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Carbon Finance 2008

Climate change may be the most important issue of our time, and has taken center stage at the World Economic Forum and most recently at the UNFCC conference in Bali. Climate change is altering the way that investors evaluate the risks inherent in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, utilities, transportation, chemicals and others.

Connecticut Hedge Fund Association together with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, Connecticut Departments of Environmental Protection, Insurance, Treasury, and Clean Air - Cool Planet have organized a winter educational symposium of insurance and investment management leaders to explore risks and opportunities in "Investing in Climate Change" as well as a discussion of the new Green Exchange trading platform established by a NYMEX-led consortium of leading financial institutions. 

Welcoming remarks will be given by Thomas R. Sullivan, the Commissioner of the Insurance Department for the State of Connecticut.  Win Neuger, Chairman of the AIG Global Investment Group, will give a keynote address.  This address will be followed by dinner and a panel discussion on the new Green Exchange that will be moderated by the Co-Director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, Brad Gentry.  Panelists include: Martin Whittaker, Director of Environmental Finance Strategies with Mission Point Capital, Andy Ertel, CEO of Evolution Markets, Benjamin Block, Senior Analyst for Ardsley Partners Renewable Energy Strategy, and Paul Ezekiel, Global Head of Carbon Trading for Credit Suisse.

January 30, 2008
5:30 p.m.
Winter Symposium
Connecticut firms manage more than $330 billion of the $1 trillion global hedge fund industry - making Connecticut the No. 2 hedge fund center in the U.S. behind New York. 
This event is sponsored by McCarter & English, Shoreline Trading Group, and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale.

Recommended Readings

What is a Hedge Fund? - Wikipedia

NYMEX and Other Major Market Participants to form the Green Exchange - CSR Wire

AIG Chairman Win Neuger on Clean Technology - Pod Tech

Event Documents

Netcast - Visit Yale "Business & Management" or "Environment" in the "Center for Business and Environment" tab (must have iTunes to download)

Transcriptions - Win Neuger and A Panel on Hedge Funds

PowerPoint Presentations - Win Neuger (Chairman of AIG Investment Group), Paul Ezekiel (Global Head of Carbon Emissions for Credit Suisse)

Funding for this series was made possible by a generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.