Workshop: "How can the climate transition in NRW be financed?"

Invitation to the event on August 22nd

The transformation of the economy in North Rhine-Westphalia towards sustainability requires significant investments that must be financed through a broad mix of partners. Fin.Connect.NRW has emerged as a network that brings together financial institutions and companies from the real economy to explore new opportunities for transformation financing. The initiator of Fin.Connect.NRW is the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Climate Protection, and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the German Economic Institute and Zenit GmbH are supporting this project.

The workshop on August 22, 2023, at the premises of the German Economic Institute in Cologne aims to demonstrate and discuss the role of banks and capital markets in supporting transformation financing. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Climate Protection, and Energy, the German Economic Institute, and Zenit GmbH cordially invite you to attend.

In addition to in-person attendance, digital participation is also possible.

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10:00 am: Welcome
Dr. Dirk Schlotböller, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Climate Protection, and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia

10:15 am: Who can finance the climate transition?
Dr. Markus Demary, German Economic Institute

10:45 am: How do companies finance their decarbonization?
Stephan Mayer, Stahlwerke Bochung GmbH

11:15 am: How do banks contribute to financing the climate transition?
Ingo Nolden, HSBC

11:45 am: Panel discussion with the speakers
Moderation: Dr. Ralf Henger, German Economic Institute

12:30 pm: Conclusion and outlook
Prof. Dr. Michael Voigtländer, German Economic Institute

12:45 pm: Networking lunch


The event will be fully or partially recorded with audio and visual material. By participating, you consent to the use of the audio and visual material for documentation purposes and within the scope of the organizer’s press and public relations work.

Aug 22 2023
10:00 – 12.45 Uhr

German Economic Institute Cologne
Room Eucken E.72
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21
50668 Cologne