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Wednesday 30 June 2021


The EU is on the verge of adopting its first Climate Taxonomies on climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, the Platform on Sustainable Finance is expected to finalise soon its recommendations on the taxonomies for the remaining four environmental objectives.

Our two-day conference on 30 June and 1 July will discuss how the next taxonomies on the circular economy, biodiversity and possibly a ‘brown’ and ‘neutral’ taxonomy interact with the existing two taxonomies on Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Change Mitigation. How do we ensure the usability of the entire framework and make sure the right data is available to shape investment decisions? How will the EU’s work fit into the wider international efforts towards sustainable finance?

Our two-day workshop covers five themes:

  • The usability of the taxonomies and access to data.
  • How the policies on circular economy interact with the climate change adaptation and mitigation taxonomies and what will be the key features of the upcoming taxonomy on biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • Assessing how the ‘brown’ and ‘neutral’ activities interrelate with the existing and planned taxonomies.
  • The supervisory perspective.
  • The international dimension.

Building on the Afore Consulting In Discussion With … series and the Afore Consulting sustainable finance workshops, this event will bring together experts, policy-makers, supervisors and industry to discuss these important issues.

Speakers include:

  • Alessandro d’Eri, Senior Policy Officer, ESMA
  • Andreas Barkman, Member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Subgroup on negative and low-impact activities, Senior Expert on Sustainable Finance, European Environment Agency
  • Ben Allen, co-rapporteur of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Technical Working Group and Head of Agriculture and Land Management Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Carolin Schenuit, Managing Director, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft
  • Charlotte Gardes, Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable Finance, Corporate Law, Accounting Standards and Corporate Governance, French Treasury
  • Diego Rios, Chief Risk Officer EMEA, AIG
  • Edgar Galrão, ‎Innovation & Sustainability, GE Renewable Energy
  • Eila Kreivi, Director for Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
  • Eric Pan, President & CEO, ICI Global
  • Fabien Le Tennier, Policy Expert on Sustainable Finance, Economic and Risk Analysis Department of the EBA
  • Helena Viñes Fiestas, co-Rapporteur of the Platform on Sustainable Finance’s Subgroup on Data and Usability and Commissioner of the Spanish Financial Markets Authority
  • Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute and Chair of the UK’s Green Technical Advisory Group
  • Jarek Olszowka, International Head of Sustainable Finance, Nomura
  • Jelena Macura, Member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Technical Working Group and Head of Sustainable Finance at the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)
  • Kevin Bourne, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, IHS Markit
  • Lee Clements, Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, FTSE Russell, LSEG
  • Martin Spolc, Head of Sustainable Finance Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Marzia Traverso, Rapporteur for the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Technical Working Group, Head of Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
  • Nadia Humphreys, co-Rapporteur of the Platform on Sustainable Finance’s Subgroup on Data and Usability and Business Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions, Bloomberg (tbc)
  • Nancy Saich, Rapporteur of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Subgroup on negative and low-impact activities and Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
  • Nathalie Dogniez, Partner, Asset & Wealth Management EMEA ESG Leader, PwC
  • Nathan Fabian, Chair of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Pamela Schuermans, Principal Expert on Insurance Policy, EIOPA
  • Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, NL)
  • Philippe Richard, Executive Director, International Affairs, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Sabine Lochmann, Global Head of ESG Measures, Moody’s ESG Solutions
  • Sean Kidney, Member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance Subgroup on Data and Usability and Co-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Sébastien Raspiller, Assistant Secretary, Head of the Financial Sector Department, French Treasury
  • Stefan Marx, Global Head of Public Affairs & Regulatory Strategy, DWS Group
  • Tomo Ishikawa, Managing Director, Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Planning Division, MUFG

Please register here.

EU Taxonomy Workshop Series programme.

Please feel free to contact Nickolas Reinhardt at or Emanuel Dos Santos at about this event.