Summit Partner


Bloomberg Blk

2016 Summit Conveners
Christiana Figueres
Executive Secretary, UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change


John Chiang
California State Treasurer


Janet Cowell
North Carolina State Treasurer


Thomas P. DiNapoli
New York State Comptroller


Jack Ehnes
CEO, California State Teachers’
Retirement System


Tim Eichenberg
New Mexico State Treasurer


Deborah Goldberg
Massachusetts State Treasurer


Mary Kay Henry
President, Service Employees
International Union


Nancy K. Kopp
Maryland State Treasurer


Donald McDonald
Chair, Institutional Investors
Group on Climate Change


Seth Magaziner
Rhode Island State Treasurer


James L. McIntire
Washington State Treasurer


Denise L. Nappier
Connecticut State Treasurer

Elizabeth Pearce
Vermont State Treasurer


Frank Pegan
Chair, Investor Group
on Climate Change


Anne Stausboll
CEO, California Public
Employees’ Retirement System


Scott Stringer
New York City Comptroller


Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO


Betty Yee
California State Controller
You are here: Home Investor Network Investor Summit on Climate Risk 2014 Investor Summit
Document Actions
  • Print this
  • Email this page

2014 Investor Summit

Tackling climate change and transitioning to clean energy are the greatest economic challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Hundreds of leading global investors gathered at the United Nations Headquarters on January 15, 2014, for the 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk to understand the investment and policy solutions necessary to address the climate challenge.

Tackling climate change and transitioning to clean energy are the greatest economic challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, more than 500 global financial leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss the growing urgency of climate change and investor actions that are needed to mitigate escalating economic risks.

Part 1 of the Summit:

Part 2 of the Summit:

Summit Press Conference:

The all-day gathering included key players in the climate debate, including:

  • Christiana Figueres, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Tom Steyer, Farallon Capital Management
  • Nick Robins, HSBC
  • Robert E. Rubin, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
  • Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • Timothy E. Wirth, UN Foundation

Click here to view the agenda and complete list of speakers.

Summit Photos

Unlocking the Low-Carbon Economy

At the 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk, investors:

  • Explored the latest climate science trends and their implications for investment portfolios;
  • Learned about innovations in financing mechanisms for scaling climate and energy solutions, including energy efficiency, clean technology, and green infrastructure investment;
  • Discussed the financial community’s role in supporting strong, comprehensive climate and energy policies domestically and internationally; and
  • Identified actionable opportunities to invest profitably in climate and clean energy solutions.

Climate Risk & Energy Opportunities

As atmospheric CO2 concentrations reach 400 ppm and extreme weather events proliferate, climate change is posing growing risks to economies and investments.

In 2010, governments agreed to reduce emissions enough to hold the increase in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius. To achieve this goal, $36 trillion in global investment in clean energy will be required by 2050, according to a 2012 International Energy Agency report. This means the world needs to invest an average of $1 trillion per year in clean energy for the next 36 years to avoid climate catastrophe.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that global investment in clean energy in 2012 was $281 billion – far short of what is needed. There is a massive clean energy investment gap. Closing it will require action from investors, businesses, policymakers, and others.


Summit Audience 2The biennial Investor Summit on Climate Risk is the preeminent forum for leading global investors to discuss the implications of climate change for capital markets and their portfolios. The first event, held in 2003, launched the Investor Network on Climate Risk and catapulted the term “climate risk” into the international spotlight.

