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Diaz-Rainey Joins RNZ Panel Discussion Including Flooding Hazards to Property

A recent NZ government report has identified dozens of communities at serious risk of flooding, with most having little protection in place to prevent flood hazards. In a recent RNZ panel, CEFGroup Director, Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, shared his insights on what how climate change would affect property values in flood-risk areas, and what impact flooding could have on insurance and mortgage lending risk.

The full recording is available via the following link: RNZ – The Panel with Verity Johnson and Chris Wikaira (Part 1).

Diaz-Rainey Comments on COP27 ‘Loss and Damage’ Financing Discusssion

For more than a decade, wealthy nations have rejected official discussions on what is referred to as loss and damage, the term used to describe rich nations paying out funds to help poor countries cope with the consequences of global warming for which they bear little blame.

COP27 is a turning point. For the first time, the issue of ‘loss and damage’ has finally made it onto the official agenda and become one of the dominant themes at the annual climate conference.

CEFGroup’s Director, Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, commented on COP27 ‘loss and damage’ financing discussion. Ivan said that the economic damages was huge in just the past decade alone, and expected developed countries to push for funding to come from, and be administered by, a number of different sources including the private sector. Ivan said time will tell whether promises by rich countries actually eventuate.

For more information, visit: RNZ – COP27: Time for Rich Countries to Pay Poorer Ones for Years of Climate Damage – Expert and Rich Countries Agree to Discuss Climate Compensation for Poor.

Climate Change: NZ Banks, Homeowners Exposed to Rising Flood Risk

CEFGroup’s Director, Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, had an interview with NZ Heralds this Tuesday. He shared his concerns re how climate risks affects the New Zealand housing market, and how this would pose risk to the country’s economy.

Diaz-Rainey and his team are exploring the threat themselves, in the Marsden Fund-supported project that involves developing new models to test property impacts against.

For more information, visit: NZ Herald – Climate Change: NZ Banks, Homeowners Exposed to Rising Flood Risk and the STRAND Marsden Fund Project’s home page.

CEFGroup’s Presentation to Stanford SFI Seminar

CEFGroup’s Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey and Dr Quyen Nguyen presented to Stanford University‘s Sustainable Finance and Investment Seminar today. They introduced how transition risk is measured and highlighted associated challenges with particular focus on corporate carbon footprints,

Diaz-Rainey and Nguyen showed that the application of machine learning algorithms to fill the carbon data gaps lead to improved prediction accuracy especially in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. For Scope 3 emissions, firms’ voluntary disclosures have measurement divergence and incomplete composition problems, and prediction accuracy is primarily limited by low observations in particular categories.

Finally, they used actual and predicted corporate carbon footprint data to examine US banks’ exposure to climate transition risk using a bottom-up, loan-level methodology incorporating climate stress test based on the Merton probability of default model and transition pathways from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The presentation drew from several research projects of Diaz-Rainey and Nguyen, including their work with EMMI.

For more information, visit HERE.

For Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy’s upcoming events, visit HERE.

CEFGroup Deputy Director’s Sharesies Shared Lunch Podcast

CEFGroup Deputy Director, Dr Sebastian Gehricke, spoke at the Sharesies Shared Lunch Podcast today. Details below:

  • Date and Time: Thursday 13th October 2022, 12:15pm-1:15pm New Zealand Daylight Time
  • Recording available HERE
  • Description: Demand is ramping up for investments to meet environmental, social and governance standards. But is the impact an investor is hoping to achieve the same as a fund will deliver? ESG can take many guises so what really makes an impact? Sharesies discussed this dilemma and much much more with Dr Sebastian Gehricke from Otago University’s Climate & Energy Finance Group.

Shared Lunch is a conversation with experts, CEOs, and you. Each week, Sharesies alternates between an interview with a company leader and an industry deep dive. Episodes are hosted by BusinessDesk journalists including Frances Cook and Dan Brunskill.

