Climate tipping points, financial risks and opportunities

Climate tipping points, financial risks and opportunities

The PRI is pleased to host the second industry dialogue of the Earth System Finance Project, run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm in collaboration with Future Earth, in close partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative. The dialogue is a closed, in-depth discussion around the role that the financial sector can play in avoiding dangerous climate change. 

This invite-only event, taking place on Friday, March 23 at The PRI’s offices in London, provides a unique opportunity for a conversation between financial institutions and leading Earth System researchers to discuss the impact of a new, breakthrough research project to identify “sleeping financial giants” in the fight against climate change.

Participants are invited to enrich, challenge, and contribute to the two-year plan of research and action. This is a great opportunity for diverse companies to begin working with scientists to shape and become a critical part of the rapidly growing field of green finance. 

For those based outside the UK, travel to London and one night’s accommodation will be provided. 


A first dialogue was held in Stockholm in 2017, and included HSBC, and Standard and Poor’s, among others. This second dialogue in London invites key players to discuss the implications of the novel scientific findings and practical ways to engage financial companies and scientists for positive change. 

The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has conducted research into how financial actors control flows of capital into regions of the planet identified as “tipping points.” These regions, identified by renowned scientists, represent areas where small impacts can cause a large acceleration in climate and other global changes. 

By coupling this research to a dialogue process with key sustainable finance institutions and experts, we wish to embed our work into the exciting transformation emerging in the field of green finance. We aim to involve “sleeping financial giants” in our insights so they can exert their influence for a more sustainable planet.


10:30 Welcome coffee and registration
11:00 Session 1: What are climate tipping points and why should the financial sector care about them?
Presentation: Tipping points in the Earth’s climate.
Professor Will Steffen, Climate Scientist, Australian National University

Presentation: Tipping towards climate stability the role of the financial sector.

Associate Professor Beatrice Crona, GEDB and SRC
Associate Professor Victor Galaz, GEDB and SRC
Alice Dauriach, GEDB
13:00  Lunch
14:00 Session 2: Discussion and way forward.
How could this knowledge of climate tipping points influence investment decisions?
What knowledge and resources would be useful for investors to further engage with this project and/or better support climate stability?
16:30 End of dialogue
Organised by Future Earth, the PRI, the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme (GEDB), the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University (SRC).




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    United Kingdom


23 Mar 2018 10:30 AM - 04:30 PM (London Time)

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