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The Sustainable Investment Forum – the largest finance-focused event took place during New York Climate Week, was back for its second edition on 19 September 2017


Organised in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and building on the success of the 2016 edition, the Forum welcomed over 350 attendees representing asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development banks, private venture capital, technology developers, mayors and national policy makers all looking to drive innovation and collaboration.

Key topics that covered include decarbonising investment portfolios, reducing risk, maximising private and public benefit and innovative finance tools and technologies.

More specifically among the key themes were:

-Corporate and regional level leadership in sustainable investment
-Increasing low carbon investment and expanding green portfolios
-Need for global standards and regulation
-New sustainable finance tools
-Leveraging technology for a risk-free financial system
-Investment to transform small and large scale energy infrastructure
-New markets for sustainable development and landscape management


The morning of the Forum saw three panel sessions discussing the necessary leadership from the private sector and regional and city governments, as well as ways, to accelerate investment in low carbon innovation. The California State Controller Betty Yee took part in the opening plenary. As Board Member of CALPERS AND CALSTRS, she emphasized both of the pension funds’ interest in what the businesses they are investing in are doing to address climate risks, and more and more large US firms are taking climate change seriously.

Public and private finance leaders discussed low carbon investment in New York

On Tuesday 19 September, Climate Action, in official partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative, held the second Sustainable Investment Forum 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square in New York during Climate Week NYC

Many companies and investors came out of the 2015 Paris climate talks with renewed vigor in those efforts, yet today we face additional challenges. The president’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement significantly reduces the world’s chances of stemming the effects of climate change. It is more important than ever to ensure that investors continue to advocate for corporate sustainability reporting because if we cannot measure it, then we cannot engage. By encouraging the adoption of voluntary standards under the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, corporations will be able to measure their use of carbon and overall sustainability. This will provide investment funds, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, with an important tool to identify corporations lacking a reasonable sustainability plan that addresses long-term risks.

Interview with California State Controller Betty T. Yee

Climate Action caught up with California State Controller Betty T. Yee on scaling up low carbon investment and her participation in the Sustainable Investment Forum

A new world has been emerging in the last 3 or 4 years. First of all, more and more pension funds are realising that at some point, their fiduciary duty requires their taking stock of climate change. If climate change is a risk, how can you justify not paying attention to that risk? You could be brought to court by a contributor that will realise some day that you knew there was a risk and you did nothing to mitigate it. Three years ago, the Risky Business Report clearly stated that climate change was a risk for business.

Interview with Philippe Desfossés, CEO of ERAFP and Vice Chair of IIGCC

Climate Action caught up with Philippe Desfossés, Chief Executive Officer of ERAFP and Vice Chair of IIGCC, on scaling up low carbon investment and his participation in the Sustainable Investment Forum

Now in its 8th year, the event will gather 600+ of the most influential national and local policy makers, UN agencies, business leaders, investors and international NGOs to meet, share knowledge and lead by example towards the full achievement of the Paris Agreement’s ambitious climate goals.

Sustainable Investment Forum: Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

The Sustainable Investment Forum – the largest finance-focused event taking place during New York Climate Week- is back for its second edition on 19 September 2017

All growth in transport is to be covered by public transport, walking or bicycling, and these transport modes get priority over the car. In 2016, for the first time, more daily trips were made by public transport than by private cars. To be able to accommodate the increased volume of passengers Oslo is planning a new metro tunnel, a new tramline and increased capacity on existing lines. How we finance public transport infrastructure in Oslo is worth mentioning as a large proportion is financed through the toll ring charges.

Interview with Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo

Climate Action caught up with Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, Norway, on scaling up low carbon investment and his participation in the Sustainable Investment Forum 2017

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