Just Zero – a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition - videos

Published on October 25, 2021
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The aim of the Just Zero conference was to bring together some of the key activities that are underway to mobilise the financial sector in support of a just transition and build a momentum for change heading into the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. 

Session 1. The Just Transition Leadership Agenda for Finance

The opening session of the Just Zero Conference sets out the strategic agenda, identifying what is needed to achieve system-wide change for the just transition at COP26 and beyond, focusing on the specific role of finance.

Session 2. Engaging for Change: Shareholders, Business & the Just Transition

Shareholder engagement is a powerful tool for responding to climate risks and promoting corporate alignment with net zero. Investors are starting to incorporate just transition expectations into their engagement activities. This session focused on what is needed to scale up investor efforts to improve business practice.

Session 3. Financing the Just Transition in Emerging Markets

The real test of the just transition will be in emerging and developing economies, where investment needs for climate action are greatest and where the imperatives of ending poverty, cutting inequality and delivering sustainable livelihoods are most pressing. This session will focus on the priorities of two countries, India and South Africa, as well as the strategies of development financial institutions.

Session 4. Voice & Place: Worker & Community Perspectives on Financing the Just Transition

An essential component of the just transition is the active participation of workers and communities in climate strategies. This session will focus on how investor action on the just transition can be guided by dialogue with workers and communities, with leading union and community representatives as well as investors and international policymakers.

Session 5. Financing a Just Transition Alliance UK: Report Launch

The just transition is increasingly recognised by financial institutions as a critical factor for climate success in the UK. This session launched the report from the Financing the Just Transition Alliance, a coalition of 40 organisations, which shows what banks and investors need to do and what policy changes are required.

Session 6. Finance, the Just Transition & COP26: Key Messages 

COP26 needs to achieve major breakthroughs on net zero, resilience and climate finance. The just transition is set to gain increased policy, business and civil society profile as a tool for accelerating action. This closing session will reflect on the key messages from the Just Zero conference for COP26.