The final report by the EU high-level expert group on sustainable finance (HLEG) was delivered on 31 January, the Commission, in the meantime, “responded” with an action plan on 8 March and the March European Council will need to take a stance on it as well. More than 2 years after the “Paris Climate Deal” and the entry into force of the “Sustainable Development Goals”, is Europe ready to take sustainable finance to the next level, making finance work for sustainable development and for protecting our climate?
This and other questions were discussed at the high-level conference on sustainable finance, organized by DIW Berlin and the European Commission’s Representation in Germany in co-operation with the German Hub for Sustainable Finance on 22 February 2018 from 12 pm till 6 pm.
The Representative of the European Commission in Germany, Richard N. Kühnel
With an introductory note about the key findings of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance by its Chairman, Christian Thimann, Senior Executive to the AXA Chairman
Has sustainable finance reached the financial policy mainstream?
Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission
Marcel Fratzscher, President of DIW Berlin
Christian Thimann, Senior Advisor to the AXA Chairman & Chairman of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
Joachim Wuermeling, Member of the Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Moderator: Kristina Jeromin, Head of Group Sustainability, Deutsche Börse Group
Karsten Neuhoff, Head of Climate Policy Department, DIW Berlin
Bernhard Goeke, Head of Division Climate Policy, Federal Environment Ministry, Germany
Gerhard Schick, Member of the German Parliament, Die Grünen
Moderator: Karsten Loeffler, Co-Head of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance
Michael Schmidt, Managing Director, Deka Investment GmbH
Alexander Bassen, Member of the German Sustainability Council
Mirjam Wolfrum, Director Policy & Reporting, CDP Europe
Steffen Schwartz-Höfler, Senior Manager Sustainability Strategy, Reporting & Ratings, ThyssenKrupp AG
Moderator: Karsten Neuhoff, Head of Climate Policy Department, DIW Berlin
Silvia Kreibiehl, Co-Head of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance
Katharina Latif, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Allianz SE
Gerald Podobnik, Global Head of Capital Solutions & Sustainable Financing, Global Capital Markets, FSG, Deutsche Bank AG
Moderator: Matthias Kopp, Head Sustainable Finance, WWF Germany
Where do we go from here, who will take the lead and what can we expect from policy makers in Berlin, Brussels and around the EU?
Olivier Guersent, Director General of DG FISMA, European Commission
Levin Holle, Director General for Financial Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Chris Barrett, Executive Director, Finance and Economics, European Climate Foundation
Moderator: Christoph Bals, CEO, Germanwatch