Green Finance Introduction

Green Finance Introduction

Simon Thompson

CBI Chief Executive & ESG specialist

Green Finance promotes the flow of financial support towards the development of environmentally sustainable activities. In this video, Simon provides an introduction to this vital topic by outlining its importance and what it means in practice.

Green Finance promotes the flow of financial support towards the development of environmentally sustainable activities. In this video, Simon provides an introduction to this vital topic by outlining its importance and what it means in practice.

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Green Finance Introduction

8 mins 26 secs

Overview

The scientific consensus is that human activity continues to have a significant impact on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Oct 2018 Special Report forecast that global warming is likely to reach 1.5 degrees between 2030 and 2052 if emissions continue at the current rate. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires reducing emissions of CO2 by 45% by 2030, relative to 2010 levels. The financial services sector can play a key role in supporting transition by mobilising and directing private capital.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define green finance

  • Describe the role of green finance in climate change mitigation

  • Identify the drivers of the growth in green finance

  • Understand what green finance means in practice

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Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Simon is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute and co-author of Green Finance: Principles and Practice. He is also a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network, and is currently Chair of the Global Banking Education Standards Committee. He specialises in professional ethics, and green and sustainable finance.

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