China-Switzerland Climate Finance Cooperation Workshop December 6, 2017

Extract from the SSF WEBPAGE

On 6 December, SSF, together with CCRS and University of Zurich, held a workshop aiming to facilitate an exchange among Swiss and Chinese experts and policy makers on the challenges to fund and implement the ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The workshop was attended by about 40 experts in Zurich and virtually by a number of representatives in Beijing, China.

To kick-off the event, Philipp Aerni (Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability – CCRS), Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF) and Marc Chesney (Head of the Institute of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich) welcomed the participants with some initial remarks on the topic of climate finance.

Afterwards, Jason Jiang, BHP Brugger & Research Affiliate at CCRS introduced the Chinese delegation: Mr. Ding Hui, Deputy Director, Division of General Affairs Department of Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission, People's Republic of China and YE Yanfei, Director General, Department of Policy Research, China Banking Regulatory Commission – China’s Green Credit Policy and Climate Financing.

The Chinese representatives provided an overview on recent policy measures to promote a low carbon economy. They specifically addressed the carbon trading system that had been tested in different states as well as green bonds to finance energy efficiency measures.

Thereafter, Dr. Biarne Steffen (Energy Politics Group, ETH Zurich), Dr. Erika Meins (Sustainable Real Estate, CCRS), Dr. Falko Paetzold (Director, CSP, University of Zurich) and Prof. Stefano Battiston (FINEXUS, University of Zurich) introduced currently running programs in Zurich related to climate finance and sustainable investing.

In the afternoon, Sabine Döbeli moderated a panel of experts discussing the role of private sector solutions to address climate change. The presented tools ranged from Nature Conservations notes funding reforestation projects and investments into energy efficiency projects all the way to integrating climate risks into passive investment strategies in liquid assets. Panelists included Christopher Greenwald (Head of Sustainable Investment & Impact Investing, UBS), Renat Heuberger (CEO, South Pole Group), Stephan Hoch (Managing Director, Pespectives), Fabian Huwyler (Director, Sustainability Affairs at Credit Suisse) and Raphael Lüscher (Lead Porfoliomanager Swisscanto Green Invest Emerging Markets, Swisscanto, Zurich).

This was followed by a trio of influential voices, who gave their opinions on the challenges and opportunities in climate finance.

  • Andrea Burkhardt (Swiss Federal Office of the Environment)
  • David Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks at ETH Zurich
  • Lucas Bretschger, Professor of Resource Economics at ETH Zurich and Vice-Chair of the foundation board of CCRS

Finally, to end the day, Prof. Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich in his closing note outlined the importance of on solid education on climate finance, a task university of Zurich is well positioned to take on.
Programme: China-Switzerland Climate Finance Cooperation Workshop Dec. 06-17 (PDF, 367 KB)