International Conference on Statistics for Sustainable Finance

This conference is being organised jointly by the Banque de France, the Deutsche Bundesbank, and the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) of the Bank for International Settlements. It will take place in Paris from Tuesday, 14 September to Wednesday, 15 September 2021. To facilitate physical participation in the event, it will be organised with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Alternatively, participation will also be possible on a virtual basis.

The event will bring together users and producers of statistics on sustainable finance to discuss their data and analytical needs as well as the challenges they face. The goal is to look at how to best address current measurement issues and ensure the proper future development of statistics on sustainable finance – that is, the activities that contribute to sustainable developments from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspective.

The topics to be discussed at the conference include among others:

  • taking stock of the related statistical data needs of users in policy-making financial institutions, especially central banks and supervisors;
  • sharing the latest updates of international statistical initiatives to address these needs and close potential data gaps, both in the official and the private sector – for instance in the context of the efforts undertaken by the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System, the Financial Stability Board, and the United Nations;
  • reviewing the indicators, ad-hoc surveys, and analytical datasets developed or under development at national, regional, or industry levels, as well as the operational ways for bringing together data supply and demand (eg development of statistical hubs);
  • discussing case studies on the use of sustainable finance data in central banking policy areas such as microprudential supervision, financial stability and macroeconomic analysis, risk and reserve management etc; and
  • drawing the relevant lessons from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as regards future developments in greenhouse gas emissions, investments in sustainable technologies, and ways to strengthen the sustainability and resilience of today's economies.