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2nd CEFGroup Climate Finance Symposium


2nd CEFGroup Climate Finance Symposium


DATES: 30th November – 1st December 2021

Online for non-NZ residents, and
At Otago Business School, Dunedin, for NZ residents

There has been a growing appetite for green finance in the entire financial system. Organisations around the world are shifting quickly to incorporate sustainable practices across all of their investments, services and strategies, driving benefits for society as a whole.

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


We intend to divide the symposium into two broad tracks. Day one will have a focus on climate finance and related innovative methodologies (GIS modelling, simulation, stress testing, machine learning etc.) and policy implications. Day two will focus more on conventional empirical and theoretical papers in sustainable finance.

Download the Symposium Schedules:

Most of our symposium recordings are now publicly available via the CEFGroup YouTube channel:



Picture Name Position Country Topic and Recording
Diana V. Barrowclough Senior Economist, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Switzerland Banks, Bonds and the Petrochemicals/Plastics Industry: Greening the Path from Copenhagen, Covid and Beyond

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Andreas Hoepner Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance, University College Dublin;
Head of Data Subgroup & Member of the Platform on Sustainable Finance, European Commission
Ireland Climate Change and the EU Regulatory Response: Absolutely Sustainable ‘Paris-Aligned’ Investing

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Jesse M. Keenan Associate Professor of Real Estate, Tulane University United States Barriers and Accelerants of Climate Finance Policy and Practice in the U.S.

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Vassili Kitsios Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Australia

Influence of Climate Variability on Financial Markets and the Health Sector

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Martina Linnenluecke Professor of Environmental Finance & Director of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance, Macquarie University Australia Beyond Climate Finance: Integrating Broader Environmental Change Frameworks into Financing and Investment Decisions

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Ben Marshall MSA Charitable Trust Professor in Finance, Massey University New Zealand Climate Disasters and Insider Trading

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Irene Monasterolo Professor of Climate Finance, EDHEC Business School;
Co-founder, CLIMAFIN
France Climate Stress Test: Lessons We Learned and Steps Ahead

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Sanel Tomlinson Acting COO and Director of Integrated Reporting and Climate-special Projects, External Reporting Board (XRB) New Zealand Update from XRB Re Progress on Setting the First Climate Standards

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TOPIC: Challenges in Modelling Climate Finance Risks

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Keynote speakers Jesse M. Keenan [United States], Vassili Kitsios [Australia], and

Picture Name, Position Held & Country
Olaf Adam, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Westpac New Zealand. [New Zealand]
Michael Lebbon, Founder and CEO, EMMI. [Australia]


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 help arrange accommodation at one of the university’s residential colleges.



Lecture Room 1.17

Otago Business School

60 Clyde Street, Dunedin 9016

New Zealand



Submission Deadline: Friday, 15th October, 2021

Notification of Acceptance (Latest): Friday, 29th October, 2021

Registration & Payment Deadline: TBC



Submit Full Paper to by 15th October, 2021. Making clear:

    • Whether you are a student
    • Identify yourself as either

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

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

Contact Email:



Areas of Special Interest Areas of Special Interest

Application of machine learning to energy and climate finance

Financing renewable energy and electrification of transport

Biodiversity and blue (ocean) finance

Green, transition, catastrophe and SDG  bonds

Blended finance to meet SDG goals

Greening public finances (e.g. 2021 green budget in France)

Carbon pricing and carbon markets

Green taxonomies

Climate risk in the banking and insurance sectors

Greenwashing analyses and critiques

Climate-related financial risk measurement, including stress testing methods and scenario analyses

Impact investing

Climate-related engagement (shareholder resolutions and litigation)

Innovative forward-looking methods in sustainable finance

Climate change and property values

Net-zero portfolio management

Electricity markets

Spatial finance (GIS, remote sensing etc.) application to sustainable finance

ESG investing

Stranded assets risk

Estimates of climate financing need at the firm, country and regional levels

Sustainable finance education

Financial innovations to enable green finance

Surveys related to sustainable finance

Financing energy efficiency investments (e.g. passive houses and deep retrofits)

TCFD reporting and climate disclosures

Download the Call for Papers Poster

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Associate Prof. Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Dr. Duminda Kuruppuarachchi, Dr. Quyen Nguyen, Dr. Renzhu Zhang