Carbon Footprint Reductions by Pension Plans and Other Financial Institutions - Online

02dec5:00 pm6:30 pmCarbon Footprint Reductions by Pension Plans and Other Financial Institutions - Online

Event Details

Please join us at this year’s virtual Willis and White Memorial Lecture: Carbon Footprint Reductions by Pension Plans and Other Financial Institutions: Why, How, and When? 

This free event will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm.

Pension plans have increasingly been engaged in reporting on, and aiming to reduce, the carbon footprint of some or all of their portfolio of assets. Where the beneficiaries of the pension plan expect such action, the results can be dramatic and provide clear leadership for others. Other financial institutions are heading in the same direction. For example, the University of Toronto’s Asset Management Corp (UTAM), the entity tasked with the responsibility to manage pension and endowment assets related to the University of Toronto, plans to reduce by 2030 the carbon footprint of the investment portfolios it manages by at least 40 percent from a 2018 base.

Join us for a consideration of the advisability of such a reduction, the possibility of a dramatic increase in the pace of decarbonization, the carbon accounting for such reductions, and the related disclosure and transparency issues.


·        Roger J. Beauchemin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Addenda Capital

·        Laura Zizzo, Founder and CEO at Mantle314 Inc.

·        Chris Snyder, Director at Guidehouse, and leader of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting for Financials Secretariat for North America

For additional information on this free lecture and to register, please see the event description on Eventbrite:

The Willis & White Thought Leadership event has been held for a number of years under the auspices of the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee (EFAC). Errick “Skip” Willis was a key player at the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment in connection with environmental finance with a strong focus on climate change, and in particular, emissions trading. Rodney White was the Director of the School the Environment for a number of years, and was the co-author of books on environmental finance and carbon finance, and a driving force in the focus of University of Toronto’s School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee on those areas. It is hoped that the 2020 version of this event will continue in the tradition of past events where important issues related to environmental and carbon finance have been discussed, and the future made clearer.



(Wednesday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm(GMT-11:00)


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