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What's happening at COP26?

As world leaders, business and campaigners ready themselves for the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in early November, you can find here details of the ABI hosted activity, in Glasgow and virtually, and how to register to attend. 

For more information on any of these events please contact Emma Elson and Ellie Thomson

Risk Sharing in the Climate Emergency: A call to action for insurers, regulators and governments – in partnership with Glasgow City Council and ClimateWise 

Wednesday 3 November 

Time: 12:30 - 14:30 Registration from 12:00 

Venue: Banqueting Hall, Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow, G2 1DU 

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and its insurance platform ClimateWise, have been working with industry, regulators and policymakers to identify the top priorities for expanding risk sharing and insurance systems, urgently, as an essential policy response to the Climate Emergency.

At this event, ClimateWise and the Association of British Insurers will bring together senior representatives from insurance, regulators and governments to discuss the parts each must play as we step up to this global challenge. 

Speakers include: Dr Ana Gonzalez Pelaez (CISL), Dr Bronwyn Claire (ClimateWise), Ben Wilson (ABI)

The event will be in person only, and you can register here 


Mitigate, adapt, invest: how can the insurance & long term savings sector help customers prepare for climate risks – in partnership with the Scottish Government 

Thursday 4 November 

Time: 9:30-11:00 Registration from 8:30 

Venue: The Lighthouse11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU  

As part of the Scottish Government’s Ambition for Net Zero programme at COP26, the ABI will be hosting a discussion on how the insurance and long term savings sector can help customers to prepare for the transition to net zero and climate risks. 

The event will see a panel of senior industry speakers, alongside customer experts, to tap into the role of the sector in investing, mitigating and adapting to climate change. The event will take place physically in Glasgow, but will also be livestreamed.  

Speakers include: Andy Briggs (Phoenix), Francesca Tamma (Swiss Re), Maria Nazarova Doyle (Scottish Widows), Zelda Bentham (Aviva), Ben Howarth (ABI), Lucy Farrow (Britain Thinks) – Moderator

You can register to join the event here. 

Behaviour change and sustainable choices – partnership with the City of London Green Horizon Summit  

Friday 5 November 

Time: 15:45-16:30 

Venue: Online 

The ABI is a trade association partner for the City of London’s Green Horizon Summit at COP26, and will be hosting a fire side conversation with the ABI’s president on the role of industry in the transition to net zero, and a panel session on how industry can help customers to make sustainable choices to improve their climate resilience. Bringing together behavioural experts and industry CEOs, the panel will discuss the sustainable choices customers can make. The Green Horizon Summit will see events throughout the week, discussing the role of financial services in the transition to net zero.  

Speakers include: Barry O’Dwyer (Royal London), Huw Evans (ABI), Penny James (DLG), Clare Bousfield (M&G), Ekhosuehi Iyahen (IDF)

You can register for the full Green Horizon Summit programme here, with the ABI’s event on the afternoon of Friday 5. 

Other events in and around COP26:  

With the Summit itself, the Green Zone, Blue Zone there will be a myriad of events taking place around the COP26 Summit. Here we have pulled together a round-up of insurance and long-term savings events taking place in and around Glasgow and online: 

GFIA: The global isurance industry — a key partner in creating more sustainable & resilient societies

In this online event, taking place in the virtual fringes of the COP Summit, speakers will explore how the world’s insurers are uniquely positioned to contribute to climate-related goals, given their dual role as sustainable investors and as providers of protection and risk-management advice. 

Date & Time: November 4th, 13.00 - 14.30

Venue: Online event 

The expert speaker line-up includes;

  • Our own Huw Evans, Director General of the ABI
  • Don Forgeron, President, Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA)
  • Eric Usher, Head of UNEP Finance Initiative,
  • Victoria Saporta, Chair, executive committee, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS),
  • Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Secretary general, Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

The industry panel will also be joined by UN and Glasgow City Council representatives. 

You can find further details and register to attend here

Summit Finance Day events:

WWF - Screening of "Our Planet: Too Big To Fail"

Date and Time: Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 20:30 - 22.30

Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB

The night before COP26 Finance Day, join WWF, Aviva, and Make My Money Matter for a very special screening of Our Planet: Too Big To Fail at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Introduced by Richard Curtis, the event will discuss what to look for from the COP26 negotiations and what’s at stake if we delay, aloingside experts featured in the film:

  • Steve Waygood, the Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva Investors; 
  • Bevis Watts, the CEO of Triodos Bank UK; 
  • Ray Dhirani, Head of Sustainable Finance at WWF-UK.

They will also be joined by Tony Burdon, the CEO of Make My Money Matter; Maria Nazarova-Doyle, the Head of Pension Investments and Responsible Investments at Scottish Widows; Karen Ellis, the Director of Sustainable Economy at WWF-UK; and Margaret Kuhlow, the Global Finance Practice Leader at WWF International.

Places are limited so register now.

Pensions with Impact - Adopting a transitional mindset for a better future

Date and Time: Novemer 3rd, 09.30 - 10.30

Investors have the power to drive solutions to climate change and support a transition to a net-zero carbon world. With 1% of pension savings across the 37 OECD countries representing US $320 billion, there is great potential for pension schemes to capitalise upon investment opportunities that have positive impact and drive the transition to a net-zero economy while making a financial return.

The shift to a net-zero carbon economy will have practical consequences on people and communities, for example, job losses in some sectors, and growth opportunities and new skills required in others. This is one reason why the transition to net-zero needs to be a just transition, considering the social impacts of tackling climate change.

The Impact Investing Institute has developed four Impact Investing Principles for Pensions, which provide practical guidelines on how pensions can pursue an investing strategy that can contribute to delivering a just transition, and how pension trustees, advisors, fiduciary managers and asset managers can adopt a ‘transitional mindset’ – considering the risks and opportunities within their portfolio presented by the transition to a more sustainable world. The Principles have been adopted by a number of pension schemes and investment consultants and are supported by key industry bodies.

Join the Impact Investing Institute and hear from a range of voices in the industry who will share the investment opportunities and case studies presented by adopting a just transition investing approach, the advantages for institutional investors, such as pensions funds, in adopting a transitional mindset and how that can help to build socially and environmentally resilient economies in the future.

This event is part of the official COP programme for which registration will be required to attend

Women in Finance Climate Action Group: Practical steps to deliver finacne for climate action and gender equality

Date and Time: November 3, 15.30 -17.00

Women and girls are hit hardest by climate impacts around the world. They are also hugely under-represented in climate negotiations.

Join Aviva CEO Amanda Blanc as she convenes the Women in Finance Climate Action Group – a collective of women leaders from around the world – to set out how we can tackle the connected issues of gender inequality and private climate finance.

The event will feature senior women from business, the public sector and civil society exploring how private finance can and must support both climate action and gender equality. It will focus on the tangible actions that are needed, underpinned by the first ever research report to look into the connection between these issues in depth.

Audience participation will be encouraged, with the Climate Action Group looking to connect and strengthen the network of women looking to help solve these issues around the world.

This event is part of the official COP programme for which registration will be required to attend