WRI-UNEP FI Carbon Asset Risk Discussion Framework

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 or Thursday, August 27/Friday August 28, 2015 

10 AM | Eastern Daylight Time ( 4 PM | CET) or 7 PM | Eastern Daylight Time (4 PM Pacific time)/ 9 AM Australia Eastern Time

This webinar, hosted by the World Research Institute and The United Nations Environment Program, will be a discussion of how financial institutions can measure and manage exposure to carbon asset risk and will coincide with the public release of the Carbon Asset Risk Discussion Framework, a highly-anticipated resource for financial institutions.

Climate change is quickly altering the landscape of risks that companies and their financial institutions face. Beyond the physical risks associated with changing weather patterns, climate change poses risks related to non-physical factors:

  • Changing public policy and private sector regulation
  • Rapidly evolving technologies
  • Unpredictable economic markets
  • Shifting public opinion

When these risks are transferred to investors, this is called carbon asset risk. Understanding how carbon asset risks will affect the financial sector can help financial institutions to more smoothly and effectively transition to the low-carbon economy.

The Objective of this webinar is to Provide finance and investment professionals with a platform to learn about the latest research and thinking on the integration of carbon risk into financial and investment analysis and to generate dialogue and create shared understanding on approaches to manage carbon risk. 


  • Chris Weber, Portfolio Carbon Initiative Coordinator, WRI/UNEP FI/2° Investing Initiative
  • Mark Fulton, Founder, Energy Transition Advisors and consultant to the World Resources Institute on the framework
  • Marisa Buchanan, Vice President, Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and technical working group chair


  • Karsten Löffler, Managing Director at Allianz Climate Solutions GmbH and Chair of UNEPFI's Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG)
    August 26 webinar only
  • Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk at National Australia Bank 
    August 27/28 webinar only

The Webinar will be held twice to accommodate participants from different time zones.

  • August 26, 2015 at 10 AM Eastern Time (US)/4 PM CET – Register here.
  • August 27, 2015 at 7 PM Eastern Time (US)/4 pm Pacific Time (US)/August 28, 2015 at 9 AM Australia Eastern Time – Register here.


Speaker Bios:

Mark Fulton, Founder, Energy Transition Advisors 

Mark is the Founding Partner of Energy Transition Advisors, a new consultancy started in 2014. He is a consultant to the World Resources Institute on the Framework. Mark Fulton has had 35 years of experience in financial markets spanning three continents in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognized economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup, Salomon Bros and County NatWest, he has researched international economies, currencies, fixed income and equity markets. Mark has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles.

Mark has a BA in Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Marisa Buchanan, Vice President, Sustainable Finance

Marisa joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2012 as a Vice President in the Sustainable Finance group. She plays an integral role in the group’s efforts to develop environmental guidance for the business, engage with clients to manage environmental and social risks and strengthen performance, identify and develop environmentally-focused opportunities, and maintain ongoing dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders including environmental organizations and investors. Marisa has over 14 years of experience working on environmental and energy issues in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Marisa received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.   
Chris Weber, Portfolio Carbon Initiative Coordinator, WRI/UNEP FI/2° Investing Initiative

Christopher Weber is a consulting researcher at the World Resources Institute (WRI), UNEP Finance Initiative and 2° Investing Initiative, where he conducts research and develops guidance on climate-related metrics for the financial and other sectors. Previously Dr. Weber conducted research for the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, where he advised Federal science & technology agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on energy, climate, and innovation issues.

Christopher has a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and MS from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS from the University of Iowa.


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