SFF Replay 2022


Welcome to the 7th Edition of the
BNP Paribas Sustainable Future Forum !

The BNP Paribas Sustainable Future Forum Global Livestream show was broadcast live on Wednesday 18 October 2022. The event gathered insights and perspectives from over 160 sustainability experts based in 16 countries across the globe, and saw over 1800 registered delegates tune in across the three time zones.

Views from our speakers – including corporate and institutional clients, policymakers, startups, academia and our own BNP Paribas experts – covered a number of critical transition themes, including:

  • Net zero transition levers, including technology, energy efficiency solutions, regulation and the public sector, and leadership,
  • CleanTech solutions and the role of the start-up ecosystem in driving innovation,
  • Biodiversity and nature-based solutions, in the context of the upcoming COP15.

We are delighted to have the full programme available on-demand here for you; please browse the videos below.

We hope you enjoy the replays!

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Welcome from Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas

  • Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas
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Singapore | Keynote

Singapore’s transition to a low carbon future

  • Minister Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, Singapore Government

A keynote address by Senior Minister of State Amy Khor, highlighting the proactive role that the Singapore Government is taking to drive the transition necessary to combat global warming under the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

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Net Zero Transition Perspectives

Northern Lights Carbon Transport and Storage

  • Elise Roc, Business Development, Northern Lights

The Northern Lights project – a JV between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies – is developing the world’s first open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure and establishing a new market in the transport and storage of CO2 as a service. Elise Roc, Business Development, Northern Lights discusses the role of CO2 capture and storage important in the transition to a low carbon economy, how the technology works, and the importance of partnerships in driving the sector forward.

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Paris | Keynote

Supply, energy and geopolitics: towards an expanded risk map

  • William De Vijlder, Group Chief Economist, BNP Paribas

A keynote with the BNP Paribas Group Chief Economist, William de Vijlder, who will discuss the current supply, energy and geopolitical landscape as levers to an expanded risk map.

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Sydney | Keynote

Australia's transition towards a low emissions future

  • Ian Learmonth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

In this session live from Sydney, we hear from Ian Learmonth, CEO of Clean Energy Finance Corporation, an Australian Government owned green bank, who shares his insights gained from 10 years of direct investments to support Australia’s transition towards a low emissions future.

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Global perspectives: Scaling up circular fashion

  • Patrik Lundström, Chief Executive Officer, Renewcell
  • Pascal Brun, Global Sustainability Manager, H&M
  • Nalini Bonnier, Managing Director, Head of Nordic Family Offices and Entrepreneurs, BNP Paribas

The footprint of the fashion industry is a key sector to address when it comes to the transition towards net zero. Scaling up circular economy is vital, as currently less than 1% of all materials used in clothing are re-cycled back into the textile industry. How are leading brands across retail and the supply chain addressing circularity, materials innovation and policy dynamics in the push to create a greener industry? Hear from leading sustainability experts at H&M and Renewcell as they share valuable practical insights with Nalini Bonnier, Managing Director, Head of Nordic Family Offices and Entrepreneurs at BNP Paribas.

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Net Zero Transition Perspectives

Michelin on participative innovation & employee empowerment

  • Nicolas Beaumont, Head of Sustainable Development, Michelin

In this corporate deep dive, Michelin’s Head of Sustainable Development, Nicolas Beaumont, discuss the role of mobilising employees in corporate’s transition efforts, and how the Michelin Group – a global leader in tires for all forms of mobility – is putting employee engagement and participative innovation at the heart of its sustainability strategy.

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Zurich | Panel

Embracing sustainability in one’s financing strategy

  • Géraldine Picaud, Chief Financial Officer, Holcim
  • Patrick Huber, Chairman, H2 Energy
  • Martin Weymann, Group Head Sustainability, Swiss Ré
  • Carmela Mondino, Head of ESG & Sustainability, PartnersGroup
  • Enna Pariset, Head of Territory for Switzerland and CEO CIB Switzerland, BNP Paribas

Zurich joined our global livestream show with a panel dedicated to finance embracing sustainability in Switzerland.

