Columbia Business Magazine
As the world’s leading climate experts and advocates gathered in November for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Columbia community convened experts on the financing of climate solutions.
Costis Maglaras, dean of Columbia Business School; Alex Halliday, founding dean of Columbia’s Climate School; and CBS professors Gernot Wagner and Bruce Usher (alongside dozens of Columbia alumni working across climate and sustainability sectors) offered their expertise, spurred conversations, and learned more about the roles and responsibilities of businesses in fighting climate change.
CBS hosted a panel of practitioners and academics at the conference to discuss a complex and critical topic: financing the transition to net zero. Moderated by Vijay Vaitheeswaran, global energy and climate innovation editor at The Economist, the panel tackled the question of how emerging climate solutions can rapidly attract the financing they need to scale. Panelists also considered heartening developments in the space, as well as more-frustrating sticking points. Their conversation highlighted four key takeaways: