Just Zero - a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition

Date: 7:00 am EDT October 25, 2021 - 1:00 pm EDT October 27, 2021     Venue: Online via Zoom       Duration: 3 days

 

Just Transition: the Financial Imperative for COP26 

 

A key factor in accelerating the shift to a resilient net zero economy is making sure that the transition is fair and inclusive, one that delivers decent work, cuts inequality and eradicates poverty. This is the agenda of the just transition, an imperative included in the Paris Agreement, and one which is gaining increasing attention by governments, business and trade unions and civil society, as vital to achieving climate success. The financial sector is also recognising the key role it can play to support the just transition, whether as banks, investors or development finance institutions. 

The aim of the Just Zero conference is to bring together some of the key activities that are underway to mobilise the financial sector in support of a just transition and build a momentum for change heading into the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. 

The Conference is organised by the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics with the Initiative for Responsible Investment, Center for Public Leadership, at the Harvard Kennedy School; the Principles for Responsible Investment; and the International Trade Union Confederation. Other collaborators include CDC, the Institute for Human Rights and Business as well as the Place-based Climate Action Network.
 

DAY 1 Monday, October 25, 2021


Session 1. The Just Transition Leadership Agenda for Finance

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM EDT

 

The opening session of the Just Zero Conference will set the strategic agenda, identifying what is needed to achieve system-wide change for the just transition at COP26 and beyond, focusing on the specific role of finance. The session will include leaders from the world of policy, finance and labour including:

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister, Spain

Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI

Moderator: Nick Robins, Professor in Practice – Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute, LSE 

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Session 2. Engaging for Change: Shareholders, Business & the Just Transition

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

 

Shareholder engagement is a powerful tool for responding to climate risks and promoting corporate alignment with net zero. Investors are starting to incorporate just transition expectations into their engagement activities. This session will focus on what is needed to scale up investor efforts to improve business practice, with leading practitioners including: 

Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS.

Gerbrand Haverkamp, CEO, World Benchmarking Alliance

Samantha Smith, Director, Just Transition Centre

Carlota Garcia-Manas, Head of Engagement, Royal London Asset Management

Kate Wallace Lockhart, Head of Social Impact, SSE

Moderator: David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

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DAY 2  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 

Session 3. Financing the Just Transition in Emerging Markets

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM EDT

 

The real test of the just transition will be in emerging and developing economies, where investment needs for climate action are greatest and where the imperatives of ending poverty, cutting inequality and delivering sustainable livelihoods are most pressing. This session will focus on the priorities of two countries, India and South Africa, as well as the strategies of development financial institutions, with speakers including: 

Dipak Patel, Head, Climate Finance & Innovation, Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa 

 * Saul Levin, Executive Director, TIPS, South Africa

Jayant Sinha, Member of Parliament, India

Prasad Modak, Executive President, EMC, India

Mafalda Duarte, Head of Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

Amal-Lee Amin, Director, Climate Change, CDC

Moderator: Nick Robins, Professor in Practice – Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute, LSE.

This session is hosted by the Initiative for Responsible Investment and the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

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Session 4. Voice & Place: Worker & Community Perspectives on Financing the Just Transition

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

 

An essential component of the just transition is the active participation of workers and communities in climate strategies. This session will focus on how investor action on the just transition can be guided by dialogue with workers and communities, with leading union and community representatives as well as investors and international policymakers, including:

Erin Hutson, Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) USA

Renana Jhabvala, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), India

Kirsten Spalding, CERES, USA

Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Global Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, ILO

Moderator: Vonda Brunsting, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

This session is hosted by the Initiative for Responsible Investment and the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

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DAY 3 Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 

Session 5. Financing a Just Transition Alliance UK: Report Launch 

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM EDT

 

The just transition is increasingly recognised by financial institutions as a critical factor for climate success in the UK. This session will launch the report from the Financing the Just Transition Alliance, a coalition of 40 organisations, which will show what banks and investors need to do and what policy changes are required. Speakers include: 

John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee (CCC)

Sarah Gordon, CEO, Impact Investing Institute

Bevis Watts, CEO, Triodos UK

Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, Federated Hermes

Paul Nowak, Deputy Secretary General, TUC

Sabrina Muller, Policy Analyst, Grantham Research Institute, LSE

Moderator: Nick Robins, Professor in Practice – Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute, LSE 

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Session 6. Finance, the Just Transition & COP26: Key Messages 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

 

COP26 needs to achieve major breakthroughs on net zero, resilience and climate finance. The just transition is set to gain increased policy, business and civil society profile as a tool for accelerating action. This closing session will reflect on the key messages from the Just Zero conference for COP26, with leading speakers including: 

Rachel Kyte, Dean, Fletcher School, Tufts University

John Morrison, CEO, Institute for Human Rights and Business HRB

Nick Robins, LSE

* As well as representatives from the PRI, ITUC and the PPCA

Moderator: David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

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