Sustainable Finance – An Overview of EU Policy and Upcoming Legislative Proposals

On Wednesday, 16th December we will have Laura Heuston, Director and Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks. The purpose of the event is to give an overview of our global sustainable development challenges and the significant role that the financial services sector can play in solving those challenges, concluding with an overview of recent developments in EU policy on sustainable finance.

There is a commonly held perception in the financial sector that sustainability has nothing to do with finance. This perception could not be more wrong. In fact, the financial sector is one of the key actors that can make a difference to achieving our sustainable development goals. This is because, as we all know, nothing will happen without money… and the investment required for our global sustainable infrastructure and innovation needs are huge.

Sustainable finance is a key focus of EU policy and the EU is proposing legislative and regulatory changes that will be of relevance for compliance officers across the financial services sector. This seminar will be an opportunity to get an overview of those proposals but also to get an understanding of the real-world challenges that have resulted in the need for those proposals.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. An overview of global sustainable development challenges, and how the world has come together to address these challenges
  2. An understanding of the role of finance in achieving those goals, i.e. the increasing focus on the concept of Sustainable Finance
  3. An overview of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the current status of implementation


Title: Sustainable Finance – An Overview of EU Policy and Upcoming Legislative Proposals
Date: Wednesday, 16th December, 2020
Speaker: Laura Heuston, Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks
Venue: Webinar
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
CPD: 1 Hour LCOI and FCOI (Compliance)
Fee: €25 members, €35 non-members



Laura Heuston, Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks

Laura is a Co-Founder of SustainabilityWorks, a boutique sustainability consulting firm that offers a unique blend of skills and experience across sustainability strategy, finance, policy and communications. I advise and speak on a broad range of sustainable finance topics, with a particular specialism in responsible investment, impact investment, renewable energy finance and energy efficiency finance. As a Chartered Tax Adviser, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and having completed a law degree, Laura has a broad span of professional experience. While in KPMG and Airtricity, Laura specialised in working with corporates and asset managers in the renewable energy and energy efficiency finance sectors, advising on transaction structures for national and international mergers, acquisitions, disposals, fundraising and other transactions. An experienced and passionate results-focussed professional, Laura is a strategic thinker with great communication and relationship-building skills.


12/16/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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