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Singapore | Fireside Chat

In conversation with the Monetary Authority of Singapore: embracing innovation and technology to achieve material business results

  • Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer, MAS
  • Antoine Gustin, Head of Corporate Coverage Asia Pacific – Global Banking APAC, BNP Paribas

As one of the APAC region’s leading regulators, we take a closer look at the role of the Monetary Authority of Singapore in spearheading the transition. Dr Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer for MAS and UNSDG Pioneer for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, will draw on her passion for innovation and technology and share how digital traceability and blockchain are informing the role of the regulator in achieving material results.

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Madrid | Fireside Chat

A toolbox to reach net zero: technology, regulation and renewables

  • Helena Viñes Fiestas, Commissioner of the Spanish Financial Markets Authority, Rapporteur of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance
  • Roberto Fernandez Albendea, Effective Member of the Sustainability Committee of Neoenergia and Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Iberdrola; Member of TEG

In this session from Madrid, guest speakers discuss the range of tools at our disposal to reach net zero by mid-century. This ranges from the role of regulatory bodies and tools – such as the EU Taxonomy – to how we can leverage renewables and technological innovation to transition away from fossil fuels.

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London | Panel

Accelerating Clean Tech

  • Gerard Grech, Chief executive of Tech Nation
  • Isabelle Gough, CEO & Co-Founder, Cercula
  • Gavin Laidlaw, Chief Commercial Officer, Signol
  • Kelly Price, Co-Founder & CEO Agreed Earth
  • Bianca Chambers, VP, Innovative Corporate Clients, Corporate Coverage, BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas and Tech Nation delve into the Net Zero 3.0 programme which supports scale ups to accelerate the transition to net zero. The panel – which features several cohort founders – covers the importance of collaboration between corporates and startups, focusing on levers across the construction, agritech and carbon intensive industry sectors.

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Milan | Panel

Italy’s transition: energy security, hydrogen and the role of the steel industry

  • Emma Marcegaglia, Chairman Marcegaglia Holding and CEO Marcegaglia Steel
  • Stefano Venier, CEO, Snam SpA
  • Vittorio Ogliengo, Executive Chairman, BNP Paribas CIB and Deputy General Manager, BNL

The Milan leg of SFF focus on the Italian transition and key themes on the journey towards meeting Italian and European GHG emission reduction targets, as per the Fit for 55 package, which sets out the EU’s ambition to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030. What does energy transition mean for the gas transportation and steel sectors? Could the replacement of natural gas with hydrogen play a role? And how will this impact energy security? Join our guests to discuss Italy’s transition.

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Brussels | Keynote

How is the EU contributing to the full deployment of green hydrogen?

  • Carla Benauge, Hydrogen and Innovation Policy Officer, EU Commission (DG CLIMA)

Under the European Green Deal, hydrogen has been identified as an important lever in ensuring clean, affordable and secure energy towards a low carbon economy.  How is the EU contributing to boost green hydrogen deployment? We hear from Carla Benauge – Hydrogen and Innovation Policy Officer at the EU Commission (DG CLIMA).

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Frankfurt | Panel

Germany’s energy transition: journey towards a green hydrogen economy

  • Markus Exenberger, Executive Director, H2Global Foundation, and Managing Director, H2Global Advisory GmbH
  • Simon Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer, ENERTRAG SE
  • Jérôme Ponrouch, Head of Company Engagement – Sustainability CIB Middle East and Africa, BNP Paribas Bahrain
  • Eva Meyer, Chief Sustainable Officer & Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas Germany

Under Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy, launched in 2020, green hydrogen is set to play a critical role in decarbonising Germany’s economy. With hydrogen demand expected to increase significantly over the next decade, challenges remain to rapidly scale up supply, which will rely significantly on imports from abroad.

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Brussels | Panel

Green hydrogen: the strategic role of Belgium as a hub in Western Europe

  • Carla Benauge, Hydrogen and Innovation Policy Officer, EU Commission (DG CLIMA)
  • Herbert Jost, General Manager Hydrogen, DEME
  • Christa Sys, Professor at University of Antwerp & holder BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports
  • Eric Gosseye, Energy Solution Architect and Partnership Manager, ENGIE
  • Hendrik Deboutte, Energy, Resources & Infrastructure, BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Valerie Thys, Moderator & Sustainability Expert

Following our keynote address from Carla Benauge of the EU Commission, we continue to explore how is the EU contributing to green hydrogen deployment and Belgium’s role as an industrial hub in Western Europe. Join leading experts who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of building a green hydrogen economy through the policy lens, including infrastructure, transport, and more.

