuki, Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership, AXA Investment Managers
Zoë Knight, Managing Director, HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance


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