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Sustainable Finance: Leveraging funding opportunities for decarbonisation and sustainable business practices

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Sustainable Finance: Leveraging funding opportunities for decarbonisation and sustainable business practices

JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATIVE SESSION ON SUSTAINABLE FINANCE AND LEARN HOW BUSINESSES CAN LEVERAGE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO DECARBONISE AND EMBARK ON SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE PRESENTATIONS FROM EXPERTS IN SUSTAINABLE FINANCE, INCLUDING ALEX WEST, HEAD OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE FROM BNZ, NICK PACEY, SENIOR ASSOCIATE FROM PURPOSE CAPITOL, AND NICOLE VAN DER LAAK, SENIOR MANAGER-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES FROM ERNST & YOUNG, WHO WILL SHARE INSIGHTS ON THE TOOLS, INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES SEEKING TO DECARBONISE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES.
Date: Thursday, 11th May, 2023
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Ernst & Young office, 53 Spring Street, Tauranga CBD
Priority One Members and non-members are welcome to this event.

As businesses become more aware of their impact on the environment, sustainable finance is gaining traction as a means of promoting sustainable economic activities and projects. Sustainable finance takes into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations when making investment decisions, leading to more long-term investments in sustainable projects. However, navigating the funding landscape can be challenging, and businesses may need support to identify and apply for meaningful grant opportunities.

To help businesses navigate this challenging and rapidly changing landscape, we are bringing together experts from BNZ, Purpose Capital, and EY to share their expertise on sustainable finance and funding opportunities, and provide insights into the sustainable finance landscape, offering guidance to businesses looking to embark on sustainability initiatives.

  • Alex West, Head of Sustainable Finance from BNZ, will provide an overview of sustainable finance, including eligibility criteria and tools used to support funding, and discuss the industries and activities BNZ is planning to fund in the future.
  • Nick Pacey, Investment Manager from Purpose Capital, will present on Purpose Capital's financing options for businesses looking to decarbonise and promote environmental change, and is keen to hear from businesses who are looking to decarbonise their organisation but need external funding assistance to do so.
  • Nicole Van Der Laak, Senior Manager-Government Initiatives from Ernst & Young, will discuss the funding landscape in New Zealand, including how their Grant Services team can efficiently identify and apply for grant funding opportunities, the critical and valuable resources that grants provide for organisations to execute projects, and how grant funding can be leveraged to drive innovation and reduce risks and costs for organisations of all sizes, types or scale.

This event will provide businesses with the necessary knowledge to navigate the sustainable finance landscape, understand the funding options available, and take advantage of opportunities to support sustainable business practices. Join us and explore how to finance the transition towards sustainability.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP by Monday 8th May
For more information on decarbonisation for businesses, click here. To connect with our Priority One Sustainability Lead, Marissa Nikora, contact: marissa@priorityone.co.nz.  

Speakers:



Alex West, Head of Sustainable Finance | BNZ
Alex West, Head of Sustainable Finance at BNZ, has over 10 years of experience in banking and finance, providing funding and financial solutions to organisations for transitioning to sustainable business practices. He is responsible for BNZ's Partnership Banking sustainability strategy and supports clients with sustainable finance. With a background in agriculture, sustainability, and hospitality, Alex is well-equipped to speak on sustainable finance and investment opportunities. His passion for sustainability in the financial sector and contribution to BNZ's Sustainability and Growth Sectors strategy make him a valuable speaker at the event.

Nick Pacey, Investment Manager | Purpose Capital
Nick Pacey is a Senior Associate at Purpose Capitol, where he works with businesses to promote environmental change and believes that for-profit businesses can drive meaningful change. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and worked as an Energy Efficiency Engineer before joining Purpose Capital. Nick is also interested in impact investing, investing, and sustainability. Nick brings a unique perspective to the event as he understands the importance of investing in sustainable businesses and how it can benefit both the environment and the economy.


Nicole Van Der Laak
, Senior Manager-Government Initiatives | Ernst & Young
Nicole Van Der Laak is an experienced Senior Manager-Government Initiatives at Ernst & Young, who is passionate about sustainability projects and grant funding. She supports organisations in identifying and leveraging grant opportunities for executing sustainability projects. Nicole's expertise in innovation and commercialisation, along with her PhD in materials science, enables her to guide organisations in building innovation capability to execute sustainable initiatives in a meaningful way. Nicole's expertise in grant funding and sustainability will be a valuable contribution to the discussion on sustainable finance and investment opportunities.


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