The role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero

The 3rd annual ESG & Sustainability Forum will bring together more than 200 delegates from across the infrastructure asset class. Join the Forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero and to explore what the future looks like for the asset class.

 

Infrastructure Investor - advance your fundraising

Advance your fundraising

Connect with a global audience of investors with an interest in sustainability and showcase your ESG credentials. Benefit from focused networking with the right people.

Gain peer-to-peer insights

Hear how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement, discuss how you can work with management teams to drive the sustainability agenda, address human rights within a portfolio of investments and much more.

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Save time building your network

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with infrastructure’s elite at the event and on our sophisticated networking platform.

2021 speakers include:

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One Summit. Seven Forums.

The ESG & Sustainability Forum is part of the industry leading Infrastructure Investor Global Summit. Taking place across four days, the Summit has something to offer everyone involved in infrastructure.

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The future of energy

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From pandemic-resilience towards sustainable growth

Sponsorship opportunities

The Infrastructure Investor Global Summit offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for infrastructure investment professionals.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Alexander Jakes, alexander.j@peimedia.com, +44 (0)203 862 7498

 

Day 1
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Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 18th

ESG & Sustainability Forum
08:45 - 08:50

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome from the chair

Chris Heathcote
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Chris Heathcote

Independent

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09:00 - 09:25

State of ESG: where are we now?

Rick Walters, Simon Whistler

PRI & GRESB joint presentation referencing GRESB results as well as latest work of the PRI in infrastructure

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Rick Walters

Director Infrastructure, GRESB

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Simon Whistler

Senior Specialist, PRI

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09:25 - 09:40

Keynote Speech: what to expect from Glasgow and how will it impact private markets

09:40 - 10:15

Net-zero asset owners: how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement

Cameron Talbot-Stern
  • Update on latest initiatives and opportunities for convergence
  • How are asset owners getting to net zero? Is capital allocation being impacted?
  • How are LPs setting interim targets and on what basis?
  • Engaging with government, regulators and broader society? What is the LPs role?
  • How can LPs help GPs and vice versa? How can this effort be most collaborative? Is there friction and fakery that inhibits progress?
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Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment and Governance Manager, APG Asset Management

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10:15 - 11:00

What will moving to net zero mean for infrastructure?

Joanne Lee, Martin Ewald, Karl Nietvelt
  • Will certain sectors of infrastructure become unacceptable to invest in?
  • Where to start? Practical tips for a decarbonisation roadmap
  • How are investors committing to net-zero? To what extent is pressure being put on managers?
  • How managers/investors/assets can collaborate effectively on net-zero goals
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Joanne Lee

Sustainable Finance Specialist, WWF International

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Martin Ewald

Lead Portfolio Manager - Impact Investments, Allianz Global Investors

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Karl Nietvelt

Global Head of Analytics & Research, Infrastructure Ratings - S&P Global

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
11:30 - 12:15

Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver

Johan Tiselius, Valeria Rosati, Peter Dickson
  • How investors and managers can work with management teams to help ESG drive growth
  • Making data useful for investors and other key stakeholders
  • How to show the value of ESG work to investment teams future owners
  • Justifying significant effort and investment in long-term issues
  • Examples of work on ESG adding to multiple paid at exit
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Johan Tiselius

Investment and Sustainability Manager, Infranode

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Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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Peter Dickson

Partner, Glennmont Partners

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12:15 - 12:45

Regulatory update and what it means for investors in infrastructure

Isabelle Combarel
  • Latest on the higher-level platform on sustainable finance
  • Where are we with the EU taxonomy?
  • What’s coming next in Europe and globally? How should global managers
  • The importance on collaboraton to develop joint taxonomies and standards
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Isabelle Combarel

Deputy CEO - Head of Business Development & ESG, SWEN Capital Partners

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12:45 - 13:15

Keynote: ‘The Key Man’ explored- lessons learned from the fall of Abraaj

Simon Clark
  • Red flags. What should investors be on the lookout for?
  • Alignment of interest and the social licence to operate. Making stakeholder engagement a priority
  • Doing well and doing good: what are the limits of impact investing?

Simon Clark, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

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Simon Clark

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

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13:15 - 14:15

Networking lunch with Emerging Markets & Social Infrastructure Forums

ESG & Sustainability Forum
14:15 - 14:45

Sustainability in digital infrastructure investments

Carmela Mondino, Angela Roshier, Phoebe Smith
  • Outlining the sustainability concerns linked to digital investments
  • Determining the sustainability of digital assets such as data centres
  • Considering the positive social impact of digital investments
  • Infratech and how infrastructure investment could be redefined by sustainability
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Carmela Mondino

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

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Angela Roshier

Head of Asset Management, DIF Capital Partners

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Phoebe Smith

Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

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14:45 - 15:15

Addressing human rights within a portfolio of investments

Nikolas Stone, Nikolaj Pedersen
  • Defining what is meant by human rights in the context of infrastructure investing
  • Balancing human rights with environmental challenges investors face
  • Managing complex supply chains for technologies involved in the energy transition
  • Social issues linked to labour policies, economic displacement etc, and dealing with them as they occur
  • Considering regulatory changes particularly the social taxonomy
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Nikolas Stone

Director, Environment and Social Governance (ESG) - CDC Group

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Nikolaj Pedersen

Senior Lead, Human Rights, PRI

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15:15 - 15:45

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
15:45 - 16:15

Value creation case-study: highlighting why net-zero initiatives are a value creation necessity

16:15 - 16:45

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

The session will highlight the increased role of ESG in due diligence. A fund manager and an institutional investor will discuss a hypothetical investment opportunity with ESG issues. They will ask the questions they would ask in a real investment situation with specific infrastructure assets and reflect on the ESG risk of the investment. The audience will then be given the opportunity to quiz the presenters on their decisions and decide whether they would themselves invest.

