By Rhiannon Dix - June 26th, 2020
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On 8th June 2020, the GeoAsset Project at the University of Oxford, as part of the Spatial Finance Initiative, partnered with 2° Investing Initiative to host a virtual meeting on asset-level data.

Financial decision-makers face an unprecedented combination of social and environmental risks, and associated opportunities. Understanding these risks at the required level of granularity increasingly means assessing them at the asset level. As its use in investment decision-making evolves, asset-level data is increasingly found alongside satellite imagery and remote sensing data, as well as advanced artificial intelligence analytics.

This meeting took stock of the availability and use of asset level data and how it can contribute to better decision-making. It explored avenues for collaboration on driving asset-level data into the mainstream of risk and opportunity assessment. Most of all, the meeting was a lively forum for discussion, debate and learning for actors across the finance, research and policy spectrum, ranging from investment professionals, to data scientists, to government departments.

Please see here for the full event programme.

An event report is currently being prepared.

Agenda:

10:00-10:30 Introduction and Welcome

10:30-11:30 Showcase: Asset-level data for financial analysis and decision-making

  • Utilisation rates and asset economics – Matt Gray, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Asset-level physical risk analysis and its integration into ESG – Caroline Sundin, MSCI
  • Asset-level data for equities analysis – Karl Mallon, XDI

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion: Curating, using and publishing asset-level data

  • Josh Gilbert, Co-Founder and CEO, Sust Global
  • Darius Nassiry, Senior Advisor, Climate Finance Advisors
  • Jamie Armour, Policy Advisor, Green Finance, UK BEIS
  • Lisa Wong, Partner, Verification and Impact, Affirmative Investment Management
  • Matthew Wright, Analyst, Impax Asset Management

12:30-13:30 Parallel Sessions 1: Sector-specific challenges and solutions

Session 1A: Heavy industry, transport and linear assets

  • Christophe Christiaen, Sustainable Finance Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Léonie Chatain, Senior Analyst, Climate Risk, Four Twenty Seven
  • Dirk Röttgers, Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Matthew McCarten, Spatial Finance Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme
  • Susanne Schmitt, Nature and Spatial Finance Lead, WWF-UK

Session 1B: Agriculture and forestry

  • Jakob Thomä, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Clarisse Simonek, Head of Responsible Investment, Ossiam
  • Catherine Marshall, Principal Consultant, RealAlts
  • Albert Boogard, Head of Innovation, Rabo Foundation
  • Alexander Gillett, CEO, HowGood

13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions 2: Methodologies and applications for asset-level data

Session 2A: Machine learning, AI and asset-level data

  • Nataliya Tkachenko, Research Associate, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme
  • Scott Wiechenthal, Assistant Professor, McGill University
  • Beth Burks, Associate Director, S&P Global Ratings
  • Christian Lelong, Director, Natural Resources, Kayrros
  • Jackson Hoffart, Analyst, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Gabriel Thoumi, Director, Planet Tracker

Session 2B: Measuring and understanding risk

  • Madison Condon, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Law
  • Ellie Mulholland, Director, Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative
  • Luke Wakeling, Climate Risk Consultant, Baringa Partners
  • Harun Dogo, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
  • Dieter Wang, Consultant, World Bank
  • Noémie Klein, CEO, Asset Resolution

14:30-15:00 Plenary and report-back from session moderators

15:00-15:15 Summary and next steps

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