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Sustainable Finance Initiative Expert Voices: Mathias Lund Larsen

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January 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Shriram Center, Room 052 & Tea Room

Open to all students, faculty and researchers of the Stanford community. RSVP requested but not required to attend. Reception to follow in the Tea Room at 5:00 pm.

Contact Email: 
ktaflanc@stanford.edu

Current State of Play: Green Finance in China

In the global exploration of Green finance, through both securities (Green Bonds) and bank lending, China has emerged as the leading figure. Nevertheless, questions of what investments count as Green, the character and effectiveness of incentives, transparency of the quality of the flows to investors and policy makers, impacts on the availability and costs of capital, and the broader economic and financial impacts of these funds call for attention and analysis. The new Stanford Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI), working with Climate Policy Initiative, the World Bank Group and Chinese partners is initiating research in the empirical development of China’s Green Finance system and analysis of the multiple dimensions of its performance.

Mathias Lund Larsen, a coordinating researcher at the International Institute for Green Finance (IIGF) within the Central University of Economics and Finance (Beijing) will be a Visiting Scholar at SFI and the Precourt Institute from January 15–25. IIGF has emerged as a leading actor in the design, implementation, and regulation of the Green Finance regime, with important research activities in the compliance and practice of ESG rankings in Green Bonds and Green Banking. Mr. Lund Larsen will present an introduction to the current state of play and aspirations for ongoing evolution of the Chinese system. He will also be available for one-on-one discussions with Stanford students and faculty, with special focus on individuals at graduate and post-doctoral levels who may have interests in participation in this new SFI research program in Beijing and Stanford.