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Synopsis

Join us at our upcoming event as we delve into the latest developments of the European Union (EU) Taxonomy, focusing on the significant updates introduced in June 2023. 

This webinar will feature a keynote address by a distinguished representative from the DG FISMA of the European Commission, unveiling the latest updates on the EU Taxonomy—a vital framework for promoting sustainable finance and green bond issuance.

As Europe takes a leading role in the global green bond market, this event will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the implications of these developments for stakeholders in Singapore and beyond. The keynote address will be followed by an insightful panel discussion involving stakeholders from ESG rating agencies, financial institutions, and asset management.

Gain valuable insights into the expanded taxonomy framework, the EU’s ambition to influence global sustainability standards, and the impact of these updates on financial institutions and investors. Furthermore, learn about Singapore’s initiatives to position itself as the Green Finance Hub of Asia and foster international collaborations in harmonising sustainable finance practices.

Register now to join this engaging discussion and embark on a sustainable journey towards a brighter future in Europe, Asia, and beyond.

 

Programme

3.50 pm Zoom Webinar Waiting Room Opens
4.00 pm Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping by EuroCham
4.05 pm Opening Remarks by Carl van der Elst, Chair of the Financial Services Committee
4.15 pm Keynote Presentation by Silvia De Iacovo, Policy Officer, Sustainable Finance Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission
4.45 pm Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A by Pierre Maria, Co-Chair of the Financial Services Committee
5.45 pm Closing Remarks by Carl van der Elst, Chair of the Financial Services Committee

 


 

Keynote Speaker

Silvia De Iacovo
Policy Officer, Sustainable Finance Unit
DG FISMA, European Commission

Silvia De Iacovo is a Policy Officer in the Sustainable Finance Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission, since May 2021. She is following closely the international developments in the area of sustainable finance and, more specifically, she is part of the Taxonomies Working Group of the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF), co-chaired by the EU and China. As part of this, Silvia is co-leading the work on the Common Ground Taxonomy, which provides a detailed analysis of the EU and China taxonomies highlighting areas of difference and similarities. The comparison exercise is also getting expanded to other IPSF jurisdictions, such as Singapore. Silvia also coordinates the work of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance (PSF), an advisory body to the European Commission tasked with the further developments of the EU Taxonomy. Finally, she contributed to the implementation of the EU Taxonomy Navigator, a user-friendly website offering a series of online tools to support users in the implementation of the EU Taxonomy.

 


 

Panellists

Yvonne Zhang
Sustainability & Climate Change Leader, Risk Advisory
Deloitte Southeast Asia 

Yvonne Zhang leads the Sustainability & Climate Risk practice for Deloitte South East Asia. She has been working with corporates to unlock value in doing business sustainably. Her current focus areas include carbon trading, clean energy transition, responsible sourcing, supply chain due diligence, impact financing, public policy advisory and advocacy. 

Yvonne has more than 17 years’ experience in building and trading financial & commodities products (metals, renewables, energy, agriculture) in global banks (Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, ANZ), she led the development of commodities and digital assets at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) and founded start-ups to digitalise sustainable commodities trading and green financing. 

Yvonne holds double degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Sydney. She is the deputy chair of ISO/TC 307(Blockchain) for Singapore, an expert contributor to standards making in sustainability reporting (GRI agriculture & fishing sector standards), cross-border terms of trade (International Chamber of Commerce Digital Standards Initiative) and a teaching fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

 

Andrew Chew
Director
ING Bank N.V.

Andrew is a director in ING Bank N.V. based out of Singapore, responsible for originating and structuring sustainable finance transactions across financial products such as loans, bonds and financial derivatives.

In his current role, he engages both corporate and financial institutions clients across APAC on why and how to incorporate sustainability into the conventional financial instruments ING extends.

Before joining ING in 2016, he worked in Standard Chartered Bank, looking after the bank’s relationships with asset managers and hedge funds. Prior to that he spent 8 years in various roles, first as an equity derivatives trader and later, as a fixed income salesperson. His financial markets roles spanned both Hong Kong and Singapore, for firms including JP
Morgan and Nomura.

Andrew has close to 17 years of banking and financial markets experience and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in the USA. His views are regularly sought after in panel discussions and interviews.

 

Sylvia Chen
Head of ESG, South Asia
Amundi

Sylvia Chen is Amundi’s Head of ESG, South Asia, based in Singapore. She reports to Caroline Le Meaux, Global Head of ESG Research, Engagement and Voting. She contributes to ESG research and engagement efforts and covers topics from green, social, and sustainability bond investing and energy transition. She also has a particular focus on Asia where she plays a key role in Singapore’s green and transition taxonomy and Asian investor engagement programs.

Before joining Amundi in 2021, she worked for BNP Paribas and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) in fixed income capital markets, where she helped to establish OCBC’s sustainability bond framework. Sylvia has a Master in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of British Columbia.

 


 

Moderator

Pierre Maria
Co-Chair of the Financial Services Committee, EuroCham
Senior Treasury Officer, Swiss Re

Pierre is a seasoned finance professional in the insurance industry across Asia and Europe. He has lead the implementation of performance management frameworks, Solvency II, M&A and IFRS 17. His current role at Swiss Re focuses on managing the capital & liquidity of Swiss Re Asia entities and funding structured transactions.

Pierre Holds a master degree in Management from SKEMA business school and co-chair of the Financial Committee of European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

 


Registration Guidelines –

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Step 1: Register below. You will receive a registration confirmation email from EuroCham once it has been approved.

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Thank you for your understanding.

Kindly note that there are limited seats available, registration is binding and payment is non-refundable. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof


POST EVENT

On 26 Oct, we hosted a webinar on the latest developments in the EU Taxonomy. Thank you to our distinguished speakers and panellists, Silvia De Iacovo (DG FISMA, European Commission), yvonne zhang (Deloitte Southeast Asia), Andrew Chew (ING Bank), Sylvia Chen (Amundi) for their invaluable insights. Thank you to Pierre Maria for moderating the panel discussion.

We delved into the core elements of the EU Taxonomy and its objectives. Silvia and her team have developed the “EU Taxonomy Navigator”, a user-friendly guide, alongside the “EU Taxonomy Calculator” to assist with reporting obligations. Explore these tools here: https://buff.ly/474Bq6V

Our discussions covered the practical applications of the Taxonomy, as well as the benefits and challenges the CSRD presents for corporates and the SFRD for financial institutions. We took a deep dive into the enhancement of interoperability standards, which the EU has initiated to foster dialogue with the IMF, aiming to improve standard interoperability. We also explored Singapore’s Green Industry Task Force initiatives to establish Singapore as the premier financial hub for green and sustainable finance in Asia. Key topics included the market impact, issues of greenwashing, and the term “greenium”.

This is just the beginning. As Singapore’s taxonomy is set to be released soon and with ongoing efforts and discussions between jurisdictions, our series will continue to explore the evolving landscape, emphasizing the push for a common ground taxonomy.