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Roundtable on green finance

22.12.2022Comments are closed.

On Thursday, 15 December 2022, the School of Economics and Business hosted a roundtable on green finance, co-organised by three organisations, the Green Student Network, the Society of Female Students of Business Sciences and the TopEF Society, and sponsored by Heineken, Zavod Noutbuk, Sten Time and Kozmetika Afrodita.

The aim of the roundtable was to introduce students to the basics of sustainable development in the financial sector, specifically in the banking and insurance sectors. The guests of the roundtable included Kristjan Hvala, MSc, Head of Business Economics at the Bank Association of Slovenia, Nina Kelemen, Head of Sustainable Business at Zavarovalnica Triglav d.d., Jonas Sonnenschein, PhD, Project Manager at Umanotera, and Matjaž Rupnik, Director of Evaluation and Control at NLB d.d.

The roundtable was structured in two parts. In the first part, the guests discussed the EU requirements for green financing and the financing of green projects. Regarding the EU green finance requirements, they presented green finance in the context of the European Green Deal as a lever to achieve the net zero carbon target by 2050 and the EU requirements in the operations of banks and insurance companies, as well as mentioning reporting against the new ESG standards and the expectations for the emerging ESRS standards. In the framework of green project finance, the guests discussed the standards to be taken into account when assessing the ‘greenness’ of a project and changes in consumer decision-making with regard to green performance of banks and insurance companies, as well as meeting supervisory expectations regarding financing of the green transition.

In the second part, the guests took questions from the participants. The latter wanted to know how much impact the European institutions actually have on reducing global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, given that Europe as a whole only accounts for about 15% of global pollution, especially with the COP27 updates. The guests discussed with participants the many opportunities for investment and agreed that the current trajectory of the European Union was the right one, and differed on whether the responsibility lies with each individual or with individuals in leadership positions.

Petrisa Čanji, President of the Green Student Network

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