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1st CEFGroup Climate Finance Symposium


1st CEFGroup Climate Finance Symposium


Date: 3rd – 4th December 2020

Hybrid Event: Online for non-NZ residents and at Otago Business School, Dunedin, for NZ residents


Sustainable finance and managing climate risk are becoming two of the most important issues facing investors and financial regulators. The IPCC notes that limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires annual average investment of around US$ 2.4 trillion. Climate risks to the financial system are profound and can be understood through Mark Carney’s taxonomy of physical, transition and liability risks.

The Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) welcomes submissions of papers for its inaugural academic climate finance symposium. We welcome papers in all areas of climate, sustainable, energy and carbon finance.

Symposium Tracks

We intend to divide the symposium into four broad tracks. Day one will have a policy and Asia-Pacific orientation, where we welcome less technical policy oriented research. Day two will focus more on conventional empirical and theoretical finance papers, as well as innovative quantitative approaches (GIS modelling, simulation, stress testing, linking climate and financial modes etc.).

  • Day 1 – Climate Policy journal (CPj) Special Issue/2nd GRASFI Workshop on Climate Finance in Asia and Australasia [see for more details separate call]

  • Day 1 – A track dedicated to climate and sustainable finance in New Zealand

  • Day 2 – Climate risk in financial institutions

  • Day 2 – Papers on ESG, climate, sustainable, energy and carbon finance

Keynote Speaker

  • David BroadstockEnergy Studies Institute (ESI), National University of Singapore, Singapore. Topic: Reflections on climate (and green) finance research: Past trends, current orientations, and future priorities

  • Nigel BrunelDirector of Institutional Commodities, OMF, New Zealand. Topic: The Emissions Trading Scheme

  • Patricia CrifoProfessor at Ecole Polytechnique, France. Topic: Green and sustainable finance: is perfect the enemy of better? Reflections on the French experience

  • Sean KidneyCo-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative, UK. Topic: Developments in Green Finance

Download the Symposium Schedule.

Registration Fees

The event is free for online participants.

For those attending in person that are non-Otago staff a $50 per day catering fee applies. This fee does not apply to PhD students. We can also arrange accommodation at one of the universities residential colleges.

Symposium Venue

Room: 1.17

Otago Business School

60 Clyde Street, Dunedin 9016

New Zealand


Call for Papers


Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Friday, 23rd October, 2020

Notification of Acceptance (Latest): Friday, 6th Nov, 2020

Registration & Payment Deadline: TBC

Paper Submission

Submit Full Paper to CEFGroupevents@otago.ac.nz by 23rd October, 2020 making clear

  1. Whether you are submitting to the CPj SI/GRASFI Workshop on Climate Finance in Asia and Australasia

  2. Whether you are a student

  3. Identify yourself as either

    1. Non-NZ resident – please let us know what time zone you are in

    2. NZ residents – please let us know if you intend to attend in person

Contact Email: CEFGroupevents@otago.ac.nz

Organizing Committee: Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Dr. Helen Roberts, Dr. Sebastian Gehricke, Ling Liao, Iftekhar Ahmed