5th Annual Green Bank Congress: Taking Stock of Green Bank Success and Expanding Green Finance Around the World

18 September 2017
New York City, NY USA

Implementing the commitments set out in the Paris agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require dedicated local capacity to drive investment and financial innovation in low carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure. This year’s Green Bank Congress, part of Climate Week NYC 2017, gave attendees from the private and public sector the opportunity to discuss how Green Banks are working to crowd in private capital, and how the Green Bank model can be adapted to emerging markets. Speakers and attendees included Green Bank practitioners, government officials charged with NDC implementation, development banks and private sector partners from around the world.

National Development Banks and Green Banks: Key Institutions for Mobilizing Finance

26-27 June 2017   Mexico City

The event featured speakers on clean energy finance, Green Banks, and national development banks including UK Green Investment Bank, Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Connecticut Green Bank, Green Tech Malaysia, Banobras, NAFIN, BNDES, OECD, ALIDE, Inter-American Development Bank and many others.

The objective of this event was to offer a space for discussion of the role of banks in the financing of the NDCs and the development of innovative instruments for the leverage of green investments in the region. The agenda and presentations from the event are accessible here.

Webinar- NRDC and BNEF: Opportunities for Public and Private Finance to Accelerate Growth of the Electric Vehicle Market

15 June 2017

Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a promising technology to quickly decarbonize transportation sectors globally. But large volumes of capital are needed to finance adoption of EVs themselves as well as to build out EV charging networks. In order to design products and programs to effectively support EV market growth, green banks, private capital providers, and other green finance stakeholders will be given an update on recent developments in building out EV infrastructure in the U.S. and the opportunities for lowering costs of EV leasing or ownership to accelerate adoption. The webinar will provide insight how public and private financial institutions can work together to accelerate growth of the EV market.

Join the Green Bank Network and experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Bloomberg New Energy Finance to address questions including:

  • What business models are currently being used to build out EV charging infrastructure, and how do these models ensure that that the infrastructure is maintained?
  • Where are financing gaps where public and private capital providers could work together to scale these models?
  • What experience/data exist on revenue streams to lower the price of EV leasing or ownership? Specifically, what does the latest research tell us about residual value of EVs after leasing and potential secondary markets for EV batteries through stationary storage and battery recycling?

Featuring:

Luke Tonachel, Director of the Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council

Nick Albanese, Analyst of Advanced Transport at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Yayoi Sekine, Analyst of Energy Smart Technologies at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Financing Clean Energy in Affordable Housing Through Green Banks: CT Green Bank Approaches

6 June 2017

Please join the Green Bank Network for a webinar on the approaches CT Green Bank is taking to increase financing for clean energy in affordable housing properties and how Crum’s appointment to the Board will push the bank even further in its efforts. Our presenters are:

Betsy Crum, Executive Director of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development and Member, CT Green Bank Board of Directors

Kerry E. O’Neill, Vice President of Residential Programs at CT Green Bank

Kim Stevenson, Associate Director, Multifamily Housing at CT Green Bank

Over the past several years, CT Green Bank has partnered with the affordable housing sector and private capital providers to provide critical education, financing, technical assistance and resources that address barriers to deployment of clean energy projects in affordable housing properties. In March, CT Green Bank strengthened its commitment to Connecticut’s low-to-moderate income residents by welcoming Betsy Crum, a veteran professional in affordable housing development and finance, to its board of directors.

5th Annual Green Investing Conference

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27 April 2017   New York City

Featuring speakers on clean energy finance and Green Banks, including Brian Feit of NY Green Bank, Jigar Shah of Generate Capital and Jeff Schub of the Coalition for Green Capital.

The panel participants will discuss PPAs, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), loan programs, green investing, opportunities for innovations such as energy storage, and how to grow the investor base broadly.

Financing the 21st Century

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4-5 April 2017   Toronto, Canada

Featuring speakers on clean energy finance and Green Banks, including the Coalition for Green Capital.

To ensure prosperity through the coming decades, leading economies will need to invest heavily in advanced and resilient infrastructure. For the private sector, the upside is huge: Necessary global investment is projected at US $90 trillion by 2030.

