The Climate Summit will take place across a week of virtual sessions from 13 - 17 November 2023.
There is no longer a question that climate change is having a real impact on society now and into the future. This week of virtual sessions will provide practical advice on how you as a finance professional can prepare for the transition to net zero, implement plans and drive ambitious action on climate and nature.
The ICAEW Climate Summit will deep dive into the heart of the issues for those working in business, practice, financial institutions and NGOs to enable you to drive meaningful action on climate and biodiversity issues in your organisation, with clients and enable an economy wide transition. Start taking action today.
For the first time, Climate Summit is hosting an in-person session on Wednesday 15 November at Chartered Accountants' Hall.
We are delighted to be joined by Feargal Sharkey, singer turned water campaigner who will talk about his career and what led him to take on the UK’s water companies and regulators to clean up our polluted waterways. Register for this in person event here.
The programme covers an array of areas including:
Please see the programme tab for full information.
This event is organised by the ICAEW's Sustainability & Climate Change Community and is free to attend for all. You can also join the Sustainability & Climate Change Community free of charge, click here to subscribe.
ICAEW’s CPD Regulations are changing. From 1 November 2023, members and other professionals regulated by ICAEW will need to complete a minimum number of hours’ CPD per year, some of which will need to be verifiable. Attending events like this could contribute to ten hours of verifiable CPD, so long as you can demonstrate that the content is relevant to your role.
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Please note that the programme may be subject to change.
09:00 - 10:00 How do we boost growth in transition finance?
This panel session will focus on what we mean by transition finance and what financial institutions and regulators need to do to ensure a stable, and rapid transition to net zero.
Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, A4SPyarali Jamal, ESG & Sustainable Finance Specialist
11:00 - 12:00 What are financed emissions and how do we tackle them?
The conversation around emissions boundaries and to what extent entities are responsible for certain emissions has grown significantly in recent months and years. The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) has done extensive research on accouting methods for financial institutions and what is known as financed emissions. This session will explain what financed emissions are and how we can start to decarbonise investments.
Tony Greenham, ESG Director, British Business Bank
09:00 - 10:00 What’s stopping renewables?Join this session to learn more about the current state of the energy market, the blockers and opportunities for rapid decarbonisation of the power sector and how finance professions have a role to play in the energy transition.
Ian Brown, Head of Banking, UK Infrastructure BankHiten Sonpal, Head of Green Finance
11:00 - 12:00 Reducing your energy demand
To decarbonise the energy sector, we must look at demand side reforms to the system. In this session we will look at how businesses can reduce their energy consumption, ways to improve energy efficiency and what financial support is out there to help you on the journey.
Craig Needham, Director, BFY Carbon StrategiesChris Taylor, Net Zero Programme Director, Broadway Initiative
09:00 - 10:00 How do you calculate your carbon footprint?
Trace is helping accountants to understand the emerging demands of non-financial reporting from their SME clients. Join this session to understand why carbon is a business risk, how to measure your footprint, set targets and manage your emissions. Learn how carbon accounting software can help your firm secure revenue, client retention and boost employee engagement on the road to net zero.
Taylor Fox-smith, Partnerships - Climate Tech, TraceCat Long, CEO & Co founder, Trace
11:00 - 12:00 Preparing a transition plan
Led by the Transition Plan Taskforce, this session will explore how to prepare a net zero transition plan that is socially just and nature-positive using the newly launched sector-neutral framework. The TPT framework encourages an ambitious approach contributing to an economy-wide net zero transition whilst supporting greater accountabiltiy through effective reporting on progress.
13:00 - 14:00 Utilising data for greater impact
This session will cover how to manage, report, and plan the impact of your sustainability strategy and embed continuous innovation to enhance stewardship of the planet and society.
09:00 - 10:00 Danger in our watersIn this session we will be joined by experts and activists from across society to discuss the rampant issues of water pollution in the UK and the impact of climate change on our coastal communities.
Monty Halls, Broadcaster and Marine Biologist
11:00 - 12:00 Is a nature positive economy achievable?To achieve net zero, we must protect and restore nature and recognise the importance of ecosystem services on people and the planet. Our expert panel will discuss what a nature positive economy entails, how it supports the transition to net zero and if it is possible to achieve.