CEFGroup Director Speaking at the 2022 World Investor Week in AIFC

CEFGroup Director, Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, has been invited to join a panel discussion on “Investing in Sustainable Finance Products” at the 2022 World Investor Week (WIW) in AIFC. Details below:

  • Date and Time: Wednesday 5th October 2022, 6:00pm-6:50pm New Zealand Daylight Time (or Wednesday 25th October 2022, 11:00am-11:50am Alma-Ata Time)
  • Event Page: Visit HERE. Full program available HERE
  • Link for Registration: HERE

WIW will be held in the AIFC from 3rd to 7th October 2022 in hybrid format. This year the central theme of the WIW-2022 is “Sustaining Resilience Investing”. The events will be conducted under three tracks: (1) Understand risks; (2) Embrace education; and (3) Invest smart.

The main objectives of the event are: (1) promotion of investor education and protection; (2) raising awareness about consumer protection and investment risks; (3) facilitating financial education and financial literacy through informing about investing smart; (4) discussion of innovations in financial markets.

Thematically, the world investor week at AIFC is devoted to raising awareness on investor resilience, investor education and protection, crypto assets, sustainable finance, Islamic finance, frauds and scams prevention. Several thematic forums, such as ESG Investments Forum, New Financial Instruments Forum, Digital Assets Investments Forum, Islamic Finance Forum, Financial Literacy Forum and others will be held on margins of the WIW.

CEFGroup Working Paper Accepted for Presentation at the Frontiers of Climate and Nature in Macroeconomics and Finance Conference

CEFGroup’s working paper, entitled Performance and Climate Risk in Microfinance Institutions, has been accepted for presentation at the Frontiers of Climate and Nature in Macroeconomics and Finance Conference. Details below:

The conference is hosted by the Banque de France, Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), sustainable macro and INSPIRE. Full program attached below. For more information, please visit the event page.

Frontiers of Climate and Nature in Macroeconomics and Finance Conference Program

CEFGroup’s Fruitful Visit in Europe

CEFGroup’s Renzhu Zhang presented two CEFGroup working papers to the University of Seville and the University of Burgos this September. Details below:

Market Responses to Electrifying Transport: Evidence from Global Car Manufacturers

  • Date and Time: Monday 12th September 2022, 8:00pm-9:00pm New Zealand Time
  • Host: Accounting and Financial Economics Department, University of Seville

In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons

  • Date and Time: Thursday 15th September 2022, 2:00am-3:00am New Zealand Time
  • Host: Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, University of Burgos

Note that Renzhu also presented the “In Holdings We Trust” paper at the 5th GRASFI Annual Conference in Zurich, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) and the Centre for Competence for Sustainable Finance (CCSF), University of Zurich. For more information, visit the conference website or follow live tweets from the conference on Twitter (@susfinalliance).

STRAND Marsden Project Upcoming Seminar Presentations

The Green and Sustainable Finance (GSF) transversal research programme of the Institut Louis Bachelier and the interdisciplinary Energy4Climate Center (E4C, Institut Polytechnique de Paris) is hosting a joint seminar 10.00am-11.30am CEST on Monday the 12th of September, at the premises of Institut Louis Bachelier.

Dr Quyen Nguyen, CEFGroup’s STRAND Marsden Postdoctoral Fellow, will present their latest research on the topic of “Asset-Level Modelling of Climate Change-Related Flooding Risk”. The authors highlight the importance of uncertainty estimates when they relate to high impact public-interest decision-making.

For more information, visit HERE. To register, click HERE.

Note that the working paper has also been presented to the ITC Centre for Disaster Resilience at University of Twente this Friday (9th September), 11.00-11.45am CEST. Recording is now publicly available HERE.

CEFGroup Working Paper Won GRASFI Best Research Paper in Climate Finance Award

CEFGroup is delighted to announce that its working paper, Scope 3 Emissions: Data Quality and Machine Learning Prediction Accuracy, won this year’s GRASFI Best Paper Award for Climate Finance Research. This is work from CEFGroup’s fruitful partnership with Emmi that developed related work on an earlier paper on Scope 1 and 2 emissions (click HERE).

Presenting and lead author: Dr Quyen Nguyen (CEFGroup)

Co-authors: Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey (CEFGroup), Mr Adam Kitto (Emmi), Dr Ben McNeil (Emmi and Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW), Mr Nic Pittman (Emmi and University of Tasmania), and Dr Renzhu Zhang (CEFGroup)

The prize was awarded to the team by the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College Business School.

Read the winning paper via the following link: Scope 3 Emissions: Data Quality and Machine Learning Prediction Accuracy


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