The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment and the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme are set to launch a new workstream pinpointing what climate-related legal risk means in financial terms for companies. Dr Thom Wetzer told RI, 'It's clear that litigation risk is real - it's not some figment of an activist's imagination.'
IPE covers the inaugural Oxford Sustainable Finance Summit 2022, hosted by Dr Ben Caldecott. This in-depth article highlights insights from a myriad of speakers including from the United Nations, Blackrock, MSF, Saïd Business School, Linklaters and more.
Set to open its doors in autumn 2022, the new Lab will be embedded in the University of Oxford and welcomes the Financial Conduct Authority as its founding partner.
Flagship event examined the latest developments in sustainable finance and investment, and explored how institutions representing $130 trillion in assets can help to tackle climate change. All Summit recordings are now available online.
Over 1,000 influential civil servants, regulators, and representatives from civil society have undertaken a course with the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, part of Oxford University, over the last 12 months, enabled by philanthropic funding from the IKEA Foundation and the European Climate Foundation.
Thom Wetzer has been appointed by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to its newly-established Consultative Working Group (CWG) on Sustainable Finance
Making carbon markets work better is more of a political challenge than an economic one... The difficulty is building and preserving support for measures that make most economic activities costlier. The same applies to other climate-friendly measures, notes Dr Ben Caldecott of Oxford University: Britain has long failed to raise petrol taxes in line with inflation, costing the government billions.
The overhaul of the global energy system may represent the single biggest investment opportunity in history, reports the Financial Times.
However, as the energy transition becomes more urgent, responsible investors need to think less about these ratings and more about outcomes, says Dr Ben Caldecott.
“What do ESG scores tell us about anything?” he asks. “They are mainly measuring processes and policies — if a company has a policy in place against deforestation it will get a good score, even if it is deforesting.”