Webinar: Understanding Transition Finance from cases in Japan
~Financial outlook for the use of ammonia co-firing and hydrogen〜

Webinar Date and Time: March 8 (Wed), 2023, 9am -10 am GMT = 10am-11:10am CET = 6pm-7:10pm JST (Hosted by Proxy Watcher)

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Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bond Initiative

Mr. Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI) since 2010, a UK-based organization that promotes the flow of funds to solve climate change issues and provides policy advice. He is one of the world’s leading experts on green bonds and green finance. His organization’s insights are always in the spotlight of the financial industry and media in Europe and Japan.

Jacqueline Tao, Analyst of TransitionZero

Ms. Tao is Analyst at TransitionZero, a think tank promoting zero carbon in the power industry and other sectors. She used to conduct research for Wood Mackenzie, a leading energy data analysis firm, on gas and LNG markets in Southeast Asian countries. She was also a senior analyst at research giant IHS Markit. In the past, she has worked for ESI, an energy policy think tank affiliated with the National University of Singapore (NUS), on ASEAN power market integration and the related topics. Recently she has published a report with TransitionZero, titled Coal-de-sac: Advanced Coal in Japan: The Role of Advanced Coal Technologies in Decarbonising Japan’s Electricity Sector.

Sachi Suzuki (Senior Manager Investment Stewardship, HSBC Asset Management)

Previously, she worked at Federated Hermes, a UK-based asset management firm, where he focused on ESG and conducted engagements to create long-term value. She was co-chair of the Engagement Policy Working Group of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), a group of financial institutions and investors in the Asia-Pacific region, and a member of the advisory committee for the PRI-led engagement on palm oil and sustainable forestry. She also served as a member of the PRI-led advisory committee on palm oil and sustainable forestry engagement.

Isshu Kikuma, Analyst of Bloomberg NEF and author of Cost Issues

Mr. Kikuma is an analyst for the energy sector at Bloomberg NEF. Focusing on the renewable energy and transportation sectors in Japan, his works forecast the Japanese electricity market up to 2050, as well as the trends and projections of power generation costs. His works offer information on what Japan needs for mass adoption of renewable energy as main source of power to the market.

Emily Faithfull, Australia National University, Former ISS ESG analyst

Ms. Faithfull worked as Climate Change analyst at ESG investment-related unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading voting advisory firm in the United States. Moving to Australian National University in January 2023, her main research focus is on the opportunities and risks due to climate change, as well as the hydrogen technologies from academic perspective. She wrote an analyzing report titled Horses for Courses: H2 in a Net Zero Economy when working for ISS.




Miho Kurosaki, Analyst on Climate Change and ESG

Ms. Kurosaki used to be the leader of research branch on energy economy and policy in Japan at Bloomberg NEF. In public sector, she has also served as a member of the Expert Council for the Promotion of Climate Change of Prime Minister’s Office, the Coal-Fired Power Fact-Finding Study Group of Ministry of Environment, and the Expert Group on Climate Change of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She had worked as an environmental research analyst at Trucost in the UK since 2007, then she launched the Bloomberg ESG analysis platform and worked to promote ESG to the financial industry in 2009. She is now an independent advisor to RE100 since 2021.


<About the event / 本イベントについて>

Financial experts from global financial institutions and the professionals in economic and financial analysis of energy technologies will gather to discuss “Transition Finance” in this webinar.

Transition finance refers to investments and loans that support the transition from carbon-intensive business activities that emit large amounts of carbon dioxide to the decarbonized business.

Hydrogen and ammonia-related technologies, which are being promoted in the electricity and power sector, are currently attracting attention as an investment destination for transition finance in Japan. In fact, many Japanese companies have raised funds from financial institutions and investors through transition bonds. While these technologies seem to be the Japan’s trump card in the energy transition by many, the others are concerned about their effectiveness in reducing emissions, as well as their profitability and price competitiveness.

With the approaching G7 summit in May and the 2023 shareholder meeting season, a dialogue between companies and stakeholders on climate change is becoming increasingly active.

Please join us in this webinar, if you are interested and would like to deepen your understanding of hydrogen and ammonia-related technologies, which are attracting particular attention in Japan. You can also gain insight from frontline speakers on the role of transition finance.

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