2D : Monday, May 8 : 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Green Bond Evaluation: Boosting Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility?
As Green Bonds were originally welcomed to the market with high-expectations, investments have missed initial projections and investor interest appears to be waning. Can the market be reinvigorated? What can be done to restore investor interest and confidence? Does energy efficiency evaluation illustrate the value investors want to see?
Ben Hulac
Business and Finance Reporter, ClimateWire
Ben is a business and finance reporter for ClimateWire. He writes about the intersection of money and climate change. Ben is chronicling how world governments and private-sector institutions are reacting, swiftly or sluggishly, to the economic ramifications of global warming. He graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 and Columbia Journalism School in 2014.
Ken Locklin
Director, Impax Asset Management
Mr. Locklin is a senior investment executive with 30 years of finance experience, and a 20 year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment, development, management, and finance. Mr. Locklin currently serves as a Director for Impax Asset Management. Impax manages ~$5 billion of public and private equity investments for major institutional clients around the world. With more than a decade and a half of experience, it is the global investment leader in the FTSE-tracked environmental sector, investing in clean energy, resource recovery/recycling, and water processing/distribution. Mr. Locklin also provides strategic consulting services to nationally known organizations seeking to expand their activities in climate solutions investment. Previously, Mr. Locklin was the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG), the private organization which supports and advises clean energy investment efforts worldwide. CEG also works with the NGO Ceres to advise the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which brings together leading pensions and institutional investors committed to pursuing low carbon investment. Mr. Locklin also acted as a founding member of the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund management team, the innovative clean energy venture capital investment vehicle launched in 2004. He also advised early stage clean energy technology companies on their development and planning. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Locklin was a Partner with EIF Group, the oldest and largest power investment management firm in the U.S. Mr. Locklin worked with EIF’s Clean Energy investment interests across all its investment funds. Mr. Locklin is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is also a founding Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street, the world’s largest renewable energy investment conference. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Henry Shilling
Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service
Henry oversees Moody’s Green Bonds Assessment initiative, which involved the launch and implementation in 2016 of a methodology for assessing green bonds world-wide. Henry conducts research on ESG topics generally and publishes periodic commentary on the green bonds market. He has also been engaged in coordinating Moody’s efforts focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, their impact on credit ratings, related research, as well as outreach and product development. With Moody’s since 1992, Henry played a leading role during his tenure in the development of the Managed Investments Group. Henry is the author of The International Guide to Securities Market Indices which was published in 1996 by International Publishing Corp., Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributor to Money Market Funds in the EU and the US, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He earned a B.A. in economics from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1971.