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Nov 01 2021

The transition journey for the real economy: How do you get companies to transition?

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Leadership

To preserve a livable planet for future generations, we need to successfully navigate the transformation to a climate-neutral world. This ambitious goal requires a complex technological and societal transformation on an aggressive timeline. This session will explore pathways, decarbonization levers, and other steps needed to close the net zero equation.

Speakers include: Sandra Boss, Global Head of Investment Stewardship, BlackRockGiulia Chierchia, EVP Strategy Sustainability, bpEmmanuel Faber, Climate and corporate social activist, Partner at Astanor Ventures, Chairman OP2B; Simon Mundy, Moral Money Editor, Financial TimesDickon Pinner, Global co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company Virginia Simmons, Managing Partner UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company

Nov 02 2021

Solving the net zero equation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Leadership

Solving the net zero equation-financially, politically, physically, technically-will be complex, but it is feasible. While companies and countries have embraced the imperative for urgent climate action, focus needs to shift from setting goals to creating clear actionable roadmaps.

Speakers include: Michael Miebach, CEO, MastercardDaniel Pacthod, Global co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & CompanyRuth Heuss, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Vicki Hollub, President & CEO, Occidental; Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM; Roberto Marques, CEO, Natura

Nov 03 2021

Mobilizing finance

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Finance

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Financing the transition 
During this session we will explore how to facilitate an orderly transition, what the main initiatives are for reaching net zero priorities, and what challenges lie ahead.

Speakers include: Speaker includes: Bill Winters, CEO, Standard CharteredHubert Keller, Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group; Sir Howard Davies, Chair, NatWest; Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America and Chairman of the board, Bank of America Europe; Carlos Torres Vila, Chairman of the Board of Directors, BBVA and Chairman, BBVA Foundation; Cindy Levy, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Carbon as an asset class 
During this session we will explore the expected development of carbon markets, how carbon can become a new asset class, and the role finance plays

Speakers include: Tim Adams, President and CEO, Institute of International Finance; Scobie Mackay, Head of Origination, Structuring and Sales, Global Carbon, Macquarie Group; Rt.Hon. Claire O'Neill, Managing Director at WBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Mikkel Larsen, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Climate Impact X (CIX); Christopher Blaufelder, Partner, McKinsey & Company

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Financing asset decommissioning 
During this session we will explore the role finance should play for ensuring a gradual decommissioning of assets triggered by the scaling down of carbon emitting activities.

Speakers include: Paul Bodnar, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock; Keryn James, CEO, ERM; Donald Kanak, Chairman, Prudential Insurance Growth Markets and Chairman, EU-ASEAN Business Council; Keith Tuffley, Global Co-Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions group, Citi; Daniel Stephens, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nov 04 2021

Leading in the energy transition

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Energy Transition

Join us as we debate how our global energy system needs to transform to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2050, including changes to regional and country policies, technological breakthroughs, global access to finance, and business model innovations.

Speakers include: Tim Mapes, SVP and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Delta Air LinesPaddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA PowerRobin Watson, CEO, Wood PLCChantal Beck, Partner, McKinsey & CompanyHumayun Tai, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Zoë Knight, Managing Director and Centre of Sustainable Finance Group Head, HSBC

Nov 05 2021

The next wave of climate technology and innovation and green business growth

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Energy Transition

Most technologies required to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 exist. However, additional innovation and industrialization is needed to achieve the massive cost-down that enables a timely global scale-up. Join us as we discuss cost reduction pathways for new technologies and business growth, including a deep-dive panel on hydrogen and hydrogen-based technologies.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: How fast can businesses move down the cost-curve for low-carbon technologies?

Speakers include: Tomas Nauclér, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, Carbon Clean; Will Gardiner, CEO, Drax; Dr. Herbert Pohl, CEO and Founder, Deutsche ErdWärme; Andreea Constantinescu, Partner, Planet First Partners

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Focus on hydrogen: accelerating the cost-down and global scale-up of hydrogen technologies

Speakers include: Bernd Heid, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Daryl Wilson, Executive Director, Hydrogen Council; Robert Trezona, Partner, Head of Cleantech, IP Group; Roland Käppner, Executive Director, Hydrogen & Green Fuels; Louise Jacobsen Plutt, Senior Vice President, Hydrogen & CCUS, bp

Nov 06 2021

How to deliver investment in nature

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Nature

This panel will address the question of how to invest in natural assets-an essential component of the net-zero transition. Participants will debate business models, assets, scale, and geographies, from both an investor and non-financial corporate perspective. The dialogue will touch on the role of carbon markets, and the timing and growth of investment.

