The absence of a clear benchmark for measuring ESG is the main barrier to investment into low-carbon infrastructure

10 September 2020 | 15:00 BST

There is no argument over the fact that much more investment is needed if we are to achieve the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement. In order to create an enabling environment for an accelerated transition, it is commonly argued that developed green standards and taxonomies are vital. The explosion of the green bond market inspired the growth of other bonds including social and transitional. There are some blurred lines though around what assets can be classified in these bonds. meaning investors don’t always have clarity on which of their investments supports the transition and their mandate. Is this the main factor hindering investment into low-carbon infrastructure?

Watch our industry leading speakers as they discuss and debate:

  • How far can the absence of a clear benchmark for measuring ESG be blamed for hindering investment into low-carbon infrastructure? What are the other main issues at play here?
  • To what extent will the new EU Taxonomy address this issue? Is it a viable and practical solution?
  • Do institutional investors have a larger role to play in establishing these guidelines? Or is it in fact companies that need to be more aggressive?
  • Will we see a dramatic increase in green reserve based lending facilities? Will this be a key tool in facilitating investment into low-carbon energy?
  • What is the future potential for green and transitional bonds? Will a clear benchmark actually decrease the huge amount of subscriptions that have seen recently?

Debate Moderated By


Martina Macpherson, SVP Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Moody’s


Speakers Include




Olga Vovk, Senior Regional Manager Europe, Export Development Canada


Katharina Lindmeier, Responsible Investment Manager, Nest Corporation




Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative


Mark Lewis, Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management


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