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May 2, 2024

AI, ESG and 1.5 Degrees: UNEP FI Reports at the Frontier of Climate Risk

Hear from David Carlin, Head of Risk at the UNEP Finance Initiative, as we dive into their latest reports covering the climate risk tool landscape, the use of AI in disclosures, and 1.5 degree warming scenarios.

As the world’s leading authority on the environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (or UNEP), has a mission to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life, without compromising that of future generations. And, they recognise the critical role of the financial system in achieving this goal. Through UNEP FI – their Financial Initiative – they convene networks of banks, insurers and investors to help accelerate sustainable development, as well as manage the associated risks. 

Today’s guest is an energetic part of this network, helping financial firms tackle issues such as climate scenario analysis, climate risk assessments, and navigating the world of sustainability regulation. In this episode, we’ll explore some key insights from his work, including:

  • How the landscape of climate risk tools and analytics providers is changing, for example with the increased use of Machine learning and AI;
  • The challenges of translating the science of climate change to actionable insights for financial practitioners.
  • And our guests’ secrets for reaching 100,000 followers on LinkedIn to help drive awareness of these vitally important topics.

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Speaker’s Bio

David Carlin, Head of Risk, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI)

David and his team support financial actors across the world to develop best practices for managing environmental risks and identifying environmental opportunities.

Alongside his current role, David advises the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and is the founder of Cambium Global Solutions, which helps governments, corporations, and financial institutions address environmental challenges. Prior to his current role, David worked as a Principal in Finance, Risk, and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman.


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