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Finanzwende Forum: Divest/ Invest

15 September 2016 from 10:00 to 17:30
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Sonnemannstraße 9-11, Frankfurt am Main

Im Rahmen des UN-Klimaabkommens von Paris wurde im letzten Jahr verbindlich festgelegt, die Erderwärmung auf deutlich unter zwei Grad Celsius zu begrenzen. Vor diesem Hintergrund wollen wir uns auf dem diesjährigen Finanzwende Forum zum einen mit den finanziellen Risiken auseinandersetzen, die durch Investitionen in emissionsintensive Anlagen entstehen. Zum anderen wollen wir Hebel für die Entwicklung und Verbreitung nachhaltiger Finanzprodukte diskutieren.





  • Anton Hofreiter MdB, Co-Chair of the Green Parliamentary Group German Bundestag
  • Reinhard Bütikofer MEP, Co-Chair European Green Party European Parliament 
  • Gerhard Schick MdB, Spokesperson on Financial Policy of the Green Parliamentary Group German Bundestag


Disclosing Risks, Revealing Opportunities: What Information do Financial Markets Need for a Sustainable Transition?

Sound financial decision-making, especially before the background of an economic transformation, requires robust information. Reliable, standardized and significant data about climate-relevant aspects of investments that go beyond carbon footprinting can enable market participants to better protect the value of their investments against climate risks, create stability by making finance flows compatible with a global warming scenario well below 2°C and allow investors to seize the opportunities of a low-carbon transformation. How does this climate-related information need to look like? How can it be made accessible and applicable to different asset classes and entire portfolios and how can it be mainstreamed into financial decision-making?

  • Oliver Bäte (Keynote) CEO, Allianz
  • Maximilian Horster Director Financial Industry South Pole Group
  • Christian Thimann (tbc) Vice-Chair FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures Head of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs, AXA
  • Matthias Hellstern Managing Director Corporate Finance Group EMEA, Moody's Deutschland
  • Moderator: Reinhard Bütikofer MEP Co-Chair European Green Party, Member of the European Parliament




Promoting the Development and Diffusion of Green Financial Products

From pension funds to local governments and individual savers, the interest to divest is growing. Yet divestment is only one part of the Finanzwende. The other part is investment where a perceived lack of diversified and scalable green alternatives can pose challenges. Pension funds in particular are required to invest in safe and liquid assets such as government bonds and established stock indices. Yet most indices still include high-carbon companies. Another hurdle is a lack of transparent information as especially retail investors see themselves confronted with a complicated market that lacks accepted labels that help differentiating between green and conventional alternatives. How can public and private actors work together to promote the further development and diffusion of green financial products?

  • Caio Koch-Weser (Keynote) European Climate Foundation
  • Sir Roger Gifford Chair, 2016 City of London Green Finance Initiative
  • Anja Mikus Chief Investment Officer, Arabesque Partners
  • Jochen Wermuth Founder and CIO, Wermuth Asset Management
  • Moderator: Gerhard Schick MdB Spokesperson on Financial Policy The Green Parliamentary Group, Deutscher Bundestag


Kaffeepause/Coffee Break


Investing, Incentivizing or Regulating? The Paris Agreement, the G20 Green Finance Study Group and Political Levers for the Finanzwende 

When international leaders agreed on a climate deal in Paris in December 2015, they brought in line political ambitions with scientific realities. At COP 22 in Marrakesh, all eyes will be on how this ambition can be put into action. Re-channeling public and private finance from carbon-intensive to low-carbon technologies and practices will be an essential part of complying with the long-term climate goal. A broad discussion on political instruments for financial reform is currently underway: greening multilateral development banks, public budgets, market places or public investment strategies. Proposal-sets and best-practices are proliferating - from national reforms to global initiatives such as the G20 Green Finance Study Group. What can we expect from policy-makers to push forward the Green Finance agenda? What have to be the signals and frameworks that mobilize the investments needed for such a transition?

  • Per Bolund  (Keynote) Swedish Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs, Deputy Minister for Finance
  • Simon Zadek Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
  • Heffa Schickung Director, Urgewalt e.V.
  • Moderator: Annalena Baerbock MdB, Spokesperson on Climate Policy The Green Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag



  • Annalena Bierbock MdB, Spokesperson on Climate Policy The Green Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag

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