Third AI for Sustainable Finance Seminar: Using AI to classify drivers of the global forest loss
3pm, 22 July 2020 | Dr Philip Curtis, Juniata Analytics | Webinar
We would like to invite you to our third AI for Sustainable Finance Seminar. The series is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in this emerging interdisciplinary field to come together and explore new methods, datasets, and research questions. It is also an opportunity to share updates with colleagues and network with your peers. The seminars are organised by the Alan Turing Institute Sustainable Finance Theme.
The second seminar will take place on the 22nd July at 3pm UK time, it will be followed by wider network updates and discussion chaired by Dr Ben Caldecott.
The seminar will be given by Dr Philip Curtis, co-founder of the start-up Juniata Analytics that is developing a system to help food businesses measure and report the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains. Juniata Analytics provides consulting services and is currently finishing a project with ReFED, a think tank dedicated to reducing food waste, to deliver a first of its kind food waste tracking model and solutions prioritization tool. Previously, Philip served as a researcher for The Sustainability Consortium where he worked closely with retailers and brand manufacturers to model their agricultural and forestry commodity supply chains to better understand and address supply chain risks. Philip completed a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelors in Geography and Geology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Tropical deforestation, contributing to the GHG emissions, has been featuring prominently on the global environmental finance agenda, specifically in the context of the high-risk commodities. To end deforestation, companies must eliminate 5 million hectares of conversion from supply chains each year; However, despite regional differences and efforts by governments, conservationists, and corporations to stem the losses, the overall rate of commodity-driven deforestation has not declined. Forest loss is being driven by various factors, including commodity production, forestry, agriculture, wildfire, and urbanization. Just over a quarter of global forest loss is due to deforestation through permanent land use change for the production of commodities, including beef, soy, palm oil, and wood fiber. Global maps of forest loss depict the scale and magnitude of forest disturbance, yet companies, governments, and nongovernmental organizations need to distinguish permanent conversion (i.e., deforestation) from temporary loss from forestry or wildfire. Using satellite imagery, a forest loss classification model has been developed to determine a spatial attribution of forest disturbance to the dominant drivers of land cover and land use change over the period 2001 to 2015. Results indicate that 27% of global forest loss can be attributed to deforestation through permanent land use change for commodity production. The remaining areas maintained the same land use over 15 years; in those areas, loss was attributed to forestry (26%), shifting agriculture (24%), and wildfire (23%).
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The Race of our Lives
POSTPONED - 27 April 2020 | 16.30pm, Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford | Reception held at Weston Library, Bodleian, University of Oxford
The University of Oxford has the pleasure of inviting you to attend a lecture by the acclaimed investor and philanthropist, Jeremy Grantham CBE, on Monday 27th April 2020 at the Sheldonian Theatre, followed by a drinks reception.
Jeremy Grantham is credited with, among many other things, predicting the 2000 and 2008 downturns. He is a co-founder of GMO, LLC, an investment management firm in Boston. In 1998 Jeremy and his wife Hannelore established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment which seeks to protect and improve the health of the global environment and to which they have committed approximately 98% of their net worth. The foundation's grants focus on climate change and biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on international initiatives.
In 2011, Jeremy was named in the Top 50 Most Influential People in Finance by Bloomberg Markets. In 2013, he was ranked in the top 65 World Thinkers by Prospect Magazine and in 2019, was listed by the Economist's Climate Issue as one of 12 leading "capitalists" in the climate field.
Jeremy was invested as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 for his climate change related philanthropy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient with his wife of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
Please do register as soon as you can as we are very likely to be over subscribed.
POSTPONED - 6 April 2020 | noon-1pm, Alderson Hall 352, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines, 1613 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401 United States
Aligning finance with sustainability is a necessary condition for tackling the environmental challenges facing humanity. Finance impacts the natural environment directly and indirectly. The environment also directly and indirectly impacts finance and the performance of investments. There is significant and growing interest from policymakers and practitioners in the relationship between the environment, sustainability, and finance.
Sustainable finance is a broad, evolving, and exciting new multidisciplinary field with lots of opportunities for impact. What is the state of sustainable finance today, what are its drivers, and where will it head in the future? Further, what is the role of academic research in this area and how is this evolving?
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.
9th Sustainable Finance Forum
Date to be confirmed | Waddesdon Manor, Bicester Rd, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH
The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, together with The Rothschild Foundation and the KR Foundation, is organising the 9th Sustainable Finance Forum. The 9th Forum will focus on scenarios and the financial risks from climate change.
This will be held at Waddesdon Manor - an estate built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 in Buckinghamshire - with accommodation at nearby Hartwell House. There is no fee for attendance and there will be no more than 60 high-level attendees. If you would like to attend, please apply for your place by sending us details of your position, affiliation, and interest in the topic. We carefully curate each forum and will let you know whether you have secured a place in due course.
Climate change creates risks to both the safety and soundness of individual firms and to the stability of the financial system. These risks are already starting to crystallise, and have the potential to increase substantially in the future.
Scenario analysis can be used to test both the resilience of financial institution business models and the financial system to climate-related physical and transition risks. Central banks and supervisors are placing new requirements on supervised firms to undertake scenario analysis and are also undertaking system wide analysis. The Bank of England's Supervisory Statement and the 2021 Biennial Exploratory Scenario are both good examples of this in action. Scenario analysis is also a core part of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.
Scenario analysis of the financial risks from climate change is currently more of an art than a science. Practitioners, supervisors, and researchers are all trying to "figure it out" simultaneously, with best practice yet to crystallise. The forum will be a safe, pre-competitive space to explore the key dimensions, assumptions, sensitivities, and future directions of this topic, together with participants from a range of different parts of the financial system.
There will be a huge amount of very interesting content for us to discuss in an intimate setting together with peers. The forums are always very well attended and demand always exceeds supply. We encourage early applications.
The agenda for the the 9th Forum will be available in the spring.
Please also see our event archive for past events.