In response, GLOBE Capital will explore how to open the floodgates of investment necessary to fully realize this opportunity. Our goals are to attract both innovation and new pools of capital to fund advanced, low-carbon infrastructure while mitigating investment risk and enhancing returns.

Senior decision-makers from across North America, in both the public and private sectors, who are critical to this conversation will come together in Canada’s finance capital. Together, they will explore ideas with a 360° lens focused on mobilizing the investment necessary for positive economic transformation.

International Symposium: REvision2017 Future that Renewables Make Possible

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8 March 2017   Tokyo, Japan

Featuring speakers on clean energy finance, including Takejiro Sueyoshi, CEO of the Green Finance Organisation Japan (GFO), founding member of the Green Bank Network.

The expansion of renewable energy is accelerating even more after the Paris Agreement entered into force. Most significantly, many of the world’s leading companies are showing commitment to run entirely on renewable electricity, thereby enforcing vast deployment of renewable energy lead by the industry. “REvision2017” will focus on these global efforts; it will introduce the business-lead moves towards 100% renewables, and discuss how to apply that in Japan.

Webinar: Green & Resilience Banks: How Can the Green Investment Bank Model Play a Role in Scaling Up Climate Finance in Emerging Markets?

Asia/Pacific time zones: Register here 
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
11:30am-12:30pm Beijing / 9:00am-10:00am Delhi

Americas/Europe time zones: Register here
Thursday, 15 December 2016
12:00pm EST – 1:00pm EST

The webinar featured discussion of a new policy working paper titled, “Green & Resilience Banks: How the Green Investment Bank Model Can Play a Role in Scaling Up Climate Finance in Emerging Markets“. The paper is jointly authored by Climate Finance Advisors, the Coalition for Green Capital, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. It was officially released at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Presenters shared highlights from the report, including information about the creation and capitalization of Green Investment Banks (GIBs) across the world that have had success in attracting private capital to low carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure investments.

In addition to outlining the early successes of existing GIBs, presenters provided an overview of the newly released paper’s insight into how the GIB model can a useful approach for countries with developing and emerging economies to consider. Because of their focus on acting at a local and transactional level, the GIB model could help countries achieve climate goals, be a locus of financial innovation, and serve as a partner for international climate and development finance providers.

The presentations were followed by Q&A.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Forum

17 November 2016, Hartford, Connecticut

The Connecticut Green Bank and the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster hosted the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Forum, bringing together key stakeholders in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. The Forum focused on:

  • Invest! – Green Bank Financing;
  • Design! – Supply Chain – Hydrogen Refueling and Fuel Cells;
  • Make! – Project Financing: Stationary and Motive Power; and
  • Use! – ZEV Vehicles and Hydrogen Refueling.

Innovative Financial Instrument to Support Energy Efficiency: Experiences from Financial Institutions in Latin America and Asia-Pacific Regions

Hosted by IDB and ALIDE

15-16 November 2016, Lima, Peru

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE) are partnering to host an event titled, “Innovative Financial Instruments to Support Energy Efficiency: Experiences from Financial Institutions in Latin America and Asia-Pacific Regions.”

The event featured speakers discussing the Green Bank model including Bryan Garcia from CT Green Bank, and Jeff Schub from Coalition for Green Capital.

This event aimed to promote a dialogue and exchange of experiences among Financial Institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Asia – Pacific (APAC) regions about the challenges and opportunities for private investments in energy efficiency to mobilize and deploy adequate and effective financial resources to achieve a low-carbon, climate-resilient development.

UNFCCC COP22 side event
Investing in the planet: Green banks and other financial tools to scale up mitigation technologies

Organized by the Grantham Institute, The Institution of Chemical Engineers, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

14 November 2016, Marrakesh, Morocco

The right financial mechanisms need to be in place to encourage investment in low carbon technologies and storage to stimulate deployment of the more mature technologies. This event examined financing challenges on-the-ground and solutions for policymakers and investors.

Speakers discussed the enabling environment that policy can provide and the need for sufficient financing. Our diverse set of speakers covered the full cycle for financing these technologies – from the initial types of technologies to the testing, commercialization, and financing phases.

