April 13-15, 2021
Trillions of dollars are on the table. Low-carbon infrastructure is projected to reach $90-trillion by 2030. The current market for clean technologies is valued at $1.15-trillion. ESG investing has expanded into a $30-trillion-plus (U.S.) business.
To capitalize on this momentous opportunity during these unprecedented times, a different kind of conference is needed. Through targeted networking, curated matchmaking and outcome-oriented programming, GLOBE Capital will unlock investment, scale innovation and drive transactions and deals.
GLOBE Capital will create value for organizations today and contribute to building a more resilient tomorrow.
RESILIENT AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
By Carole Saab, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Achieving Canada’s goal of net zero by 2050 must start by creating low-carbon, resilient and inclusive cities and communities. Meeting this challenge must start at the local level, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is leading the way forward.
This means action like retrofitting buildings, investing in public transit and adopting new approaches to waste management. Through an ambitious investment by the federal government, FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is proving that Canada’s communities are where a commitment to net zero becomes real. The GMF program alone has helped municipalities avoid 2.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while creating thousands of jobs. A commitment to a net-zero Canada also means building communities that are better equipped to face the adverse impacts of climate change and natural disasters, as well as ensuring a prosperous future for the communities that produce the energy that has powered Canada’s economy to this point.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of community when dealing with adversity. By working together to invest in a net-zero future, through an equity-centred approach and guided by science, we can protect the most vulnerable among us and build better lives for all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
INDIGENOUS STEWARDSHIP ADVANCING CONSERVATION
By Christine Smith-Martin, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations
At an international scale, we have an opportunity to invest in nature-based solutions and Indigenous stewardship like the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative. Indigenous peoples have protected lands and waters the world over since time immemorial. By investing in Indigenous stewardship, we can preserve natural carbon sinks, support local employment and ensure future generations can enjoy these beautiful places.
Carbon credits purchased through the Coastal First Nations help us end destructive land use and forest management practices, protect important ecological and environmental values, and support economic self-sufficiency for First Nations.
For us, investing in a net-zero future means protecting the forests, waters and all created beings. We have one of the largest temperate rainforests in the world and an incredible opportunity and responsibility to preserve it.
INVESTING IN THE ENERGY TRANSFORMATION
By Alison Schneider, Vice-president, Responsible Investment, Alberta Investment Management Corporation
As institutional investors, we have both an opportunity and the responsibility to help shape a sustainable future for all by investing in the global energy transformation while addressing the just transition, and helping the economy remain competitive. Canada’s natural resources-based economy presents particular challenges and opportunities for meeting greenhouse gas reduction aspirations. As active managers, we also see an opportunity to engage and influence companies who seem to be behind the curve on climate-related metrics and disclosure.
In conducting climate-related scenario analysis, one of our findings was that the flip side of investment risk is opportunity – to invest in collaborative solutions in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Investors can enable the transition to the low-carbon economy through different levers: by investing in eco-efficiencies and technologies that effectively lower energy demand, in biofuels to diversify the fuel mix, in alternative energy, in carbon capture and timberlands to reduce and manage carbon, and in green bonds and the circular economy to enable market transition, all while focusing on creating the energy and transportation infrastructure of tomorrow.
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