Eco-Business: unlocking capital for sustainability 2020

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The financial sector stands at a crossroads of change: Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the role of finance in building equitable, sustainable economies has been debated across societies. Set amid this backdrop is the rise of sustainable finance, which allocates capital with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to create long-term value. Despite the encouraging momentum however, the deployment of private capital for sustainable finance remains relatively small.  

According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, sustainable development in Asia will require US$5 trillion of investments to address complex challenges of climate change, growing inequality and rising urbanisation by 2030. How can the finance industry accelerate the responsible deployment of capital for these solutions in a rapidly growing region?

Our expert, Lau Xin Yi, will be speaking at the event.

Lau Xin Yi works as the green finance lead in the Carbon Trust Singapore office, where she is responsible for delivering and expanding the company's current portfolio of green finance work in Southeast Asia. She also supports the implementation of green finance solutions within the UK ASEAN Low Carbon Energy Programme (LCEP), under the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Prosperity Fund.

Xin Yi previously spent five years at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) focusing on environmental sustainability in the resource sector. Prior to this, Xin Yi was working at Sustainalytics where she evaluated and benchmarked the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices of public-listed companies.

Xin Yi holds a BSc in Economics with a second major in Political Science from the Singapore Management University.