At the event, Climate Finance Advisors, the Coalition for Green Capital, and the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report titled Green & Resilience Banks: How the Green Investment Bank Model Can Play a Role in Scaling Up Climate Finance in Emerging Markets”. 

OECD 3rd Annual Green Investment Finance Forum

13-14 October 2016, Tokyo, Japan

Featuring speakers from the UK Green Investment Bank (UK-GIB), Japan Green Finance Organisation (GFO), Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Green Tech Malaysia, NY Green Bank, Connecticut Green Bank, NRDC and CGC.

The OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) is an annual event aimed to promote dialogue and to enhance understanding between a wide range of countries and institutions interested in mobilising private investment financing for low carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure.

Speakers include high-level representatives from governments from OECD countries and emerging economies, developing countries, Green Banks, institutional investors and the private sector, international organisations and NGOs.

Fourth Annual Green Bank Congress and Green Bank Network Working Session

11-12 October 2016, Tokyo, Japan 

The Green Finance Organisation of Japan and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) of the Government of Japan jointly organized the Green Bank Congress 2016 on 11th October in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first Green Bank Congress after the Paris Agreement.

On the following day on 12th October, the Green Bank Network with hold a working session followed by an Environmental Finance Symposium hosted by the Ministry of Environment, covering topics related to Green Banks for a wider audience.

Sustainable Investment Forum at Climate Week

20 September 2016, New York City, USA

Featuring speakers from the NY Green Bank and the Connecticut Green Bank.

This one-day event aims to progress the dialogue on the development of effective public- private funding mechanisms for scaling low-carbon innovation. Uniting 300 investors, asset managers, fund managers, public and private banks, insurers and the private sector with key policy makers, city leaders and regulatory bodies, Sustainable Investment Forum will build the key relationships required to finance last year’s Paris Agreement.

Australia Clean Energy Summit

27-28 July 2016, Sydney, Australia

Featuring speakers from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

The Australia Clean Energy Summit is the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia’s energy transformation. The agenda included two days of sessions where heads of industry, government and finance share the models, trends and technology innovations that they’re leveraging to drive renewable energy adoption, and overcome barriers in its deployment.

7th Annual Clean Energy Ministerial

31 May 2016,  San Francisco, USA

Featuring speakers from Connecticut Green Bank, Masdar, Japan Green Finance Organisation, Climate Bonds Initiative, Green Climate Fund, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, Citi, OECD, California IBank’s CLEEN Center and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA).

An official side event of the Clean Energy Ministerial was hosted by the US Department of Energy, titled “Green Banks, Green Bonds: Recent Clean Energy Trends for Public and Private Financial Institutions.” The event brought together government and finance leaders to discuss how national, subnational and private financial institutions–including green banks–can drive investment in domestic clean energy projects. The discussion considered how such financial institutions can serve as a critical pathway for countries developing strategies for achieving national clean energy and emission reduction targets. The event also included case studies of recent transactions, including green bond issuances. At the event, the OECD announced the publication of its report Green Investment Banks: Scaling up Private Investment in Low-carbon, Climate-resilient Infrastructure.

ACEEE Finance Forum

22-24 May 2016, Providence, USA

Featuring speakers from the NY Green Bank, Connecticut Green Bank, Coalition for Green Capital, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, and Michigan Saves

Each year, the ACEEE Finance Forum features over 75 experts presenting on a variety of topics. The 2016 forum featured success stories and presentations on topics including PACE, on-bill financing, serving low-to-moderate income households and multifamily residences, Green Banks, and international energy efficiency finance. This event brings together experts in the field of financing energy efficiency projects.

COP 21 Side Event hosted by OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies

7 December 2015, Paris, France

Featuring speakers from Japan Green Finance Organisation, UK-Green Investment Bank, GreenTech Malaysia, Green Climate Fund and Bank of America

An official side event of the COP21 in Paris was hosted by the OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies titled Green Investment Banks: Leveraging innovative public finance to scale up low-carbon investment. The event featured discussion on approaches to increase private investment in clean energy, from leading practitioners. The Green Bank Network was formally launched at the event.

ACEEE Finance Forum

31 May – 2 June 2015, San Francisco, USA

Featuring speakers from the Connecticut Green Bank, Coalition for Green Capital, California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority.

