Climate change and the Energy Transition

The Credit Suisse Research Institute is Credit Suisse’s in-house think tank. The Institute was established in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis with the objective to study long-term economic developments, which have – or promise to have – a global impact within and beyond the financial services.

Since 2016, the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) has held expert meetings on an annual or semi-annual basis on topics of broader relevance, including “The Future of Politics” and “Cybersecurity”. These meetings have led to reports in the aftermath summarizing key views and takeaways, presented to the public on important platforms like the World Economic Forum.

Climate change and the energy transition has become a key topic with far-reaching microeconomic, macro and political implications, as governments and companies around the world rethink mobility, shipping, materials and packaging, urbanism and energy consumption, more responsible consumer habits etc. in their effort to balance economic development with environmental awareness.

For us as a bank, the topic is of utmost importance as well in terms of the standards we follow, our business and investment priorities.

The CSRI Conference on “Climate Change and the Energy Transition” will firstly bring participants up-to-date on the current state of knowledge regarding climate change, the recommendations from leading economists regarding the appropriate policy measures to mitigate climate change, and on the political efforts underway to move forward with the energy transition.

In a second session, the conference will also provide an update from scientists as well as from corporate analysts regarding new technologies and practical applications with which to mitigate climate change, ranging from carbon capture methods to new forms of mobility.

A third session will be devoted to the impact of changing consumer as well as investors behavior on the energy transition.

Finally, experts will discuss the potential impacts of climate change and the energy transition on the overall economy of key regions as well as on geopolitical risks.

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