Building sterling as a world-leading green bond market

This half-day event reviewed the issuance of the UK government’s first green sovereign bond, the future of the sterling green bond market and how biodiversity can be incorporated into investment decisions. Through its presidency of COP26, the UK aims to agree global coordinated approaches to tackling climate change, including how to mobilise capital and develop sustainable taxonomy standards. The role of financing in the green agenda is more important than ever as the global sovereign green bond market exceeds £100bn. It is only set to boom further with £15bn in green gilts.

This meeting discussed market dynamics of green gilt issuance and the implications for developing a green yield curve, as well as the innovative UK Government Green Financing Framework. Following the findings of the Dasgupta Review, published by the UK Treasury in February, the government set out a framework for incorporating nature and biodiversity into economics and decision-making. This meeting discussed the metrics needed to support investment decisions and how to scale up opportunities for biodiversity.

Welcome remarks

John Orchard, Chief Executive Officer, OMFIF

Keynote: The UK’s role in financing the green agenda

John Glen, Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury
Clive Horwood, Deputy CEO and Managing Editor, OMFIF

Session I: The future of the green sterling market

Jessica Pulay, Co-Head of Policy and Markets, UK Debt Management Office
Mario Pisani, Deputy Director, Debt and Reserves Management, HM Treasury
Eoin Murray, Head of Investment Office, Federated Hermes
Jean-Marc Mercier, Vice-Chairman, Capital Markets, Global Banking and Markets, HSBC
Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and New Products, World Bank
Lori Heinel, Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors
Clive Horwood, Deputy CEO and Managing Editor, OMFIF

In conversation and Q&A: The Economics of Biodiversity

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge
John Orchard, CEO, OMFIF

Session II: Investing in Nature: One metric to measure them all? Success and scaling up in biodiversity

Paul O’Connor, Executive Director, Head of EMEA ESG Debt Capital Markets, JP Morgan
Tushita Ranchan, Trustee, Green Purposes Company
Peter Young, Chairperson at ISO/TC 322, Sustainable Finance Committee
Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity Initiative
Robert-Alexandre Poujade, ESG Analyst, Biodiversity Lead, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Helen Avery, Head of Nature Programmes, Green Finance Institute

In-conversation on the NGFS, biodiversity and COP26

Jean Boissinot, Head of Secretariat, Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
Clive Horwood, Deputy CEO and Managing Editor, OMFIF

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‘Team Europe’ Borrowers Forum is part of the ‘Funding a new era for Europe’ series of events that OMFIF is hosting with other sovereign borrowers in the region to discuss their funding plans and outlook of the bond markets. We are also bringing our unique network of some of the world’s most powerful and influential investors into the conversation, together with the market insight of leading intermediaries.

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