Mobilising green finance: edie’s Sustainable Investment Inspiration Sessions

Event Date: 12/07/2023 12:30 pm

Mobilising green finance: edie’s Sustainable Investment Inspiration Sessions

Hosted during edie’s dedicated Climate Finance Week of digital content and events, the Climate Finance Inspiration Sessions offer up an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to mobilising and scaling up finance to accelerate climate action. 

What new investment sources are needed to accelerate climate action? What can be done at a business level to attract more green investment? And what does great collaboration look like – across governments, businesses and investors – to mobilise green finance?

This online event effectively combines three edie webinars into a single afternoon, with each webinar session taking a particular focus and format. The first session (one hour) will be a Q&A-style climate finance discussion; the second session (one hour) will be a series of quick-fire case studies; and the third session (45 minutes) will take a ‘masterclass’ format around climate-related disclosure and reporting.

Registrants for this online event will get access to all three sessions on the day. Full details of the three sessions are as follows: 

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SESSION 1: The big climate finance Q&A: Mobilising the green investment revolution (12:30 – 13:30) 

Kicking off our Inspiration Sessions, a selection of experts will discuss the fast-expanding green finance landscape, both in the UK and globally, and explore what collaboration looks like – across governments, businesses and investors.


  • Ben Westerman, Interim Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
  • Ryan Jude, Programme Director, Green Finance Institute
  • Varun Sarda, MD and Head of ESG Advisory, Lloyds Bank
  • Heather Buchanan, Co-Founder and Director, Bankers for Net Zero

Discussion points

  • How can the UK spend to catch up in the “green arms” race?
  • Green taxonomy: How can businesses prepare for the boom green finance?
  • What policy and frameworks can be used to mobilise climate finance?
  • “Good” investment vs “bad” investment: how to make the right call

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SESSION 2: Quick-fire-case studies: Securing investment to accelerate the net-zero transition (13:45 – 14:45) 

Our second Inspiration Session features a series of never-before-seen, quick-fire case studies, hearing from some of the individuals and organisations that are maximising investment opportunities and identifying new sources of funding to drive their sustainability strategies and accelerating climate action.


  • Lukasz Michalak, Investment Director and Co-Head of Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, Octopus Investments
  • Rama Variankaval, Global Head of Center for Carbon Transition, J.P. Morgan
  • Lara Young, Group Head of ESG, Cromwell Property Group

Discussion points

  • The do’s and don’ts’ of exploring green finance investments
  • Harnessing environmental data and talking the right language to attract business investment
  • How businesses can leverage sustainability-targeted loans to drive their sustainability strategies and improve employee engagement
  • The investors’ view:  Avoiding greenwashing amidst the growth in sustainable investing


SESSION 3: 30-Minute Masterclass: How to measure and report on your climate-related financial impacts (15:00-15:30) 

Our third and final Inspiration Session will equip you with specific tools and insights to measure and manage your climate data namely through the burgeoning practice of aligning with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures.


  • Nadine Bowles-Newark, Associate Director (Consultancy), Energise

Discussion points

  • Navigating climate disclosure standards and legislation
  • Utilising the latest reporting frameworks and standards to support your Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy
  • Gathering the right data needed to measure, monitor and manage your climate risks and impact
  • Presenting and reporting data to effectively demonstrate progress

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