The Financing a Just Transition Roadmap for Investor Action in the UK – Launch

Date: 1 Oct 2019 9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Nicholas Stern, Nick Robbins, Fiona Reynolds, Paul Nowak, Tom Harrington, Andy Gouldson
Venue: Saddlers' Hall, 40 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 6BR

The just transition has become a recognised priority in the UK. However, there remains little experience on what it means in operational terms for investors.

This event launches a report that seeks to help fill this gap, rooting its analysis in the place-based realities of the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The roadmap for investor action draws on a wealth of investor experience and stakeholder inputs, offering a set of focus areas for investors and linking them to seven case studies across Yorkshire and the Humber:

  • Drax power station,
  • Yorkshire Water, the region’s water utility
  • Siemens Gamesa’s wind blade factory in Hull
  • Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • Energise Barnsley, a community energy development in Barnsley
  • Wellington Place, a commercial real estate development in Leeds
  • CITU, a low-carbon housing developer based in Leeds.

These cases raise the real world challenges of the just transition and investor action, and explain how investors can take action when addressing specific examples.

This report is the latest piece of research from the Financing a Just Transition, a research initiative led by the Grantham Research Institute at LSE and the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds University, working in partnership with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investmentand the TUC. The initiative is designed to identify the role that finance can play in connecting action on climate change with inclusive development pathways. It has previously released a Guide for Investor Action and has programmes on the investor role in the UK and the role of banks.


Confirmed Speakers

Professor Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics

Professor Nick Robins Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary of the TUC

Tom Harrington, Assistant Director – Investments, Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Professor Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds

 

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