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The NZ Property Market Podcast Guest Episode – Climate Panel Preview with CEFGroup Director Ivan Diaz-Rainey


Nick Goodall, Head of Research at CoreLogic New Zealand and member of the STRAND Advisory Group interviewed CEFGroup Director Ivan Diaz-Rainey – Climate Finance expert, Lead of the STRAND Marsden Fund Project, and member of the upcoming CoreLogic New Zealand Climate Panel event.

Aside from a bit of football and travel chat, Nick and Ivan discussed where New Zealand stands when it comes to Climate Change mitigation and adaptation for its financial economy, and the flow-ons to New Zealand’s property market.

The interview is 42 minutes in total, available via apple podcasts: Click HERE.

To register for the upcoming Climate Change Panel, being hosted by Bernard Hickey on 7th July, click HERE.


Are carbon prices overvalued? – CEFGroup Director Comments in North and South Magazine


North & South Magazine has published a detailed analysis of New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme and in particular how it is affecting land use through afforestation. CEFGroup Director, Ivan Diaz-Rainey is quote in the article about the current value of carbon units (NZU) and where they value may go in the future.

You Have Now Entered Carbon Country – North & South Magazine


Climate Transition Risk: Measurement Challenges and Application in Bank Stress Testing


32,888 academics and industry practitioners livestreamed the Tsinghua PBCSF Green Finance Lecture, entitled “Climate Transition Risk: Measurement Challenges and Application in Bank Stress Testing” last Friday, delivered by CEFGroup Director Ivan Diaz-Rainey.

If you missed it, the full recording is now available HERE (please click “进入回看“), or via CEFGroup’s YouTube Channel.

See attached PDF file for the lecture’s transcription, provided by the Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research (NIFR).

Click HERE for a summary in Chinese on the Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua NIFR‘s WeChat Media Platform.

 

Introduction of Tsinghua PBCSF Green Finance Lectures

Nowadays, sustainable development and climate change are the mainstream of world development, in which green finance plays an irreplaceable role. There have been hot debates and discussions in China and worldwide on questions such as how to balance the relationship between environmental protection, climate change and economic development, how to effectively combine market and government efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and is there a most efficient pathway of low-carbon transition.

Against this background, we launched the “Tsinghua PBCSF Green Finance Lectures” that are hosted by Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) and organized by the Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research (NIFR), with an aim to explore the future development of green finance and carbon neutrality targets. We invite domestic and international leading experts from academia, industry and government to give lectures on cutting-edge issues such as Carbon Neutrality, green finance, ESG and climate risk, for faculty members, students at Tsinghua and also audiences beyond Tsinghua’s community. This lecture series are held online on a bi-weekly basis and live broadcasted on all platforms of Tsinghua PBCSF.

 

Introduction of Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua NIFR

Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research (NIFR) was established in 2018 and is led by Prof JU Jiandong, the Unigroup Chair Professor at Tsinghua’s PBC School of Finance. As a leading green finance research platform with extensive international cooperation experience, the center is dedicated to academic and policy research, innovation, and global partnerships in sustainable finance. With China’s commitment to carbon neutrality, the center strives to serve the nation’s climate strategy and sustainable development worldwide. Through researching the tools and paths toward carbon neutrality, conducting environmental risks analysis and developing green finance standards, the center supports China’s policymaking and advises the country’s top financial institutions and corporations on green business development and strategic planning.

Tsinghua PBCSF looks forward to your participation on its future Tsinghua PBCSF Green Finance Lectures. For further information on the lecture series and the Center for Green Finance Research (CGFR) of Tsinghua NIFR, please contact sunty@pbcsf.tsinghua.edu.cn.


CEFGroup Deputy Director Chairing New Zealand’s Infrastructure Funding and Financing Conference


CEFGroup Deputy Director, Sebastian Gehricke, is chairing the New Zealand’s Infrastructure Funding and Financing Conference this coming Monday (30th May) and Tuesday (31st May).