Michael Ofosuhene-Wise, Business Action Senior Manager, Business for NatureThomas Viegas, Partnerships Lead, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
09:00 - 10:00 Transforming ideas into impact
Join this session to find out more about sustainability learning materials, courses, and content ICAEW has to offer.
12:00 - 13:00 Disrupting the system: do we need to change accounting?
Lead by Roger Spitz, how do we change the system of doing business and by extension, accounting, to measure what we truly find valuable.
Natalie Nicholles, Senior Director, Capitals CoalitionRoger Spitz MSc, FCA, President, Techistential
Tasha Clarbour, Director, Sustainable Finance team, Deloitte Tasha is a Director in Deloitte’s Sustainable Finance team, with over 12 years’ experience working with banks to set strategy on climate and sustainability, develop plans to embed and implement strategies, and measure and report on progress. She has supported banks to set transition targets, covering operations and financing activities, and has advised a number of large listed Banks to develop transition plans to guide, embed and operationalise those targets. Tasha regularly contributes to the external policy and standard setting environment, through membership on key regulatory strategy groups on ESG, as well as green finance industry steering committees.
Taylor Fox-Smith, Partnerships - Climate Tech, Trace Taylor is an experienced commercial leader and a fierce advocate for the role of accountants in a cleaner future. With her legal background and experience developing standards, Taylor sees accountants as the trusted advisor who can power emissions measurement at scale. Taylor’s area of expertise includes climate-related disclosure, carbon accounting software, sustainability reporting and climate risk management for SMEs.
Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, A4SJessica is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), established by His Majesty, the then Prince of Wales in 2004. She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyse a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change. While at A4S, Jessica has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets programme.
Tony Greenham, ESG Director, British Business BankTony is ESG Director within the British Business Bank’s Impact and Insights team. He is focused on delivering the Bank’s objective to support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy. After starting his career at PwC, and then in equity capital markets at Barclays and Credit Suisse, Tony spent several years in the small business sector as a finance director. Since 2010 he has focused on sustainable and inclusive finance as both research director and practitioner at the New Economics Foundation, the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and as co-founder and executive director of South West Mutual. He is a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab.
Monty Halls, Broadcaster and Marine BiologistMonty is a broadcaster, speaker, naturalist, former Royal Marine, marine biologist, travel writer and leadership specialist. His experience covers over two decades of leading teams in some of the most remote environments on earth, presenting wildlife and adventure documentaries, and working with blue chip companies both in the UK and overseas.
Pyarali Jamal, ESG & Sustainable Finance SpecialistPyarali has 28 years of experience across several sectors and geographies, including four years as a banker and ten years at EY in the Transaction Advisory Services group. Whilst at EY, Pyarali was Head of the Canada Corporate Finance Renewable Energy and Cleantech team, and a senior member of the national Real Estate and Public Sector teams. Since leaving EY in 2011, Pyarali has predominantly worked with large and small purpose-driven organisations on issues spanning governance and strategic planning, financing, operational improvement, expansion, business due diligence, and ESG integration.
Dr. Marc Lepere, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, OmnevueDr Lepere is an Executive Fellow of King’s Business School, King's College London where he leads executive education on ESG and Sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and serves as a visiting lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Economics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and holds a MSc from King’s. Dr Lepere has published in leading journals including Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Financial Times and Discovering Truth (series 1) which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Professionally, Marc has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Havas Worldwide; Executive Vice President for McCann Erickson WorldGroup and Deputy Chairman of Dentsu in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2021, he co-founded Omnevue.
Michael Ofosuhene-Wise, Business Action Senior Manager, Business for Nature (BfN)Michael leads global business initiatives for nature and climate alignment. Formerly at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), he championed international climate policy and specialised in assessing corporate impacts on natural and social capital. Committed to public-private collaborations, he fosters dialogue on global challenges. Michael holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from Wageningen University (NL) and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (GH).