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Amsterdam | Keynote

Dilemmas in today’s boardrooms

  • Feike Sijbesma, Honorary Chair Royal DSM (former CEO), Chair Royal Philips Board Unilever & Board Dutch Central Bank, Board WEF – Co Chair CEO Climate Leaders
  • Ruud Koornstra, Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands & SGD 7 Coordinator

Sustainability has become a boardroom priority as well as a dilemma; it concerns the strategic agendas of international corporates, institutional investors and family offices. Challenges include balancing long-term value creation with achieving short-term results, how to monitor and manage unethical behavior upstream or downstream the value chain, and how to turn sustainability into a competitive differentiator that also brings value to society.

Amsterdam’s key note speaker, Feike Sijbesma shares his vision from his own unique experiences in roles including CEO of DSM, co-chair of the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders and as Supervisory Board Member of Philips and Unilever. He dives into some of today’s boardroom dilemmas and explores the critical game changers needed to tackle climate challenge.

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Net Zero Transition Perspectives

OECD driving gender diversity

  • Bathylle Missika, Head of Division – Networks, Partnerships and Gender, OECD Development Centre

Bathylle Missika, Head of Division for the OECD Development Centre, talks about gender diversity within companies as a systemic issue, including barriers to female participation and career development the workplace, corporate policies to promote gender equality, and concepts of masculinity.

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Amsterdam | Panel

How bright is the future of clean mobility?

  • Lex Hoefsloot, CEO, Lightyear
  • Jeanine Tijhaar, CFO, Eneco
  • Michiel Langezaal, CEO, Fastned
  • Ruud Koornstra, Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands & SGD 7 Coordinator

The discussion, live from Amsterdam and moderated by Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands & SGD 7 Coordinator, Ruud Koornstra, focus on renewable energy, the need for clean mobility, renewable- powered grids and the potential, technology and scalability of solar powered EVs. We will hear from leading experts including Lex Hoefsloot, CEO Lightyear, Jeanine Tijhaar, CFO, Eneco and Michiel Langezaal, CEO, Fastned.

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Paris | Panel

Startups for climate: BNP Paribas Solar Impulse Venture Fund

  • Laura Wirsztel, Partner BNP Paribas Solar Impulse Venture Fund
  • Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
  • Matthieu Soulé, Head of BNP Paribas C.Lab Americas

This panel looks at the role of both collaboration and innovation in tackling the climate crisis, with a deep dive into cleantech partnerships and the vital role of startups in bringing new and innovative solutions to the fore. It also explores BNP Paribas’ support of the startup ecosystem, and partnership with the Solar Impulse Foundation.

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London | Panel

Net zero roadmaps

  • Dr. Nina Seega, Research Director for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Tony Battle, Chief Information Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Alistair Dormer, Chairman, Hitachi Europe
  • Delphine Queniart, Head of Sustainable Finance Client Engagement, BNP Paribas Global Markets

Deep dive into corporate sector roadmaps towards net zero, hearing from experts across automotives, energy and industrials, and academia. Our speakers from Hitachi, Jaguar Land Rover and Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership will share their perspectives on transition strategies, challenges and innovation drivers and enablers.

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Tokyo | Keynote

Navigating the transition: Japan’s approach to carbon neutrality

  • Yojiro Hatakeyama, Director-General, Industrial Science & Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

By the end of 2022, the Japanese government is expected to draw up a 10-year roadmap to bring about major Green Transformation (GX) of all industry sectors. Sustainable finance will play an increasingly important role in achieving Japan’s bold energy policy and plans to transition to a greener economy.

We hear from Yojiro Hatakeyama, Director-General, Industrial Science & Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities on Japan’s road to net zero.