The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is the premier conference dedicated to catalyzing investment in, and scaling the market for, energy efficiency. Since 2007, attendees have enjoyed significant value in meeting and mingling with thought leaders and game-changing innovators from the industry at this important networking opportunity. Each year, the conference features more than 20 sessions covering cutting-edge developments in this dynamic and fast-growing space, and provides a foundation for tracking progress as energy efficiency and related socially responsible investments progress toward the mainstream.

OECD 2nd Annual Green Investment Finance Forum

19 May 2015, Paris, France

Featuring speakers from the Japan Green Finance Organisation, the UK Green Investment Bank, GreenTech Malaysia, GEF, IFC, EIB, OECD, UNEO, IEA, Coalition for Green Capital, Bank of America and Pension Denmark.

In this defining year for climate change policy and low-carbon investment, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a targeted discussion on Clean Energy Finance. The Forum addressed new developments relating to green investment banks. It also highlighted promising investment channels with a special focus on green bonds and de-risking approaches to facilitate green infrastructure investment by institutional investors in OECD countries, emerging economies and developing countries. The  forum was  part  of Climate  Week  Paris, taking  place 200  days  before  the  COP21 climate  talks  in  Paris.

Green Bank Academy

6-7 February 2014, Washington DC, USA

Featuring speakers from NY Green Bank, Connecticut Green Bank, the Brookings Institution, the California Treasury Department and the Coalition for Green Capital.

The Green Bank Academy event provided a unique forum for state energy and finance officials from around the country to learn about and discuss the establishment and coordination of state “green” banks. Attendees worked together in working groups on practical problem-solving, with a focus on turnkey solutions to build green banks with shared principles for coordination and standardization. Leaders from over a dozen states, at various stages of green bank development, attended the event

The keynote speakers at the two-day meeting included Dan Esty, outgoing Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York.

International Green Bank Summit

  17-18 November 2014, New York City, USA

Featuring speakers from NY Green Bank, UK Green Investment Bank, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Green Finance Organisation, KfW, GreenTech Malaysia, Connecticut Green Bank, NJ Energy Resiliency Bank, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), Coalition for Green Capital, California Clean Energy Fund and the OECD.

The first day of the summit was a discussion among representatives of existing Green Banks that also served as the Second Annual Green Bank Congress, a forum initiated in 2013 by the UK Green Investment Bank. The closed-door session provided a venue to exchange information, share best practices, and discuss how to maximize individual and collective impact on clean energy financing markets. Discussions on day two focused on the role of Green Banks within emerging clean energy financing markets. Attendees included representatives from Green Banks around the world and leaders from the private sector and non-governmental organizations been active in driving the development of clean energy finance worldwide.

ACEEE Finance Forum

11-13 May 2014, Washington, DC, USA

Featuring speakers from NY Green Bank, Citi, Connecticut Green Bank, Coalition for Green Capital, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Maryland Energy Administration, Michigan Saves and Bank of America.

The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is dedicated to catalyzing investment in, and scaling the market for, energy efficiency. This year, the event focused on “Building Momentum and Driving Demand.” The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum together experts in the field of energy efficiency and finance, and provides a forum for discussing some of the challenges and solutions to financing energy efficiency around the world.

4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

24-25 October 2017
Paris, France

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) is held under the aegis of the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment.

Achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and broader set of environmental objectives linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require:

  • Domestic ambition to rapidly and efficiently decarbonise and enhance resilience in all sectors
  • Well-aligned policies across the whole of government
  • Strong and consistent signalling and well-targeted policy interventions to engage and mobilise industry and private finance, combined with a conducive investment environment
  • Increased global co-operation between state and non-state actors, including financial and technical support for developing countries
  • Monitoring of progress in green investment and financing and of environmental outcomes

Policies need to be cost-effective and supported by robust, evidence-based analysis, and reflect an understanding of the perspectives and constraints of investors, who will be the engine of the transition to a green and sustainable economy.

The GIFF will feature speakers from Green Banks and will cover key opportunities and challenges for unlocking financing for green innovation and explore the role of institutions and interventions to de-risk and mobilise investment in green projects.