16:45 - 17:15

Networking Roundtables

  • Biodiversity
  • Energy Transition
  • Impact Investing
  • Practical approaches for diversity
  • Circular Economy
  • The just transition
  • Human rights/modern slavery
17:15 - 17:20

Closing comments from the chair

Opening Keynote of the Global Summit
17:20 - 18:00

Keynote speech

All three forums convene in the Ballroom for the opening keynote of the Global Summit

Followed by Q&A with the audience

Peter Dickson

Partner, Glennmont Partners

As Founding Partner and Director of Glennmont Partners, Peter is responsible for the technical aspects of all investments. He oversees many of the investments and plays a significant part in the management of the portfolio, through construction and o… Read full bio

Martin Ewald

Lead Portfolio Manager - Impact Investments, Allianz Global Investors

Martin Ewald is a Managing Director in the London office of Allianz Global Investors and heads the Impact Investment team of AllianzGI as Lead Portfolio Manager. The team currently manages the Allianz Impact Investment Fund and AfricaGrow and is acti… Read full bio

Chris Heathcote

Independent

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in infrastructure, developed through extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Whilst advising and working with a variety of clients, Chris has recently become a Senior Advisor to ENEA Consulting w… Read full bio

Joanne Lee

Sustainable Finance Specialist, WWF International

As a sustainable finance specialist at WWF International, Joanne provides technical guidance and thought-leadership to WWF offices on various topics including net zero portfolio alignment, green financial solutions, sustainable infrastructure finance… Read full bio

Carmela Mondino

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

Carmela Mondino is Head of the ESG & Sustainability team, based in Zug. Carmela is also a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team and a leader of the firm's Women's Network. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at To… Read full bio

Karl Nietvelt

Head of Analytical Excellence & Research - Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

Karl Nietvelt is S and P Global’s head of Research for Infrastructure ratings, comprising Infrastructure Corporate entities, Utilities and Project finance. Beyond Infrastructure, Karl is heading S and P Global’s research lab on the Energy Transition;… Read full bio

Nikolaj Pedersen

Senior Lead, Human Rights, PRI

Nikolaj Pedersen is a senior specialist in PRI’s social issues department and the lead the human rights programme. His role is to design and implement projects with signatories and partners to mainstream international human rights standards in the in… Read full bio

Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

Valeria joined the business in 2006 and has two decades of relevant experience. Based in London, Valeria leads Equity asset management and is the joint portfolio manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Pension Fund’s unlisted infrastructure manda… Read full bio

Angela Roshier

Head of Asset Management, DIF Capital Partners

Angela Roshier is Partner and Head of Asset Management at DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”). She joined DIF in 2010 and oversees the asset management of DIF’s investment portfolio of ca. 120 assets. Her responsibility includes the ESG strategy and the por… Read full bio

Phoebe Smith

Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

Phoebe Smith is an Investment Director in the equity team of Whitehelm Capital, based in London. She is involved in the origination and execution of infrastructure transactions as well as the asset management of the existing portfolio. Phoebe has exp… Read full bio

Nikolas Stone

Director, Environment and Social Governance (ESG) - CDC Group

Nik is a Director of Environment and Social Governance at CDC Group, and leads the ESG workstream for the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining CDC Group, he was a consultant for Mott MacDonald and has previously worked for Iberdrola on its operati… Read full bio

Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment and Governance Manager, APG Asset Management

Cameron currently leads the ESG integration for APGs Infrastructure Portfolio and is a member of the GRESB Infrastructure Advisory Board. He has 13 years’ experience working across infrastructure and real estate with a focus on energy/sustainability,… Read full bio

Johan Tiselius

Investment and Sustainability Manager, Infranode

Johan is Head of ESG at the Infranode and with over 7 years of experience from M&A and consulting. Since joining Infranode he has participated in several processes and transactions in the Nordic infrastructure space. Johan is responsible for the… Read full bio

Rick Walters

Director Infrastructure, GRESB

Rick has more than 30 years experience in Sustainability, Investment, Engineering and Management. His spans a diverse range of businesses, infrastructure and industry through design, construction and operations phases. Rick was a founder of the Infra… Read full bio

Simon Whistler

Senior Specialist, PRI

Simon joined the PRI in June 2018, and leads the organisation’s work on real assets. He works with real assets investors to support their understanding and integration of responsible investment in their investment processes. His most recent work has… Read full bio