Time of Event

Day 1: 09:30 – 12:10 Tokyo time
Day 2: 15:30 – 17:20 Tokyo time

Summary

Global asset owners are increasingly prioritizing “green” investments in their portfolios and establishing clear and well-explained targets in this regard. To convince global investors to finance issuers and projects in Asia that have yet to become “green,” it is important to consider information transparency, quality data, sector-level decarbonization roadmaps and related corporate disclosure, verifiable transition-related key performance indicators (KPIs), and accepted principles and standards. In addition, to avoid complexity, global investors would prefer more common “transition finance” related criteria and a more common disclosure framework in the region.

This workshop discussed policy strategies associated with emerging approaches to transition finance criteria and disclosure across Asia. It also provided insight on transition finance criteria and disclosure which could foster constructive dialogue between investors and issuers. This included taxonomies, identification of hard-to-abate sectors’ transition roadmaps, corporate disclosure on transition strategy, and verifiable transition-related KPIs.

Objectives
  • Examine the characteristics of emerging approaches to transition finance criteria and disclosure in Asia, and the global context
  • Identify policy strategies for developing Asia pertaining to transition finance criteria and related disclosure
Target Participants
  • Policy makers from ADB member economies
  • Experts from think tanks, universities, and international organizations
  • Investment and financial practitioners, including asset managers, banks, insurance companies, and rating agencies
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of transition finance needs in Asia, in terms of criteria and disclosure
  • Greater dialogue and networking among policy makers and experts to promote transition finance related criteria
  • Identification of strengths and areas for improvement within prevailing transition finance approaches, and opportunities for decarbonization transition policy cooperation in Asia
  • Presentation materials to be uploaded on the ADBI website
Event Presentations*

Global Market Structure: Financing Transition in Asia
Presenter: Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, ADBI

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Standard Chartered Bank
Presenter: Jennifer Zhou

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Global Market Structure: Financing Transition in Asia
Presenter: Jason Mortimer, Head of Sustainable Investment – Fixed Income, Nomura Asset Management

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Energy Transition Financing: ADB’s Perspective
Presenter: Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

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Asia Transition Finance Study Group
Presenter: Kensuke Nishiji

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Transition Finance Initiatives in Japan (Overview)
Presenter: Satoshi Ikeda

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ISSB’s proposed IFRS® Sustainability Disclosure Standards
Presenter: Sue Lloyd, Vice Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board

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Climate-related disclosure effective for transition finance in Asia
Presenter: Kerrie Waring, Chief Executive Officer, ICGN

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Climate-related Disclosure for Transition Finance in Asia
Presenter: Koushik Chatterjee

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Sustainability/ climate periodic reporting in Australia
Presenter: Doug Niven, Chief Accountant

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Developments in Japan and Developments of the IOSCO
Presenter: Makoto Sonoda, Financial Services Agency Government of Japan

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*Disclaimer: The views expressed in these presentations are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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