4th Annual QED Conference on Sustainable Finance

07 December 2021 | 14.00 - 17.40 CET

 

PROGRAMME

 

13.30 – 14.00   Registration and welcome coffee and virtual networking

14.00 – 14.05   Introductory remarks by Moderator

 

14.05 – 15.45   Session 1: A European strategy for a sustainable financial system

14.05 – 14.45   Introductory remarks by speakers

14.45 – 15.45   Panel Discussion and Q&A

 

15.45 – 16.00   Break & virtual networking

 

16.00 – 17.40   Session 2: Sustainable reporting, disclosure and taxonomy

16.00 – 16.40   Introductory remarks by speakers

16.40 – 17.40   Panel Discussion and Q&A

 

 

SESSION 1: A European strategy for a sustainable financial system

 

Discussion points

 

• What role can the financial sector play in reaching the climate goals of the European Green Deal?

• How do we create a sustainable finance framework that truly supports the flow of private funds towards sustainable activities?

• How do we extend the existing sustainable finance toolbox to facilitate the access to transition finance?

• How do we provide the right tools and incentives to SMEs and consumers to get access to transition finance?

• How can we improve the resilience to sustainability risk?

• How can the contribution of the financial sector to sustainability further increase?

• How can the integrity and orderly transition of the financial sector to sustainability be ensured?

 

Speakers

 

Albane Demblans Deputy Head B2  – Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

Emmanuel Buttin Policy Officer, Unit B2  – Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission

Sirpa Pietik√§inen Member of European Parliament

David Henry Doyle Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, EMEA, S&P Global

Chris Muyldermans Head EU Affairs, Corporate Public Affairs KBC Group NV

Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, Bankwatch Strategic Area Leader and Senior Policy Officer 

 

 

Moderated by David Veredas Partner and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at Vlerick Business School

 

SESSION 2: Sustainable reporting, disclosure and taxonomy

 

Discussion points

 

• Will the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) succeed in making sustainability reporting by companies more consistent and comparable?

• Will the common standards for disclosure set out in Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) make investor better informed and able to compare?

• How can we ensure that the EU Taxonomy sorts green from greenwashed?

• Does the delegated act supplementing article 8 of the taxonomy regulation provide markets and investors with the clear and comparable sustainability information needed to prevent greenwashing?

 

Speakers

 

Alain Deckers Head of Unit C1–Corporate Reporting, Audit & Credit Rating Agencies, DG FISMA, European Commission

Angelique Laskewitz Executive Director, VBDO

Anna Driggs Director and Associate Chief Counsel, Global Funds Policy at Investment Company Institute

Ilan Jacobs Director, EMEA Government Affairs, Citi

 

Moderated by David Veredas Partner and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at Vlerick Business School

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