Austrian Climate Change Workshop

Beyond Paris: Financing and Implementing Climate Change Commitments

Date: 30-31 March, 2017
Venue: Kommunalkredit Public Consulting, 1092 Vienna, Türkenstrasse 9, Austria

From 30-31 March, 2017, KPC in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Environment has conducted the Austrian Climate Change Workshop 2017.

This annually-held event aims at fostering knowledge-sharing and discussion on key climate change issues thereby contributing to low-carbon development and climate resilience on a global scale. The event is traditionally carried out in a conference-style setting with international high-level speakers from both the public and the private sector.

The sessions have been structured around the following main topics:

  • Status and future direction of international climate change policies, based on the outcomes from COP 22 in Marrakesh and complemented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals with regards to climate resilience, low-carbon development, climate finance and cross-cutting issues,
  • Scaling-up financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation, presenting lessons learnt, strategies for scaling-up as well as new initiatives led by development finance institutions that con-tribute to achieve national climate change action plans and involve the private sector,
  • City-wide initiatives aiming at maximizing environmental, economic and social benefits in line with local priorities, tailored to budgets and based on thorough stakeholder dialogue,
  • Greening of the financial system, outlining the risks, challenges and opportunities for channeling investments into climate-friendly assets and presenting ways for bridging between institutional investors and asset developers.

More than 120 persons from across Europe have enjoyed the event from authorities, financing institutions, consulting companies, research organizations, universities, think-tanks, and NGOs.

KPC is proud to facilitate learning and to connect people working in order to foster climate-smart development.

For further information, please contact
Mr. Martin Gauss, m.gauss(at) T: +43 1 31631 224
Mrs. Biljana Spasojevic,  b.spasojevic(at) T: +43 1 31631 231


Information on speakers


Session 1: International climate change policies: status and future direction:
Panel 1 (Photo)
1. H. Hojesky - Global Climate Action after Paris

2. C. Holzleitner - On the Road from Paris
3. C. Jäger - Global action on adaptation to climate change
4. J. Kellett - Implementing the NDCs: climate Policy into Climate Action
5. A. Marcu - Briefing on Article 6
6. W. Diernhofer - International climate change policies: Climate Finance

Session 2: Scaling-up financing for adaption and migitation measures:
Panel 2 (Photo)
1. J-W van de Ven - Scaling up green finance
2. G. Gunz - OeEB
3. K. Hämekoski - Migitation, Adaptation and Private Finance - observations from the field
4. A. Sharma - Scaling Up Financing for Migitation Measures - Reflections from the NAMA Facility
5. K. Eisbrenner - How Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) can support the scaling-up financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Session 3: Climate finance - paving the way for the private sector:
Panel 3 (Photo)
1. L. Park - Engaging with the Private Sector Facility
2. M. Berg - Climate Finance - paving the way for the private sector
3. M. Hiller - Beyond The Grid - Fund for Zambia
4. G. Coleman - The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance & the Fire Awards
5. R. Agster - Private Sector Climate Finance facilitated by Credit Lines

Session 4: Applying results - based financing to climate change:
Panel 4 (Photo)
Panel Discussion: Applying results-based finance to climate change

Session 5: City wide initiatives:
Panel 5 (Photo)
1. C. Rothballer - Creation of added value through public- and community-driven development
2. P. Mühlmann - Smart City Wien - The City for Life
3. N. Petkova & R. Stanek - Scaling up city-level Clean Transport Investments into national Programmes 
4. K. A. Bernard - City wide initiatives- Urban Cable Cars
5. N. Peherstorfer - Sustainable Urban Demonstration Project (SUDeP)

Session 6: Greening the financial system:
Part A: Investor perspectives:
Panel 6a (Photo)
1. J. Thomä - The finance sector as the bridge to the 2°C goal
2. L. Park - GCF in Green Banking
3. K. Löffler - Decarbonizing institutional investor portfolios
4. G. Lehmann  - Austrian Climate Change Workshop

Part B: Facilitating the transition:
Panel 6b (Photo)
1. S. Kreibiehl - Greening the financial system: Facilitating the transition
2. L. Cameron - Green for Growth Fund
3. N. Fettes - Facilitating the transition: How investors can use CDP's environmental information
4. A. Linke - The Role of GIZ in Green Finance

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