Webinar: What Covid19 means for Sustainable Finance

On Tuesday 28th April, the APPG on Sustainable Finance held its first ever virtual and official event. We brought together key members of the APPG’s team to discuss the impact of Covid19 on sustainable finance and what this new normal means for our work. 

 Our panelists explored how political and financial institutions should be responding to the current crisis to build a resilient and sustainable future that aligns with the UK’s net-zero emissions target. This event was recorded and is available to watch on demand here:

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Please get in touch at appg@uk100.org if you’d like to find out more about the work of the APPG and ways to get involved and upcoming events.

About the speakers


Sir Ed Davey MP, Chair of the APPG on Sustainable Finance. Sir Ed Davey MP is acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Kingston and Surbiton. He leads the APPG’s work in Parliament and has a special interest in sustainable finance. An economist by training, Ed was a business consultant before being elected in 1997. He was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2012-15, and in 2016, set up a consultancy working primarily in the energy and climate change field. Ed chairs a Community Energy Co-operative Company called Mongoose Energy.


Catherine Howarth, CEO, ShareAction, APPG on Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Catherine Howarth joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She also serves on HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.


Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, APPG on Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to green banking and was appointed Chief Executive of the UK Government and City of London Corporation-backed Green Finance Institute in 2019. Rhian began her banking career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2000, rising to Global Head of Green Banking and founder and chair of Barclays Green Banking Council, which developed and launched Barclays’ suite of green finance products and services. She represented Barclays on the FSB’s Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce, and the Banking Environment Initiative’s Fintech Taskforce.


Dr. Ben Caldecott, APPG on Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute (GFI) and the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance based out of the Cabinet Office.


Polly Billington (Chair), Director of UK100. Polly Billington is the founding Director of UK100, a network of local leaders committed to clean energy, clean air and climate action. A former BBC broadcast journalist, she was previously special adviser at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (2008-10), Director of Communications on Sadiq Khan’s selection campaign to be a London Mayoral candidate, and Head of Communications and Campaigns at Citizens Advice

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