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Just Transition: Investing in Climate-Neutrality while Safeguarding Social Inclusion


Just Transition: Investing in Climate-Neutrality while Safeguarding Social Inclusion

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Important note: originally foreseen on 18 June; this webinar has been postponed and will take place on 9 December instead. If you registered for 18 June, your registration is valid for December.

The European Green Deal is the Union’s new growth strategy for the next decade, aiming to create new businesses and jobs, and to trigger more investment. It is designed to build a European market which will allow Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is fundamental that reaching this goal will not exclude anyone, guaranteeing a socially fair and just transition for all. During this webinar we will hear how the European Union wants to guide the transition towards climate-neutrality while safeguarding social inclusion, and which financial mechanisms will encourage this. Moreover, we will uncover which role the investors for impact can play in the Just Transition. Finally, we will learn why and how the European Green Deal, which puts both people and planet at its core, should also be the European long-term answer to the ongoing Corona crisis.

Recording and slides

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  • 15:00-15:05 Introduction - by Bianca Polidoro, Policy Manager, EVPA
  • 15:05-15:15 Just Transitions Mechanism and social Inclusion – by Risto Raivio, Senior Expert, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • 15:15-15:25 Social impact financing in the context of Green Deal - by Ruiz Martín Paula, Social Impact Manager, European Investment Fund
  • 15:25-15:40 Q&A with speakers
  • 15:40-15:50 EBRD and the Green Economy Transition - by Isabel Blanco, Lead Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • 15:50-16:05 Social inclusion within the energy space: the role of the practitioners - by Beau-Anne Chilla, Stichting Doen & Vincent Ruijter, CEO iwell
  • 16:05-16:20 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:20-16:30 Conclusion - by Cătălina Papari, Policy Associate, EVPA

Meet the speakers

Beau-Anne Chilla

Beau-Anne Chilla - DOEN Participaties B.V.

Beau-Anne Chilla works as Impact Investment Manager for DOEN Participaties, the investment arm of the DOEN Foundation.

Isabel Blanco

Isabel Blanco - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Isabel Blanco is an environmental economist with over 20 years’ of experience in sustainable energy and climate change, mainly dealing with policy dialogue and regulatory analysis. At the EBRD, she manages the green economy team within the Economics, Policy and Governance group, engaged in the design and assessment of projects and policy dialogue in the environmental space.

Paula Ruiz

Paula Ruiz - European Investment Fund

Paula Ruiz has 10 years of experience in the financial and sustainable development fields, working for the private sector and international organizations. She currently works at the EIF as a mandate officer of Social Impact Programmes developing and implementing EU financial instruments.

Risto Raivio

Risto Raivio - European Commission

Risto Raivio is a senior expert in European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He works in the ESF coordination unit and is in charge of ESF measures promoting social innovation.

Vincent Ruijter

Vincent Ruijter - iwell

Vincent works as CEO at iwell on building tomorrow's energy supply today. With our team and smart batteries we are already taking steps towards a better world today for everyone, therefore we not only make it greener, smarter but also cheaper so everyone can have clean and affordable energy.

Bianca Polidoro

Bianca Polidoro - EVPA

Bianca is EVPA’s Senior Policy and EU Partnerships Manager and member of the the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises (GECES). She joined EVPA in February 2019. She leads the EVPA Policy’s team, which monitors and analyses key policy developments relevant to the VP/SI sector, and implements the multi-annual policy strategy of EVPA. She represents EVPA’s community towards EU authorities (EC, EIB, EIF etc.), as well as other multilateral bodies.

Cătălina Papari

Cătălina Papari - EVPA

Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy and EU Partnerships Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.


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