New Zealand’s Infrastructure Funding and Financing Conference will address critical challenges faced by both the public and private sectors in financing and funding successful projects and maintaining high-performing infrastructure assets in a rapidly changing world of digitisation, energy transition, climate change and growing societal needs. Industry experts will address the financing, funding and delivery of infrastructures in NZ as well as examining the legislative aspects and means needed for sustainable and timely delivery for a better Aotearoa. Some highlighted speakers include:

For more information, visit New Zealand’s Infrastructure Funding and Financing Conference’s event page.


CEFGroup Deputy Director Invited to Present Working Paper at University of Zurich and FMA


CEFGroup Deputy Director, Sebastian Gehricke, presented his recent working paper entitled “In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons” at the University of Zurich (Friday 20th May) in Zurich, Switzerland. The same paper was also presented to the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) investments team and directors on Tuesday the 5th of April, and he will present the paper again with insights from relevant literature to the entire FMA for their “In the Know” session on Wednesday the 22nd of June. This will include attendees from across the entire FMA, as well as from The Treasury, Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and other relevant government entities, invited by the FMA.

For more information on the working paper and the related industry report, visit New Research: In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons.


CEFGroup Director Invited to Speak at Tsinghua PBCSF Green Finance Seminars


Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Director of the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) has been invited to speak at the Tsinghua PBCSF‘s green finance seminars. Details below:

Presentation Title: Climate Transition Risk: Measurement Challenges and Application in Bank Stress Testing

Speaker: Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey

Date and Time: Friday 27th May 7:00pm-8:30pm New Zealand Standard Time (or Friday 27th May 3:00pm-4:30pm Beijing Time)

Venue: Follow THIS LINK. Then click the blue button “立即学习“

For more information, please visit Tsinghua Center for Green Finance Research’s event page.


CEFGroup Two Live Webinars Achieved Great Success


CEFGroup hosted two webinars this week, featuring Paul Carman, Founder and CEO of the Private Capital Group (PCG), Simone Robbers, RBNZ Assistant Governor, and Susan Livengood, RBNZ‘s newly appointed Director of Sustainability and Financial Inclusion. Our events attracted around 150 people from more than 20 organisations.

Presentation recordings from our past webinars/ seminars are now publicly available via the CEFGroup YouTube Channel. It’s time to catch up on the sessions you missed out or revisit the ones you enjoyed!

PICTURE: CEFGroup Director Ivan Diaz-Rainey (right) Showed PCG Founder and CEO Paul Carman (left) around the Campus

SCREENSHOT: PCG Guest Lecture/Live Webinar

SCREENSHOT: RBNZ Guest Lecture/Live Webinar


Upcoming IAEE Webinar – Scope 3 Emissions: Data Quality and Machine Learning Prediction Accuracy


Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Director of the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) and Quyen Nguyen, CEFGroup STRAND Marsden Postdoctoral Fellow, have been invited to speak at the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)‘s webinar series. Details of the webinar are as follows:

Presentation Title: Scope 3 Emissions: Data Quality and Machine Learning Prediction Accuracy

Speakers: Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey and Dr Quyen Nguyen

Date and Time: Tuesday 28th June 8:00am-9:00am New Zealand Standard Time (or Monday 27th June 4:00pm-5:00pm Eastern Time)

The webinar is free-of-charge but registration is required and seats are limited. Sign up to ensure a spot!

For more information, please visit IAEE’s event page.


Climate Change: Rising Sea Level Data Likely to Have Immediate Impact on Coastal House Prices – Expert


Nick Goodall, Head of Research at CoreLogic and Member of the Advisory Group at CEFGroup’s STRAND Marsden Fund Project, was interviewed by Rebecca Wright on Newshub Live at 8pm last night (Monday the 2nd of May). Nick talked about the impact of sea-level rise flooding hazards on house prices – one preliminary finding from the STRAND Project.

The news article is available HERE.

For more information on the STRAND Marsden Fund Project, visit HERE.


CEFGroup Working Paper Featured in International Media


CEFGroup Deputy Director, Sebastian Gehricke, was recently interviewed by the Institutional Investor, discussing CEFGroup’s recent working paper entitled “In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons” which explores New Zealand investable fund managers’ stated ESG beliefs, motivations and strategy and evaluates their portfolio ESG performance.

The news article is available HERE.

For more information on the working paper, visit New Research: In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons.