Climate Finance Post COP26: a Cross Sector Perspective
Author WIG Date 7 Apr 2022
A recording of the WIG Webinar: Climate Finance Post COP26: a Cross Sector Perspective on 7th April 2022 with Alderman Vincent Keaveny, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Courtney Lowrance, Managing Director, Sustainability and Corporate Transitions, Citi and Rishi Madlani, Head of Climate & Sustainable Finance, Natwest
The COP26 summit in November 2021 saw significant progress made towards delivering the $100 billion climate finance goal. Developed nations are on track to reach this ambitious target by 2023, but it is clear that cooperation across the private and public sector will be crucial in achieving it.
WIG was delighted to invite you to this cross-sector panel to discuss the next steps needed to further mobilise and engage the entire finance system in support of the climate change agenda post COP26.
Join us online for your opportunity to:
- Understand the role public and private finance can play in driving the net-zero transition globally; including investment into infrastructure, targeted R&D funds and accountability processes
- Learn more about plans already in place to deliver billions in investment for developing countries to finance climate mitigation and adaptation
- Discuss the importance of coherent, competitive regulatory frameworks and the delivery of new investment products capable of meeting greater demands for sustainable investment
Alderman Vincent Keaveny was elected as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London on 29 September 2021 and took office on 12 November 2021. He previously served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2018-19 and in that capacity supported the then Lord Mayor, undertaking numerous engagements and activities at home and abroad.
Vincent is a partner in the international business law firm, DLA Piper. He advises on debt capital markets, structured finance and securitisation transactions in the UK and banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in the UK and internationally on banking, finance and capital markets transactions. He is listed as a leading practitioner in his area of practice by all of the principal legal directories and is included in the legal ‘500’ Hall of Fame for securitisation practitioners. Until May 2019 he was International Co-Chair of the Financial Services Sector at DLA Piper. In 2014/15 he served as President of the City of London Law Society. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn
Since his election to the City of London in 2013 as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within, Alderman Keaveny has served on a number of City Corporation Committees. He is currently a member of the Policy & Resources Committee and the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub-committee. He also a Governor of the City of London School. Vincent is also Co-Chair of the HM Treasury & BEIS Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce.
A Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors', the Woolmen's, Distillers', Spectacle Makers', Stationers’, Framework Knitters’, Upholders’ and Security Professionals’ Companies, Vincent served as Master Solicitor in 2014/15. He is also a member of the City Livery Club, the City Pickwick Club and the Royal Society of St. George (City Branch) and the Court of The Honourable The Irish Society. Vincent is the Senior Patron of the Farringdon Ward Club.
Vincent graduated from University College Dublin with a BCL and subsequently obtained an MLitt from Trinity College, Dublin. He was recognised in 2018 by UCD as their Law Alumnus of the Year. Since his admission as solicitor in England & Wales in 1992 he has worked in private practice in the City. Vincent's interests include theatre and the arts. He is a trustee of the Sir John Soane's Museum, where he is the Independent Director on the Board. He chairs the board of the vocal ensemble, Exaudi, and is a director of Actors Touring Company.
Vincent is married to Amanda, an Intensive Care Nurse and in what spare time he has, he enjoys tennis and walking their Labrador.
Courtney Lowrance leads Citi’s Sustainability and Corporate Transitions team for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The team provides in-house environmental and social expertise for clients, and supports the bank in sustainable finance and product innovation. She has 20 years of experience in sustainable finance, including a previous role as the global head of Citi’s Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) group. In this capacity, she served as a technical resource for clients in improving their environmental and social management systems. Recently, Courtney spent two years in Beijing as the Principal Environment Specialist for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). In this capacity, she oversaw AIIB’s ESG strategy and helped develop the Bank’s first ESG enhanced fixed income fund focused on emerging markets in Asia.