Welcome to the Standard Bank Climate Summit 2022

The summit builds on 2021’s Net-Zero theme, focussing on climate change in the context of energy access and energy transition, while acknowledging the link to ESG. With voices across different parts of society, we facilitate topical issues ranging from mitigation, adaptation and climate finance.

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Welcome speech by Kenny Fihla

Chief Executive, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank


Opening address by Barbara Creecy

Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa


Panel 1: Energy transition

While the Global North is progressing in advancing towards carbon neutrality, the pace for the Global South – particularly Africa – requires a multifaceted approach for the region’s unique context of energy poverty against the backdrop of immediate socio-economic needs.

Watch the Energy Transition panel discussion


Read about the panel speakers

With Nazmeera Moola, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Mark Feasel, André de Ruyter, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, Stephen Barnes
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Panel 2: Opportunities and risks

Climate change presents significant risks to some of the most vulnerable parts of our continent, and at the same time, it presents several opportunities for innovation , such as scaling renewables projects, facilitating sustainable finance investments and partnering across society to achieve positive social change.

Watch the Opportunities and Risks panel discussion


Read about the panel speakers

With Dr Mo Ibrahim, Dr Penny Byrne, Fahmida Smith, Judith Odhiambo, Berenice Francis and Jan Fourie
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Panel 3: Green investing

As the hype of ESG continues, corporates and the financial industry must ensure that their claims are transparent and auditable. While the line between marketing and ESG commitments gets blurred, all stakeholders have a role to play in identifying and preventing greenwashing.

Watch the Green Investing panel discussion


Read about the panel speakers

With Sonja Gibbs, Prof Morris Mthombeni, Mutuma Marangu, Louise Naudé, Aymeric Saha, Joanne Yawitch
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Panel 4: The role of Africa’s governments

Governments across Africa play a key role in creating an enabling environment for both climate mitigation and adaptation that can encourage efforts to reduce carbon emissions, while facilitating investment in non-carbon-based energy.

Watch the green investing panel discussion


Read about the panel speakers

With Prof Adam Habib, Johanne Yawitch, Nomahlubi Jakuja, Simon Freemantle, Holger Rothenbusch, and HE Dr. Arkebe Oquabay (PhD)
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Our Summit closing

Keynote by Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President of Nigeria


Closing address by President Felix Tshisekedi

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo


Closing address by President Yoweri Museveni

President of Uganda


Closing address and thank you by Sim Tshabalala

CEO, Standard Bank Group



Energy transitions, regional electricity markets and industrialisation prospects in Africa

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Defining just transitions in the Africa context

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Roadmap to Africa’s COP

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