Nothing short of a revolution: Green Finance and the EU taxonomy

What impact will the EU’s Taxonomy have on financial markets and what’s the ideal role now for policymakers to refocus finance?

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Event summary:

  • Will the taxonomy redirect capital towards sustainable investments or simply add red tape to the work of asset managers?
  • Will greenwashing end once the taxonomy is completed or will the ESG confusion continue?
  • Will consumers be able to use the new info the regulation will send their way?
  • Will the taxonomy boost sustainable finance or kill innovation?
  • Do transition and enabling activities make sense or are they just loopholes?

Sustainable investments have surged in recent years with some setting the total asset value at over €30 Trillion. However, the lack of a common language has allowed for the most unsustainable products to be sold as “good for the planet”. Investors have been demanding legitimacy and the EU has gone a long way to ensure them of that.

Come join some of the biggest names in the debate on 19th February 2020 to discuss the impact of EU policy on the market and what’s left to play for.


08:30 – 09:00 Coffee

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome – Luca Bonaccorsi, Director of Sustainable Finance, T&E

09:10-09:45 Keynote Address – Mario Nava, Director at DG FISMA, European Commission

09:45 – 10:45 Panel 1 – Ensuring Science Determines What’s Sustainable

– UNPRI – Alyssa Heath, Head of EU and UK Policy

– European Environment Agency – Wouter Vanneuville, Expert on Climate Change Adaptation

– WWF – Sebastien Godinot, Head of the Sustainable Finance Unit

– Birdlife – Ariel Brunner, Acting Regional Director & Senior Head of Policy

Audience Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15 Panel 2 – Will it work? The Impact of the Taxonomy Regulation on Green Finance and Real Economy

– MSCI – Marion de Marcillac, Executive Director for ESG Products

– BNP Paribas Asset Management – Helena Vines Fiestas, Global Head of Stewardship and Policy

– Blackrock – Carole Crozat, Head of Thematic Research

– Profundo – Jan Willem van Gelder, Director

Audience Q&A

12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks – William Todts, Executive Director, T&E

12:30 -14:00 Networking Lunch

Event Moderator: Luca Bonaccorsi, Director of Sustainable Finance, T&E

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