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CLIMATE & FINANCE SERIES – INTRODUCTION

2 Opposite Worlds & Cultures Are Starting To Get Along

Here we are. On-board and ready to start our Climate Finance journey. It all started when we heard that our investments actually create more carbon than our lifestyle activities combined.

That’s right: More carbon created from your savings, pension fund or life insurance, than the amount of carbon you put in the atmosphere by eating, traveling, consuming and living somewhere. With this series, we found ourselves investigating the beginning of a major transition. We looked at the issue in depth together with leading experts & politicians.

We went much further than what we thought we would be able to. We also had much more fun than you’d think.

Let’s dive in.

LISTENING GUIDE

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Interested in bonus materials? Scroll down and follow the series as a story. Our investigations unfold over several months and you’ll have a chance to dig deeper.

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EPISODE 1

HOW YOUR SAVINGS IMPACT CLIMATE CHANGE

In most countries in the Western world—and definitely in the Nordics—much of the money that is sitting at the bank, in other words “our savings,” is used every day to invest in global financial markets. Most people ignore what is really happening backstage with their investments, life insurance, pension scheme, etc.

In this episode, we analyse the connection between finance & climate change, conclude on the Paris COP21 and talk to Magnus Emfel, Senior Advisor for Green Finance at WWF International to decrypt these issues and answer one question: Who makes the decisions that lead us to investing in the problem?

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TO DIG DEEPER

OWN IT!
Swedish investments in the global energy sector and how capital affects climate change

Bankernas svarta samvete
-en kartläggning av svenska bankers investeringar i kol,
olja och gas. Naturvårdsverket

EPISODE 2

THE SYSTEM WE NEED

In this episode, we take a trip to the year 2050 to look at how the financial system should look like, in a scenario where we managed to stay below 2-degree warming of the climate system compared to pre-industrial levels. We review the pre-requisites for institutional investment to align with climate science, guided by insights from our world-class experts.

This episode features views from Eric Usher (UNEP FI, Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition) & Julian Poulter (Asset Owners Disclosure Project).

In the next episode of our series, we will go through a backcasting exercise and discuss the roadmap to reach our 2050 targets. Change management at its best!

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The UNEP Inquiry: The Financial System We Need

Aligning the finacial system with sustainable development

The World Energy Outlook

International Energy Agency

EPISODE 3

INVESTORS & THE POWER TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE

In this episode, we review what key actions we need to take in the coming years to stay under the two degrees of global warming of the climate system. With a focus on government & investors’ role, we dig into strategies for driving portfolio decarbonisation and green infrastructure development. This episode features Swedish Minister for Financial Markets & Consumer Affairs Per Bolund,

Sean Kidney (CEO at Climate Bonds Initiative), Eric Usher (UNEP FI, Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition) & Julian Poulter (Asset Owners Disclosure Project).

You’ll also hear Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate speech at the Oscars, get tips on a great movie and hear an inspiring story from Kate Hammer, our stellar storyteller.

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Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
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Some context around the French Art. 173, a good example of mandatory climate disclosure by investors

An investor platform for climate actions

Identifying potential risks associated with the transition to a low carbon economy: MSCI Low-Carbon Indexes

Investera för en bättre miljö

Naturskyddsföreningen

Sustainable Investment: Hållbara investeringar

Finansdepartementet

The UNEP Inquiry: The Financial System We Need

Aligning the finacial system with sustainable development

The 2-Degree Investing Initiative working paper –

Assessing the alignment of portfolios with climate goals

An innovative platform where you can vote your pension

The full video debate from the the Caring For Climate Business Forum at COP21 – “Integrating Climate in the Investment Decision Chain”

EPISODE 4

WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS DONE (PART 1)

You know the real problem with money – apart from never having enough? It’s that even when we don’t spend it – to buy stuff that we don’t really need – our bank, pension fund, insurance company are investing it on markets. And with our money, they finance technology and infrastructure projects that are doing harm to the Planet or to society.

This podcast series about Climate Finance was created to investigate what’s going on behind the scenes, and what needs to change. In this episode we talk to Jakob Thomä from the 2° Investing Initiative to review how can the financial sector align with the climate goals from the Paris Agreement. This episode is released in two parts.

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Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TO DIG DEEPER

Own It!

Swedish investments in the global energy sector and how capital affects climate change

WWF

EPISODE 4

WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS DONE (PART 2)

You know the real problem with money – apart from never having enough? It’s that even when we don’t spend it – to buy stuff that we don’t really need – our bank, pension fund, insurance company are investing it on markets. And with our money, they finance technology and infrastructure projects that are doing harm to the Planet or to society.

This podcast series about Climate Finance was created to investigate what’s going on behind the scenes, and what needs to change. In this episode we talk to Jakob Thomä from the 2° Investing Initiative to review how can the financial sector align with the climate goals from the Paris Agreement. This episode is released in two parts.

MADE POSSIBLE BY: WWF

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TO DIG DEEPER

Coming soon.

COMING UP

WHAT NOW?

We are currently following the discussion and key events this year with the hope to see significant progress in the space. We will be publishing soon a number of bonus materials connected to this series so stay tuned!