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Climate Action Stage



Unlocking a Retrofit Revolution: Policy, Finance and Regulation

06 Dec 2023
Climate Action Stage

With the built environment driving close to 40% of global carbon emissions, green real estate is an unequivocal way to abate the climate crisis – and a key priority for future investments. Unsustainable buildings are becoming undesirable and tough to finance and this is driving demand for new or retrofitted buildings. From large institutional investors to homeowners, there has been a marked shift of interest towards sustainable real estate and the opportunities it presents to capitalize on and future-proof assets. In this session, thought leaders from international NGOs and the banking industry will share their experiences and insights on the decarbonisation of residential real estate around the world. 

  • Importance of the built environment  

  • Current challenges and policy blockers  

  • What are the key enablers that will unlock a retrofit revolution? 

  • How can the banking and financial services sector work with Government to ensure this? 

Heather Buchanan, CEO - Bankers for Net Zero
Eric Usher, Head - UNEP FI 
Marie-Gwenhaelle Geffroy, Global Head of ESG, Sustainability and Private Capital Practice - BNP Paribas
Pedro Anaya, Commercial Banking Sustainable Head of Partnerships and Chief of Staff - HSBC
Lisa McGeough, Co-head of Global Banking Coverage - HSBC
Duncan Swinhoe, RIBA, Regional Managing Principal - Gensler