SGV Consulting Partner Christian G. Lauron joined the two-day 2023 Institute of International Finance (IIF) Sustainable Finance Summit held in Tokyo, Japan. The summit was supported by the Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA) and leading financial institutions in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. Christian (center) at the 2023 IIF Sustainable Finance Summit The panelists and moderators for the various discussions during the summit were Japan government officials and different bank and industry leaders. Global and regional banks, policy makers and regulators, insurers, and other financial institutions also participated in the summit. Among the topics in the summit were strategic planning for the net-zero transition, ensuring credibility in transition finance and investment, the changing regulatory and policy landscape for sustainable finance, insurance and the net-zero transition, the future of global carbon markets, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data and metrics, enabling transition finance, building transition finance markets in Asia, financing clean technology and natural capital, and the vital role of blended finance. Conversation with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (right) The panelists also talked about how the private sector plays a crucial role in supporting the Net Zero transition by focusing on transition finance and investment. They emphasized that financial firms are evaluating planning, assessing portfolio alignment, and addressing greenwashing risks. They also noted how the insurance sector aids companies in reducing and preparing for the effects of climate change. Additionally, they pointed out that international carbon markets are expanding, and standards and benchmarks are being developed to support global decarbonization. They also noted that as voluntary frameworks and regulatory communities address concerns about greenwashing and transition-washing, there is a growing demand for ESG disclosure. Then Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda delivers his keynote speech The panelists also talked about how C-suite executives are rethinking traditional financial intermediation parameters to fund the energy transition and meet global climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. They highlighted that as Asia's governments and companies plan long-term growth strategies, sustainable financial markets are a key priority.