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Sustainable Finance: EU Taxonomy

This webinar offers an introduction to EU Taxonomy, one of the most significant developments in sustainable finance, which will have wide ranging implications for investors and issuers working in the EU and beyond. The EU Taxonomy is a tool to help investors, companies, issuers and project promoters navigate the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and resource-efficient economy. The Taxonomy sets performance thresholds for economic activities which: 
•  make a substantive contribution to one of six environmental objectives;
•  do no significant harm (DNSH) to the other five, where relevant; 
•  meet minimum safeguards (e.g., OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights). 
The performance thresholds will help companies, project promoters and issuers access green financing to improve their environmental performance, as well as helping to identify which activities are already environmentally friendly. In doing so, it will help to grow low-carbon sectors and decarbonise high-carbon ones.

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilise global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programmes in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.


Monday 1 March 2021
5.00 to 6.30 pm (CET)


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