Launch of first Annual Spatial Finane State and Trends Report

On the 15th of July, the Spatial Finance Initiative (SFI) launched its first annual review of state and trends in the rapidly developing field of spatial finance, and their first open asset-level databases for the cement and iron & steel sectors.

This first report, sponsored by Lombard Odier, delves deeper into the underlying technology advancements and market developments that make spatial finance an increasingly important proposition for financial institutions. It presents both emerging and mature applications that are already available on the market and highlights future trends.

In addition to launching the report, SFI’s GeoAsset Project launched their first publicly available enhanced asset-level datasets for the cement and iron & steel sectors globally. These include exact geolocation, ownership and production feature information for a significant proportion of cement and iron & steel assets globally. This information is essential to support the net zero transition of these heavy industries.

Event agenda

Welcome by Ben Caldecott, Director at Centre for Greening Finance and Investment and Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Spatial Finance State and Trends Report overview by Christophe Christiaen, Sustainable Finance Lead at Satellite Applications Catapult

Panel Discussion – Future of Spatial Finance: New and Emerging Applications
• Michael Urban, Senior Sustainability Analyst at Lombard Odier
• Adina Gillespie, Director of Business Development Europe at GHGSat
• Katie Critchlow, CEO at NatureMetrics
• Josh Gilbert, CEO at Sust Global

Global Asset-level Databases for the Cement and Steel Industries overview by Matthew McCarten, Spatial Finance Lead at Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Panel Discussion – Asset-level Insights for Heavy Industry
• Caitlin Swalec, Climate & Energy Research Analyst at Global Energy Monitor
• Matthew Gray, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at TransitionZero
• Alvaro Linares Fuster, Associate Director – Climate & Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson
• Noemie Klein, CEO at Asset Resolution

Closing by Nicola Ranger, Deputy Director at Centre for Greening Finance and Investment and Head of Climate and Environmental Risk Research at Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme.


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