2014 Summit Attendees

2 degrees investing
A.M. Best Company
ABB Technology Ventures
African Development Bank
AIG Investments
Allen & Company Investment Advisors
Amalgamated Bank LongView Funds
Ardsley Partners
Arjuna Capital
As You Sow
AV Advisors
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barr Foundation
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Bayern LB
Bernard F. & Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
BlackRock, Inc.
Bloomberg LP
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Bloomberg News
Bloomberg Philanthropies
blue moon fund
Blue Star Capital, LLC
Boston Common Asset Management
Boston Globe
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Brown Advisory
Brown-Forman Corporation
Business Manager
California Public Employees' Retirement System
California State Teachers' Retirement System
California State Treasurer's Office
Callan Associates
Calvert Investments
Cambridge Associates
Capital Dynamics
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carbon Tracker Initiative
CCLA Investment Management
Centre for European Policy Studies
CES Global
Churchgate Capital Management
ClearBridge Investments
Climate Advisers
Climate Bonds Initiative
Climate Central
Climate Change Capital
Climate Desk
Climate Policy Institute
COFRA Holding AG
Columbia University
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Con Edison
Connecticut Office of the State Treasurer
Cornerstone Capital Inc.
Council of Institutional Investors
Council on Foreign Relations
Crayna Capital, LLC
Davis Bateson Group
DBL Investors
DendriFund, Inc./Brown-Forman Corporation
Denny Family Partners
Department of Energy
Designing Sustainability
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
Deutsche Bank
Domini Social Investments
Earth Experience LLC
Educational Foundation of America
EKO Asset Management Partners
Empirical Asset Management
Energy Transition Advisors
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Resources Management
Ernst & Young
Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
Fahr LLC
Fast Company
First Affirmative Financial Network
Fitch Ratings
Fossil Free Indexes LLC
Fourth Factor Advisors
Fried Frank
Friends Fiduciary Corporation
FTSE International Ltd
General Motors
Generation Foundation
Generation Investment Management
Glass Lewis & Co.
Global Impact Investing Network
Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation
Goldman Sachs
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Green America
Green Century Capital Management
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure
HRH The Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit
Humanity United
Impact Infrastructure
Impax Asset Management
Inflection Point Capital Management
InsideClimate News
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
International Finance Corporation
Investor Group on Climate Change Australia/ New Zealand
Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd
JCM Capital - Infrastructure Group
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jones Lang LaSalle
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kepos Capital
Laborers International Union of North America
Lazard Asset Management
Legg Mason Investment Counsel
M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc.
Mandate Pipeline (SourceMedia)
MaRS Discovery District
Maryland State Retirement System
Maryland State Treasury
McClatchy Newspapers
McGuireWoods LLP
Meister Consultants Group
Mercy Investment Services
Miller/Howard Investments, Inc.
Moody's Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Munich Re Asset Management (MEAG)
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
Natixis AM - Mirova
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Means Business
Nephila Advisors
Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
New Economy Coalition
New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
New York City Office of the Comptroller
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Next Generation
Norton Rose Fulbright
NYC DCAS Energy Management
Octopi Waters Pty Ltd
Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning
Office of the New York State Comptroller
Oregon State Treasury
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation
Parnassus Investments
Partnership for Strong Communities
Pax World Management LLC
Pegasus Capital Advisors
Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations
Permian Global
PGGM Investments
Point Innovate
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Principles for Responsible Investment
Prudential Financial
Prudential Investment Management
Putnam Foundation
REinsurance Association of America
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Risk Management Solutions
Rockefeller & Co., Inc.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Foundation
Rutgers University
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Sarah Cleveland Consulting
Saunders Hotel Group
Scarab Funds
Scherman Foundation
SEB Investment Management
Second Nature
Service Employees International Union
Seward & Kissell LLP
Sierra Club
"Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell NJ and Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment"
SNL Energy
Solar Century
Sonen Capital
Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
State Street Global Advisors
Strategy International
Summit Global Management
Sustainable Energy for All
Sustainable Financial Markets Network
Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Svangelical Lutheran Church in America
Swiss Re
TD Bank Group
Temple University
TerraVerde Capital Management
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Financial Times
The Great Explorers
The Ground_Up Project
The Hartford
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation
The World Bank Treasurer
Townsend Group
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
Trillium Asset Management
Triple Pundit
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
UBS Investment Bank
ULI Greenprint
UN Foundation
UN Global Compact
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church Funds
United Church of Christ - Pension Boards
United Nations
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Foundation
United Nations Office for Partnerships
United Press International
United States Department of Energy
Universities Superannuation Scheme - USS
University of Michigan
V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
Veris Wealth Partners
Vermont Office of the State Treasurer
Walden Asset Management
Wallace Global Fund
Water Asset Management
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Winslow Foundation
Winston Eco-Strategies
Wolfensohn & Co.
Zevin Asset Management
Zurich Global Investment Management
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd