Program 2018

Monday September 17
Moderator: Kristin Halvorsen, Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Research,

Opening Sesssion


Coffee, tea and sandwiches available




Welcome – Introduction to the symposium 2018

Unni Steinsmo, Chair, Ny-Ålesund Symposium Board



Welcome speech from the host

Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs


Climate change and extreme summer weather events

Michael E. Mann, Director of ESSC and Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, USA


European action plan on sustainable finance

Olivier Guersent, Director General, DG Fisma, Belgium


Group photo to be taken outside








Tuesday September 18
Moderator: Kristin Halvorsen, Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Research,

Session 1: Extreme Events




Breakfast in the service building.
Please remember to check out of your room.



09:00 – 09:20

Disclosing climate risk in investments

Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI / Skancke Consulting, Norway

09:20 – 09:40

Reducing climate risk in the financial system

Michael Sheren, Senior Adviser, Bank of England, UK

09:40 – 10:00



10:00 – 10.20

Coffee & tea



10:20 – 12:00

Extremes panel & discussions:
Are companies prepared for extreme events? How is the role of insurance changing? How can we map data to assets?  

·       Willemijn Verdegaal, Ortec Finance

·       Peter Ellsworth, CERES

·       Johanna Koeb, Zürich Insurance

·       Hayley Fowler, Professor, Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research, Newcastle University

Short remarks by the panelists followed by discussions



Lunch break and final check out of rooms.


Moderator: Kjetil Lund, Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Session 2: Climate Risk Disclosure and Scenario Stress Testing


Managing technology risk through research and innovation

Fridtjof F. Unander, Executive Director, Research Council Norway


Scenarios for stress testing

Anthony Hobley, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Tracker Initative, UK


Scenarios panel and discussions:
Does scenario stress testing help companies prepare for climate risk? What are the next steps in TCFD implementation?  

·        Eirik Wærness, Equinor

·        Patrick du Plessis, NBIM

·        Anne Margrethe Mellbye Platou, DNB

·        Glen Peters, CICERO

·        Zoe Knight, HSBC

Short remarks by the panelists followed by discussions



15:30 – 16:00

Coffee, tea & sandwiches


16:30 – 18:30


Boat trip on Kongsfjorden. Illustration of climate change.


18:30 – 23:30


Boat trip to Longyearbyen, including dinner and drinks.


23:30 – 00:00

Arrival Longyearbyen and transport to Funken Lodge


Wednesday September 19
Moderator: Kaj-Martin Georgsen, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs, DNB, Norway
Session 3: Green Bonds


Breakfast and check out of hotel


09:00 – 10:20

Green Bond panel and discussions:
How well do green bonds address climate risk? Will standardization help or hinder the market? 

·        George Richardson, World Bank

·        Hans Beyer, SEB

·        Ronny Løvberg Sørensen,
Sparebanken 1 Nord-Norge

·        Christa Clapp, CICERO

·        Anna Denell, Vasakronen

Short remarks by the panelists followed by discussions


10:20 – 10:40

China's Green Finance and Green Finance in the Belt and Road Initiative

Ma Jun, Director of Center for Finance and Development at Tsinghua University, Member of the PBOC's Monetary Policy Committee, China

10:55 – 11:00

Closing remarks

Kristin Halvorsen, Director, CICERO, Norway





Departure from Funken Lodge to airport




Departure from Longyearbyen to Oslo



Last updated: Sep 15, 2018