Climate Week Briefing

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 2018

Briefing

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy

thursday, November 08, 2018
london

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy
Thursday, September 27, 2018
September 2018
Moody's HQ
New York

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
September 2018
Moody's HQ
New York

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
September 2018
Moody's HQ
New York

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
September 2018
Moody's HQ
New York

Climate Week Briefing

Decarbonizing the Global Economy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
September 2018
Moody's HQ
New York

Overview

Moody's Climate Week Briefing will take place in New York on Thursday, September 27, 2018 for a third year. 

Hosted by Moody’s Investors Service in partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), the Climate Week Briefing will focus on the risks that the climate change poses on corporations and governments, and the role of the green bond market in promoting a low carbon economy. This briefing will bring together senior executives from the industry and Moody’s senior analysts for lively discussions.

You will also hear from Moody’s analysts who will address carbon emission mitigation, their approach to green bond assessments, and the impacts expected from the green bond issuances which Moody’s has assessed to date.

Moody’s Climate Week Briefing will provide a platform to engage and to have relevant conversations on these vital issues.

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To learn more about Moody's approach to ESG and credit, please go to our ESG hub.

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Agenda Highlights

  • What credit risks corporate sectors face as a result of carbon transition
  • ‍Find out the impact of physical climate risks on public finance issuers
  • Learn how municipalities are incorporating green infrastructure and sustainability projects into critical programs 

8:30 AM      Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM     Welcome Remarks

Jim Hempstead, Managing Director – ESG, Moody’s Investors Service

9:10 AM      Keynote Address

Herman Bril, Director of Investment Management, United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

9:40 AM    Transitioning to Lower Carbon Economy: Risks and Opportunities in the Corporate Sector

This panel discussion will focus on the corporate sectors most impacted by carbon transition. We will discuss risks and opportunities presented by changing regulatory landscapes, evolving technologies, and product substitution in favor of greener alternatives.

Moderator

Rashmini Yogaratnam, Managing Director, Citi

 

Panelists

Michael T. W. Carey, VP Government Affairs, Murray Energy Corporation

Carol Cowan, Senior Credit Officer, Mining, Moody’s Investors Service

Bruno Sarda, VP Sustainability, NRG Energy

Thomas Socha, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Swami Venkataraman, Senior Vice President, Global Utilities & Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service

10:25 AM      Networking Break

 

10:40AM     A Focus on the “E & S”: Sustainable Financing Alternatives for Sovereign, Regional and Local Governments

This panel will focus on the environmental and social aspects of credit, and explore the impact of physical climate risks on public finance issuers, including sovereigns. We will also discuss how governments are incorporating green bonds and more sustainable infrastructure projects into their long-term capital programs.

Moderator

Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative

Panelists

Mike Brown, Environmental Finance Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Michael Kashani, Global Head of ESG, Portfolio Management - Fixed Income, Goldman Sachs

James McIntyre, Director of Capital Markets, Vice President Debt Issuance, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

Ariane Ortiz, Assistant Vice President-Analyst, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody’s Investors Service

Gail Sussman, Managing Director, Public Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service


11:30 AM    The Role of the Green Bond Market in Financing the Low Carbon Economy

This panel will discuss Moody’s green bond assessment service and the work of the Climate Bonds Initiative. In particular, we will discuss the carbon emission mitigation and other impacts expected from the green bond issuances we have assessed to date. We will also explore the state of current disclosure practices, the development of taxonomies and standards across regions, and touch upon the rise of thematic labels such as social and sustainability bonds

Moderator

Anna Zubets-Anderson, Vice President – Senior Analyst, ESG & Green Bonds, Moody’s
Investors Service

 

Panelists

Matthew Kuchtyak, Analyst, Green Bonds and ESG Risks, Moody’s Investors Service

Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative

 

12:00 PM    Closing Keynote

Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations, The World Bank

 

12:30 PM    Conclusion

Speakers

Speakers

Mike Brown

Environmental Finance Manager

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Environmental Finance Manager

Mike Brown

Mike Brown manages environmental finance programs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Mike represents the SFPUC on the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) Water Criteria Industry Working Group and has led the issuance of more than $1.4 billion in CBI-certified green bonds for the agency’s water, wastewater and power capital programs since 2015. Mike has been with the SFPUC for 12 years and has a Master’s in International Development and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Bruno Sarda

Vice President, Sustainability

NRG

NRG

Vice President, Sustainability

Bruno Sarda

Bruno Sarda is a leading practitioner in the field of corporate sustainability. As head of sustainability at NRG, the country’s leading integrated power company, he leads the development and execution of highly integrated, company-wide sustainability strategy and programs that address climate-related risks, create business value and enhance company reputation. Named one of the ‘most influential sustainability voices in America’ by The Guardian, Sarda actively participates in a variety of cross-industry efforts bridging public and private entities. In addition, Sarda is a faculty member and Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University.

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Justine Leigh-Bell

Director of Market Development

Climate Bonds Initiative

Climate Bonds Initiative

Director of Market Development

Justine Leigh-Bell

Justine has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. She has provided advisory services for a number of global institutions and governments across Europe, Africa, India, Indonesia and Latin America. Her areas of focus includes sustainable development in emerging economies, climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies, climate finance, economic valuation and market based instruments for managing natural resource assets. As Director of Market Development at Climate Bonds Initiative, Justine's primary focus is in the emerging markets where she works closely with both public and private sector actors in developing national policy guidelines and roadmaps that will enable access to green bond financing. Currently, she leads Climate Bonds Initiative’s efforts in Nigeria and the Latin American region, where market development programs are underway in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.

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Thomas Socha

Executive Director, US Credit Research Analyst

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Executive Director, US Credit Research Analyst

Thomas Socha

Mr. Socha is a member of the Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (GFICC) group. Based in New York, Mr. Socha is a credit analyst within the Investment Grade Credit Research team and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities within the electricity, natural gas and other utilities sectors. He is also a member of the Asset Management Sustainable Investment Leadership Team (SILT) and the GFICC ESG Leadership Team. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he was a fixed income research analyst for AllianceBernstein covering investment grade and high yield utility, renewable, midstream and industrial companies located in the U.S. and Europe. He also held investment and research positions at Delaware Investments, GE Capital Services and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Socha holds a B.A. in political science from Trinity College-Hartford and an M.B.A. in finance from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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Mike Carey

Vice President, Government Affairs

Murray Energy Corporation

Murray Energy Corporation

Vice President, Government Affairs

Mike Carey

Michael (Mike) Carey currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Murray Energy Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for all federal and state legislative activities of Murray Energy Corporation in Washington D.C. Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky Pennsylvania and Utah. Mr. Carey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Coal Association and the West Virginia Coal Association and is the past Chairman of the Illinois Coal Association. He also is on the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Coal Association. He is the Board Alternate for Murray Energy on the National Mining Association (NMA) and American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE).

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Further Information

Moody’s Events 

Minsun Pak

Assistant Director - MIS Events and Outreach

+1 (212) 553-3268

minsun.pak@moodys.com