I had the honour of attending the inaugural Sir Roger Gifford lecture by Mark Carney on 24 October, hosted by The City of London Corporation.
Following an introduction by current Lord Mayor, Vincent Keaveny, and then a video message from The Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President, the main lecture was delivered by Mark Carney OC, Co-Chair, GFANZ (Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero), UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and former Governor of the Bank of England.
Mark Carney's remarks focused on the necessary steps still needed, by public and private sectors, if global temperature rises are to be held to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Collaboration is crucial, particularly involving Government – finance is important but cannot deliver net zero alone.
Mark Carney was joined by the Green Finance Institute CEO, Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas, for a fireside conversation. Their discussion covered the progress made by GFANZ over the last year – and how its membership now stands at 550 members, representing financial sector balance sheets of $150 trillion. A significant increase on 2021 numbers.
You can watch the speeches here