Hiten Sonpal, Head of Green Finance, MHAAs a result of his innovative approach, dedication, and contribution to the sector, Hiten was named winner of the Sustainability Executive of the Year in 2015 and was highly commended for the Transport Project of the Year in 2020 at the business green awards. Hiten’s responsibilities as Head of Green Finance are to enhance MHA’s green finance offering by providing tailored lending and advisory services to enable businesses to achieve their climate change goals and reduce costs through renewable energy initiatives.
Roger Spitz MSc, FCA, President, TechistentialBased in San Francisco, Roger is an international bestselling author, President of Techistential (Climate & Foresight Strategy) and founder of the Disruptive Futures Institute.
A world-leading authority on foresight, sustainability, and transformative innovation, Roger is also chair of the DFI Sustainability & Climate Academy. His latest book “Disruption as a Springboard to Value Creation” became a bestseller in Green Business & Sustainable Economic Development. As former Head of Technology M&A with BNP Paribas, Roger advised on over 50 transactions with deal values of $25bn, and has two decades of leading investment banking and VC businesses, advising CEOs, founders, boards, and shareholders on their most strategic deals.
Chris Taylor, Net Zero Programme Director, Broadway InitiativeChris leads the delivery of Zero Carbon Business, a leading portal for free advice for UK SMEs on energy saving and net zero. Zero Carbon Business is a shared endeavour of the UK’s main business organisations, energy networks, high street banks and professional bodies, delivered by the Broadway Initiative. Chris has worked for more than 20 years across research and policy development for environmental sustainability and developing information and data technology products and tools for businesses, central and local government.
Thomas Viegas, Head of Capacity Building and Regulatory Engagement, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)Thomas Viegas is Head of Capacity Building at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). In this role, he leads the Taskforce’s market capacity building efforts to support voluntary adoption of the TNFD Recommendations. This includes building and maintaining delivery partnerships and alliances to support the delivery of TNFD content, training, and education. Thomas also leads the Taskforce’s engagements with governments, financial regulators, and other policymakers.Prior to joining TNFD in May 2023, Thomas was at the Bank of England where he spent nearly a decade working on and influencing a broad range of UK and global macro-financial policy issues. In particular, he led the Bank of England’s initial approach and strategy to nature-related financial risks. Thomas was seconded between 2020 and 2021 to be an Economic Adviser to The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, based at the UK’s Finance Ministry (HM Treasury).Thomas is currently also a Member of the UK’s Office for Environmental Protection College of Experts, and a Member of the UK Statistics Authority’s National Statistician’s Committee for Advice on Standards for Economic Statistics (NSCASE).
Ira Poensgen, Technical Lead, Transition Plan TaskforceIra is the Technical Lead of the Transition Plan Taskforce Secretariat, where she works with stakeholders across the financial sector, real economy and regulators to develop a gold standard Disclosure Framework for private sector transition plans. She is also the Deputy Policy Lead the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group (OxSFG) and the Deputy Head of Policy of the UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment (CGFI). Prior to joining Oxford and the TPT, Ira worked in the Green Economy Transition team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She is based in London.
Max Rose, ESG Manager, Transition Plan TaskforceMax is on secondment at TPT from Deloitte where he is a manager in the ESG assurance team. Whilst at the TPT he has co-authored guidance implementation and sector guidance documents and technical mappings from TPT to ISSB and TCFD and a technical comparison between TPT and CSRD. Max trained and qualified as an ICAEW chartered accountant in the Big 4 where he audited and consulted on a range of banking engagements. He then spent a year in accounting advisory at a FTSE 100 consumer products company. His experience at Deloitte has included ESG metric assurance engagements, reviews of TCFD reports, and setting up the firm’s work programme and procedures for a new assurance standard, the UNEP Principles for Responsible Banking.
MHA is a network ranked the 12th largest accountancy group in the UK. It comprises of 19 offices nationwide with a strong reputation for specialist industry knowledge, that collaborate and share best practice to provide outstanding client service. MHA MacIntyre Hudson is also an independent member of Baker Tilly International, one of the world’s largest leading accountancy and business advisory firms.
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