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The following courses are currently under development. Check the Academy for updates as the courses are rolled-out, or email us at contact@asfi.asia to receive an update when a particular course goes live. If you have additional ideas for courses, or are interested in collaborating with us to develop course content, please send us an email.

4. E and S integration in practice AM ed
4. E and S integration in practice AM ed

AFF Series: Course 4b: E&S Integration in practice: Strategies & case studies for sustainable lending in AFF

Course overview:

This is the final course in a four-part series focused on sustainable finance across agriculture, forestry and fisheries (AFF) supply chains. This course hones in on a key set of strategies that banking professionals* can use to integrate information about E&S issues into their lending process. These strategies are highlighted by specific real world case studies.

Audience: Corporate banking professionals based in Asia. 

Duration: ~30-45 minutes

 

*Note: The asset manager version of this course has already been developed and is available for enrollment. See: AFF Series Course 4a: E&S Integration in practice: Strategies & case studies for sustainable investment in AFF 

Infrastructure Series: Course 1: Infrastructure & the environment at a glance: Why E&S issues matter

Course overview: 

As the global population soars towards an estimated 10 billion people by 2050, the physical infrastructure that our energy, transportation, sanitation, communication, and urban systems depend on is becoming strained, and much of it, outdated. Climate change is exacerbating this. In some places rising temperatures and growing demand for air conditioning are pushing electrical grids beyond capacity; Elsewhere extreme cold and ice have brought down power grids that millions depend on. Water scarcity is forcing temporary shutdowns at power plants and sanitation facilities; and climate-induced mass migration is reshaping the distribution of populations and thus the demand for physical infrastructure. Moreover, just as infrastructure is affected by global forces such as climate change, it also has an impact on them; the sector is responsible for approximately 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is also a leading driver of deforestation.

While all of the pressure on our infrastructure systems presents an enormous challenge for society, it also reflects a significant opportunity. During the next 30 years we must build approximately 75% of the infrastructure needed to meet global development goals. In Asia Pacific alone, the ADB estimates that at least US$22.6 trillion in investment is needed just by 2030, in order to meet the region’s growing demand for power, transport, telecommunications and sanitation infrastructure. This urgent need, alongside the imminent deployment of pandemic-related economic relief packages, presents a unique window of opportunity to build back better.

The long life-span of most infrastructure projects means that the decisions we make today will shape the way we produce energy, manage our water supplies, and move goods and ourselves around the planet for the next 25-50 years or more. With governments increasingly looking to private capital markets for the financing needed to bring critical infrastructure projects to life, it is more important than ever that financiers understand how environmental and social (E&S) issues will impact the sector in the coming years.

This is the first course in a four-part series focused on sustainable infrastructure finance.  It provides critical context for understanding why environmental and social issues present risks and opportunities to infrastructure companies, projects and funds, and to the banks and investors that finance them. After completing this course, learners are encouraged to take the next course in the series: Materiality and risk transmission in infrastructure financing: Which E&S issues financiers should focus on. 

Audience: Corporate banking and asset management professionals based in Asia.

Duration: ~30-45 minutes

Infrastructure Series: Course 2: Materiality & risk transmission in infrastructure finance: Which E&S issues to focus on

Course overview:

This is the second course in a four-part series focused on sustainable infrastructure finance.  It builds on the material covered in the first course and provides financial professionals with a framework to 1) identify which environmental and social (E&S) issues are most likely to present material financial risks to infrastructure companies, projects and funds and 2) understand how these risks are transmitted to banks and investors.

Audience: Asset management professionals based in Asia. 

Duration: ~30-45 minutes

Responsible lending 101: How to get started

This course aims to provide Asia-based bankers with a high-level introduction to responsible lending. We look at the the drivers and motivations for responsible lending, explore the rapidly evolving sustainable banking regulatory environment globally and in Asia particularly, highlight some of the key environmental and social issues bankers should be looking at, and dig into specific ESG strategies. This course will also provide bankers with a framework they can use to assess and enhance their own lending strategies, and will highlight specific real-world examples of current SB “good practice”.

Audience: Corporate banking professionals based in Asia. 

Duration: ~45 minutes - 1 hour