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In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at UTS, we are pleased to present our Climate Risk Masterclass Series
Presented by climate experts from ISF alongside the Honourable Bob Carr, the series is a timely opportunity to unpack the outcomes from COP26 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow this November.
Delivered in three parts over three weeks, the masterclass is designed to help superannuation fund employees and financial service professionals manage the complex financial risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
Attendees will receive a foundation of how, why and where COP26 will impact superannuation funds over the coming decade and the knowledge to implement APRA’s draft Prudential Practice Guide on Climate Change Financial Risks (CPG 229).
This masterclass is designed for those working in superannuation or the financial sector. However, anyone interested in exploring the financial impacts of climate change on superannuation investment would benefit from attending.
The decisions made by nations at COP26 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, UK – will shape the investment environment for the coming decade. With leaders from 196 countries and around 20,000 accredited delegates expected to attend the event, the challenge for superannuation funds will be to understand the likely financial impacts on superannuation fund investments. Whether investing member money or answering questions from superannuation fund members, this masterclass will provide a foundation of how, why and where COP26 will impact superannuation funds moving forward.
Net Zero is a term being increasingly used in the media – but how does it financially impact the investments made by superannuation funds? According to the United Nations body that assesses the science of climate change (IPCC), the definition of net zero is “when anthropogenic CO2 emissions are balanced globally by anthropogenic CO2 removals over a specified period.” With all Australian States and Territories already committed to reaching net zero by 2050, Australia’s economy is beginning the process of transformation. In the aftermath of COP26, this masterclass will unpack the financial implications of these targets.
APRA has released its draft prudential guidance on climate change financial risks, which closed for consultation on 31 July 2021. The draft PPG sets out APRA’s expectations on how a prudent APRA-regulated institution would take a strategic and risk-based approach to the management of the various risks and opportunities arising from climate change. It focuses on the expectations of APRA-regulated entities to engage with boards, sub-committees and senior management. This masterclass will unpack what the PPG means for super funds, whether they’re engaging with trustees or assessing the impact of climate risks and opportunities.
Research Director, ISF
The Honourable Bob Carr
Industry Professor (Business and Climate Change), UTS; Former Premier of NSW and Australian Foreign Minister,
Partnership Manager, Institute for Sustainable Futures; Co-author of Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap,
Dr Sven Teske
Associate Professor and Research Director, ISF