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6th Stranded Assets Forum: From disclosure to data - towards a new consensus for the future of measuring environmental risk and opportunity

6 & 7 April 2017 | Waddesdon Manor | Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH

Day 1: Towards a new consensus on the role of asset-level data, big data, and advanced analytics in shaping company, investor, and regulator responses to environmental risk and opportunity.

Day 2: Asset-level Data Initiative (ADI) - how to realise the ambition of making accurate, comparable, and comprehensive asset-level data tied to ownership publicly available across key sectors and geographies.

The G20 Financial Stability Board (FSB), European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), and Bank of England have all recently warned how environmental factors, particularly physical climate change impacts and societal responses to climate change, could have implications for asset values and even financial stability. While these regulators have emphasised the need to pre-emptively manage 'stranded asset' risk in financial institutions and throughout the financial system as a whole, without better data availability and improvements in the way that investors measure their exposure to environmental risk and opportunity this will be extremely challenging. Correcting this major gap is now an urgent priority.

This high-level forum will explore developments in the way that investors measure company and asset-level exposure to environmental risk and opportunity. New datasets, new analysis of existing data, and new approaches and methodologies (including advanced analytics, 'big data', and remote sensing) could all give financial institutions important information on the environmental performance of their investments. These approaches may also help to plug significant gaps in the value of existing corporate-level voluntary reporting.

The Forum will explore some of these emerging areas, as well as critically review current investor approaches for measuring environmental risk and opportunity in investment portfolios in terms of insight, accuracy, and relevancy to practitioners. We are particularly interested in how new approaches might be applied in emerging and developing country markets.

The Forum will also attempt to build some consensus on how to operationalise these development and ensure uptake happens as quickly as possible. In this regard, the second day of the Forum will host the inaugural meeting of the new Asset-level Data Initiative, a new project currently being established by the University of Oxford, Stanford University, CDP, and 2 Degrees Investing Initiative.

By Invitation only

Special Issue in Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment

There is a Special Issue of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment associated with this Forum. Details of how to submit papers can be found here.



Oxford Smith School Sustainable Finance Course 2017

18-21 September 2017

We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Course in 2017. The Sustainable Finance Course was successfully piloted in 2016 and is designed as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in policy, regulation, civil society, and investment. The course is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at a college of the University of Oxford and over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.