Now available ON-DEMAND: edie’s online Sustainable Investment Inspiration Sessions

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

These three webinars are free to stream on-demand. They initially took place on the afternoon of  Wednesday 12 July. They are not to be missed for anyone working in sustainability, ESG, CSR or finance.

Speakers from organisations including Lloyds Bank, JP Morgan, the Aldersgate Group, the Green Finance Institute, Octopus Investments and Energise took part in this event.

For a full agenda, read on.

Click here to access all three sessions on-demand.

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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 (15:00-15:45) 

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

Click here to access all three sessions on-demand.


Comments (1)

  1. Rob Jones says:

    Hi Edie,

    Given all of the recent press on the impact of banks on fossil fuel investments, I think you should seriously start considering whether its appropriate to host certain guests on your webinars. As per, JP Morgan is the second biggest investor in fossil fuels in the last 5 years, investing over 62 billion USD. Lloyds, albeit a smaller offender, have also invested a couple of billion into the industry.

    As a sustainability community, we have to start pressuring and boycotting these banks in all ways we possibly can to ensure they don’t put us in danger of breaking the Paris Agreement. I’m sure you’ve seen the backlash from Wimbledon and Barclays.

    As a regular reader and listener of your articles and webinars, I implore you to consider the guests you are choosing to host.



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