Speaker Bio & Abstract

Christophe Christiaen Spatial Finance Lead
Satellite Applications Catapult

BiographyChristophe has been working as a business analyst across the space sector for several years, both at the European Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult. He has set up the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Catapult and is a co-founder of the Spatial Finance Initiative, alongside Oxford University, Alan Turing Institute and the Green Finance Institute. Its main goal is to mainstream geospatial analysis across the financial system. AbstractSpatial Finance - The Opportunity for Geospatial Solutions to Green Finance A successful transition to a sustainable economy will require a shift in capital flows from unsustainable to sustainable investment opportunities. Globally, investors, financial regulators and civil society are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts that a changing natural and social environment is having on (the value of) their investments and vice versa. More and better information is needed to efficiently allocate capital to the most sustainable or resilient investment opportunities. This will require moving away from current top-down decision-making approaches based on self-reported and outdated financial and non-financial information.

Satellite based earth observation data and geospatial analytics allow for bottom-up assessments of sustainability risks, opportunities and impacts in a timely and unbiased manner. This type of Spatial Finance analysis has the potential to deliver ultra-transparency within the financial system and allow for efficient and credible sustainable financial decision making. There is a huge opportunity for the geospatial industry to work alongside the financial sector to mainstream sustainability considerations within investment decision making. By leveraging existing products and services, delivering training and building capacity but equally by developing a suite of new tailored and scalable products and services to complement current financial data provider offerings.