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Paris | Panel

Regulation towards a net zero world: the view from corporates and investors

  • Yann Duvaud Schelnast, Head of Sustainable Investment, Innovation and Governance, Allianz France
  • Virginie Gatin, Group Executive VP Social & Environmental Responsibility, Legrand
  • Rebecca Ogg, Sustainable Investing Analyst, Fidelity International
  • Maxence Rousson, ESG Research Analyst, BNP Paribas Exane
  • Jeanne Aing, Head of CIB Regulatory Anticipation, BNP Paribas CIB

In this session, expert speakers discuss the role of regulation in accelerating the transition to a net zero world and explore the relevance and development of key initiatives such as the EU Taxonomy. The panel also looks at the importance of transparency and risk mitigation.

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Paris | Keynote

Global Perspectives: Strategy and challenges behind the UN’s Net-Zero Insurance Alliance – what are the next steps?

  • Renaud Guidée, Group Chief Risk Officer, AXA

The UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance is a group of over 29 leading insurers who have committed to transition their insurance and reinsurance underwriting portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. In this session keynote speaker Renaud Guidée, Group Chief Risk Officer, AXA, discusses some of the key challenges and opportunities for the alliance, including the embedding of sustainability within insurance underwriting, and the tools and frameworks to be developed and implemented for the industry in the coming years.

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Lisbon | Panel

The role of oceans in meeting the Paris Agreement: conservation, restauration and financing needs

  • Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO, Fundação Oceano Azul
  • Isabel Ucha, CEO, Euronext Lisboa
  • Teresa Canto Noronha, Journalist, SIC and SIC Notícias

Our oceans have the potential to meet many of the huge challenges facing the planet, from climate change to energy and food security, and medical care. However, our ocean ecosystems are threatened by over-exploitation, pollution, and biodiversity loss. In this session, expert speakers based in Lisbon discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Blue Economy, the critical transformation needed from marine-related businesses towards long-term sustainability, and the investment required to do so.

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London | Fireside chat

GFI Nature Insights

  • Helen Avery, Nature Lead, Green Finance Institute (GFI)
  • Sumati Semavoine-Jain, Sustainability Research Analyst, BNP Paribas Markets 360

Our sustainability research analyst Sumati Semavoine-Jain speaks to GFI nature expert Helen Avery on the importance of valuing nature, challenges and drivers in scaling up nature based solutions and the road ahead for private capital in tackling biodiversity issues.

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Abu Dhabi | Fireside chat

Air Liquide and the sustainable transition to a low-carbon future in MEA 

  • Ronald Chalmers, Vice President Africa, Middle East and India, Air Liquide
  • Vincent Prot, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance MEA, BNP Paribas

In conversation with Ronnie Chalmers, Vice President Africa, Middle East & India, Air Liquide. Ronnie talks to BNP Paribas’ Vincent Prot about Air Liquide’s sustainability journey, both as a net zero-committed company and change maker providing sustainable solutions for transition to a low-carbon economy.

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New York | Fireside chat

US Inflation Reduction Act 

  • Ravina Advani, Head of Energy Natural Resources & Renewables, BNP Paribas
  • Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, BloombergNEF

The US is moving swiftly with companies and investors embracing renewables and clean technology to accelerate the economy towards net-zero.  The Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant piece of climate legislation ever passed in the United States, marking a massive investment in clean energy and decarbonisation across every aspect of the economy. In this fireside chat live from New York, we hear from leading experts on its implications and opportunities.

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São Paulo | Fireside chat

How Science-Based Targets (SBTs) drive action and ambition

  • Luiz Amaral, PhD CEO, The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
  • Katerina Elias Trostmann, Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance, BNP Paribas Brazil

There is no silver bullet to the climate crisis; a range of tools need to be leveraged, of which Science- Based Targets (SBTs) are crucial. The Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) helps companies align their strategies with the Paris Agreement and strengthen their transitions to net zero, based on evidence. In conversation with SBTi CEO Luiz Amaral, we explore the pace of decarbonisation, what lies ahead for the most difficult to abate emissions, and how leaders can leverage climate science into their decision making to increase ambition.

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Closing Remarks by Constance Chalchat, Head of CIB Company Engagement & Global Markets Chief Sustainability Officer, BNP Paribas

  • Constance Chalchat, Head of CIB Company Engagement & Global Markets Chief Sustainability Officer, BNP Paribas
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