Green Finance and Sustainable Investment

With the unprecedented challenge of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, governments and industry the world over are faced with ensuring rapid energy transition, cleaner production, low-carbon transport, and continued research and innovation in green technologies.

However, with the large sectors of the green economy growing at over three times the rate of the wider global economy, there is also a huge opportunity for industry and government alike. Emerging markets are set to offer vital reskilling opportunities for the global workforce, while sustainable business practices could ensure sustainable growth and environmental prosperity for generations to come.

Join us at this event to hear our expert panel discuss the major challenges and opportunities of green finance and sustainable investment, and how government, industry and academia can collaborate to rise most effectively to them.

About the speakers:

  • Emma Howard Boyd


    Environment Agency

    Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and has recently been appointed as the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation. Emma also serves on a number of boards and committees which include the Green Finance Institute and, ShareAction, and the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project. She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields. Her previous board and advisory roles include Vice Chair of Future Cities Catapult, a Director of the Aldersgate Group and Triodos Renewables PLC, Chair of UKSIF (the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association) and a member of both the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and the Green Finance Taskforce

  • ZoĆ« Knight

    Managing Director, Group Head, Centre of Sustainable Finance


    Zoë Knight is a Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance at HSBC. Zoë has been an investment analyst at global financial institutions since 1997. Since joining HSBC, Zoë has authored reports on low-carbon opportunities in bond and equity markets, and contributed a chapter to ‘Investment opportunities for a low-carbon world’ (2009). In 2018 Zoë authored ‘Managing Financial System Stability and Climate Change: A preliminary guide’. She is a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission and is a Member of the WEF Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


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