Expanding Energy Access by Growing the Global Divest Invest Movement

location Arts at the Old Fire Station | 1 PM-6 PM Tuesday 12 April 2016 (GMT)

Increasing investment in energy access for a global renewable energy economy that is just, secure and limits climate change to a maximum of 1.5C

<b>“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible; suddenly you find you are doing the impossible.” St Francis of Assisi</b>

Divest Invest is a potent global movement that’s triggering a shift in finance from fossil fuels. Its mission is to remove the social and political license for fossil fuel extraction and use, so that they can be phased out in time to limit climate change to maximum 1.5 C and accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy that is just, secure and limits climate change to a maximum of 1.5C. An unattainable goal? The supporters of the movement would strongly suggest otherwise. It makes financial sense to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. The ethical argument is now irrefutable. This simple act is both necessary and possible. If we all do it, we’ll turn the vision into reality. And if we don’t, do we run the terrible risk that markets and fossil fuel companies will transition at their own pace resulting in runaway climate change and locking emerging economies out of the renewable energy economy?

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Join us for lunch

2.00pm: Welcome and introductions to the provocateurs by Matthew Bishop, the Economist US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief

· Mark Campanale – it’s the end of the fossil fuel era, so how come some don’t realise it yet?

· Ellen Dorsey – Shaping the new energy economy and the role of the finance sector and investors

· Dr Jonathan Rowson - why is Divest Invest the most important act that investors who understand climate change should do?

2.30pm - Panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of investing climate solutions in emerging economies moderated by Matthew Bishop:

· Christian Schattenmann, SFA Fund Manager Bamboo Finance

· Cyrille Arnould, Head of GEEREF

· Assaad W. Razzouk, Group CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

· Asad Mahmood, CEO & Managing Partner of SIMA Funds

3.00pm Round table discussions

Discussion points for table discussions (1 hour): · How we can maximise the impact of the global divest invest movement?

· How can we encourage enterprise for a just, secure and renewable energy technology?

4.00pm Feedback and discussion moderated by Matthew Bishop

4.45pm Concluding comments – Sarah Butler-Sloss, Chair of the Ashden Trust and Founder/Director of Ashden

5.00pm Join us for cocktails, canapes and networking. Please sign up <a href="https://marmalade.attending.io/events/divest-invest-drinks" target="blank">here</a> so we can manage numbers.

This event is hosted by Europeans for Divest Invest and supported by Wallace Global Fund, The Ashden Trust, Mark Leonard Trust and JJ Charitable Trust


  • Divest Invest Europe

    European Foundations, Family Offices and Individuals who have pledged to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. Join us & spread the word

  • Carbon Tracker

    The Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) is a team of financial specialists whose objective is to make climate risk visible in the financial markets


Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom

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