"Emerging Green Technologies and Industries: Which Offer The Best Financial and Environmental Returns?"
Tuesday 11th November, 2008
Haberdashers' Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London
Hosted by Earthwatch in association with UKSIF
The popularity of socially and environmentally responsible investment has grown steadily over the past decade. For investment managers keen to spot the next promising green investment opportunity, a key question is, "Which ones offer the best financial and environmental returns?"
Earthwatch, in association with UKSIF, is bringing together three distinguished experts to debate the following emerging or topical green investment opportunities: ecosystem services, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Each speaker will face the challenge of presenting to a panel of leading City investment specialists, justifying why their respective technology or market would offer the best financial returns and environmental benefits. The panel will have the opportunity to cross-examine each speaker in turn, asking questions and exploring the economic and environmental relevance of the issue being addressed.
After all three presentations, Penny Shepherd MBE will sum up the risks and rewards of each green investment opportunity - and ask the audience to cast the final vote. The speakers and topics are as follows:
- Professor Stuart Haszeldine: Carbon Capture and Storage - How investment in CCS technologies could play a crucial role in enabling the UK to meet its carbon emissions targets.
- Annelisa Grigg: Ecosystem Services - How a market might be developed for ecosystem services - those services that natural systems provide to society, such as water filtration, insect pollination and flood control.
- Professor Vivian Moses: Genetically Modified Organisms - How GMOs might mitigate food scarcity, make agricultural practices less input intensive and relieve pressure on land conversion for farming.
Through the presentations, debates, and the final audience vote, attendees will learn about various green investment opportunities and their potential to address environmental problems while making money for investors. The event will also serve to inform the future direction of Earthwatch's global environmental research programme.
Penny Shepherd MBE, Chief Executive of UKSIF, will chair the event.
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