Speakers include: Giulio Boccaletti, Honorary Research Associate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford UniversityHuw van Steenis, Senior Advisor to the CEO, UBS; Josh Katz, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Robin Smale, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Tony Goldner, Executive Director of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD); Nessa O’Sullivan, CFO, Brambles; Nicolas Moreau, CEO, Global Asset Management, HSBC; Divya Seshamani, Managing Partner, Greensphere

Nov 08 2021

Accelerating adaptation and resilience

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Adaptation and Resilience

Less than 1 percent of the world’s population is exposed to severe heat waves today. In a world that is 2 degrees warmer, that number increases 15 times. A changing climate will affect food systems, natural capital, physical assets and infrastructure. Institutions around the world will need to accelerate resilience and adaptation measures. This panel will explore what it will take to make that happen.

Speakers include; Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director of the Resilient Cities Network; Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps; Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, The Tata Power Company Limited; Jay Koh, Managing Director and Co-Founder, The Lightsmith GroupMekala Krishnan, Partner, McKinsey & CompanyMihir Mysore, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Laura Corb, North America lead for McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nov 08 2021

Discussion on Race to Resilience

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Adaptation and Resilience

Join us as we discuss our latest research in collaboration with the Race to Resilience campaign on the humanitarian impact of a changing climate, and the role that public, private, and social sector leaders can play globally in building resilience to climate hazards.

Speakers include: Harry Bowcott, Senior Partner and leader of the Sustainability Practice in the UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company; Paulina Paz Aldunce Ide, Professor, University of Chile, and Associated Researcher, Centers CITRID and CR2; Nigel Topping, UK High Level Champion for Climate Action COP26; Mekala Krishnan, Partner, McKinsey & Company


Nov 09 2021

Financing adaptation and resilience

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Adaptation and Resilience

As climate adaptation becomes increasingly urgent for communities around the world, the need for innovative financing mechanisms increases. This panel will focus on how financial institutions and other companies need to retool themselves for this challenge, and what the best financing mechanisms of the future might look like.

Speakers include: Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Affairs; Daniel Klier, President, Arabesque Holding and CEO, Arabesque S-Ray;  Mihir Mysore, Partner, McKinsey & CompanyMekala Krishnan, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Anil Kishora , Vice President, New Development Bank; Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at LSE; Kathy Baughman McLeod, Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council

Nov 10 2021

Decarbonizing transport

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Transport

Mobility contributes around 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Not only will decarbonizing transport become critical for achieving net zero, but transport is one of the few sectors where decarbonization actually delivers a net cost savings to society. This panel will explore the momentum behind transport decarbonization.

Speakers include: Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate GroupChris Raymond, CStO, BoeingBo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon ShippingEric Hannon, Partner, McKinsey & CompanyRobin Riedel, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nov 11 2021

The decisive decade: Accelerating action for urban sustainability and resilience

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cities and Built Environment

Cities drive almost three-quarters of humanity’s emissions and are on the front lines of climate risks. To meet the decarbonization and resilience goals of the next decade, we need to make rapid changes to how we live, work, move, and play in cities. This session will address how to unlock rapid action through changes in financing approaches, institutional frameworks, and community mobilization.

Speakers include: Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor, FreetownMark Watts, Executive Director, C40Jonathan Woetzel, Senior Partner, McKinsey & CompanyBrodie Boland, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Nathalie Palladitcheff, President and CEO, Ivanhoé Cambridge

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Virginia Simmons

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company

Daniel Pacthod

Global co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Dickon Pinner

Global co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Harry Bowcott

Senior Partner and leader of the Sustainability Practice in the UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company

Mekala Krishnan

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Tomas Nauclér

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Laura Corb

North America lead for McKinsey Sustainability and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Featured Insights


How cities can adapt to climate change

– Research identifies 15 proven ways that urban areas around the world can adapt to climate risk.

A blueprint for scaling voluntary carbon markets to meet the climate challenge

– The trading of carbon credits can help companies—and the world—meet ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Here is what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action on a large scale.

How the European Union could achieve net-zero emissions at net-zero cost

– The decarbonization pathways to a net-zero Europe are countless, but not all are cost optimal. We explore one pathway that could reduce the EU’s emissions 55 percent by 2030 while delivering broad economic benefits.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take

– Decarbonizing global business at scale is achievable, but the math is daunting.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.

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