This objective requires combining EU instruments with funding from private investors and banks. The issuance of green bonds, the EU Taxonomy scheme, and the climate element in the EU’s financial framework are a promising kickstart. Nonetheless, the thirst for green investments needs to be matched by real business activities. And to have a lasting impact, Europe must promote its sustainable finance policy as a global standard. Against this background, we will address the following questions:

1.    How to mobilise the trillions: Which regulatory architecture is needed to balance different market interests?
2.    What is sustainable: How to make sure the real economy’s needs are incorporated in the EU Taxonomy?
3.    Market acceptance is key: Can sustainable finance become a profitable business line? And how to shape a globally accepted EU ‘gold standard’ for sustainable finance?

Estelle Göger,
Member of Cabinet of Paolo Gentiloni, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Thorsten Pinkepank, Director Sustainability Relations, BASF SE
Kristina Jeromin, Managing Director, Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany & Sustainable Finance Committee of the German Federal Government
Dr. Markus Demary, Senior Economist for Monetary Policy and the Economics of Financial Markets, German Economic Institute (IW)

Dr. Pierre Gröning,
Executive Director EU Office, VCI

18th Novemer 2020

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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