UNEP FI at COP25: Highlighting finance sector action to governments, boosting climate finance ambition

The annual gathering of governments, private sector and civil society will now take place in Madrid, Spain between 2 and 13 December to further action on climate change and implement the promises that were made under the Paris Climate Agreement. Find out what UNEP FI is doing at COP25 to bring the latest climate commitments made by UNEP FI members to the attention of policymakers. UNEP FI members can attend many of the events – check out the list below and get in touch if you have questions about accreditation.

During the UN Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit, UNEP FI launched two high-ambition initiatives that will be key drivers of finance sector action on climate change in the coming years. 33 of the banks who signed the new Principles for Responsible Banking also launched a collective commitment to climate action, and 12 very large institutional investors unveiled the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance.

With these two pledges, financial heavyweights like Allianz, SwissRe, Calpers, Societe Generale, BBVA, as well as institutions from Latin America such as BFA and Produbanco are committing to fully align their financial portfolios with the mitigation objectives of the Paris Agreement with intermediate targets every 5 years.

These groups are a natural response to the now established recognition that more sophisticated management of climate-related risks and a more systematic disclosure of such risks by financial institutions might actually not lead to a ‘greening’ of these institutions’ practices. In fact, the contrary could conceivably be the case. UNEP FI is therefore now advocating for an evolution from a risk-based narrative in climate finance towards a norms-based one. This narrative will emphasise (measurable and traceable) outcomes and impacts as opposed to procedural aspects of financial institutions’ behaviour. The two initiatives are a first credible indication of the success of this advocacy.

At COP25, UNEP FI will be bringing the new ambition in climate change action born at the Climate Action Summit in New York to the attention of governments worldwide, building on our dialogue with the Coalition of Finance Ministries on Climate Action and reaching out to other parts of society to encourage more ambitious action.

As financial institutions move beyond an approach to climate change finance that is purely risk-based and towards an approach that is also normative, and focused on environmental outcomes and impacts, banks, insurers and investors will have to turn their attention to their business models, and ensure their portfolios are not only compatible with but also enable the climate mitigation objectives of the Paris Agreement.

This new ambition will require combining the financing of the decarbonization of the economy – to prevent the worst form of climate change – with financing the adaptation of socio-economic systems to the climate change that cannot be mitigated.

UNEP FI is implementing this new ambition through three platforms: the two afore-mentioned initiatives with banks and asset owners, and our adaptation work which cuts across all financial industries. Read more about our platform on adaptation here.

UNEP FI at COP25

For more information on these events and to find out if you can get accreditation through UNEP FI email climate@unepfi.org.

Date and TimeLocation/AccessDetailsUNEP FI Member Participants
5th December 10:00-13:00Roundtable Room (tbc)Pressing Record on Climate Action

The objective of this two-day workshop is to put into motion a framework towards establishing metrics for tracking progress. This will enable cooperative and individual climate actions to be tracked from going forward in such a way that they will ultimately appear on the Global Climate Action portal and be utilized by the broader analytical and research community.
(None)
9th December 10:30-12:00within the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredPanel discussion: “The role of public finance for climate action in context of a new climate finance goal”

Focusing on the key role of public finance to support climate goals in developing countries including through fiscal, economic, and financial policies to cut emissions and prioritize low-carbon growth.

Watch session recording here..
Guenther Thallinger, CIO, Allianz
9th December 18:30-20:00within the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredInvestors, companies and Governments stepping up climate ambition in 2020 for a net-zero future
An Investor Agenda official side event, co-convened by UNEP FI.
Divya Mankikar, CalPERS
(Aviva Investors CIO, Pending Accreditation)
10th December 15:00-16:30Pavilion'Aligning Financial Flows with the 1.5 Climate Goal'
• Asset owners have committed to align investments with the 1.5°C goal
• Examples of tools that asset owners can use to implement their 1.5°C commitment
• Asset owner view
• Closing remarks by Margaret Kuhlow
Thomas Liesch, Allianz
11th December 10:00-12:00within the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredCaring for Climate – Global Compact Event Odd Arild Grefstad, CEO, Storebrand
11th December 15:00-16:00within the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredPress Briefing - UNFCCC Climate Ambition Alliance Karin Greve-Isdahl, Storebrand EVP
11th December Afternoonwithin the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredHigh Level Event with SG on Climate Ambition AllianceAXA CIO for Spain (TBC)
11th December 16:45-18:15within the COP perimeter, COP accreditation requiredClimate Alignment in the Financial Sector: An official side event by UNEP FI & Partners

This event will provide participants with a deeper understanding of what climate alignment is and how leading public and private financial institutions are working towards it.

In partnership with the Climate Policy Initiative, and the Rocky Mountain Institute
Paul Bodnar, Rocky Mountain Institute, Sylvain Vanston, AXA, Sarah Breeden, Bank of England, Barbara Buchner, Climate Policy Initiative, Remco Fischer, UNEP FI, Boitumelo Mosako, DBSA, Franco Piza, Grupo Bancolombia and Hubert Ruzibiza, Rwanda Green Fund.
12th December 10:00-12:00 outside of the COP perimeter, no accreditation required but invitation onlyUNEP FI’s official side event: New Climate Leadership

To clarify what climate leadership from financial institutions looks like today, showcase the new climate ambition from financial institutions and explore how to scale up this work.

In partnership with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF), and Finisterrae University.
Nadia Calviño, Spanish Minister of the Economy and Business
Margarita Delgado, Central Bank of Spain
Inger Andersen, UNEP
Carlos Torres Vila, BBVA
José Antonio Álvarez, Santander

 

Find out more about COP25 here.

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