COP28: SSE Contributes to Oxford Master Class on Governing a Transition to Net Zero

7 December 2023

4 December 2023 SSE Academy Head Dr. Tiffany Grabski was invited to present at the Oxford Net Zero Master Class on Net Zero Policy and Regulation. Dr. Grabski spoke about the role of capital markets in building capacity to facilitate the transition to a zero-emissions economy, highlighting the importance of convergence of standards with built-in flexibility for local adaptation.  “As we’ve just seen with the consolidation of disclosure frameworks through the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) by the IFRS Foundation, progress on net zero target setting and achievement can benefit from a consolidation of frameworks,” said Dr. Grabski. “Stock exchanges have a unique role in the market to apply global standards to local markets ensuring high-levels of trust and consistency,” she added.  Hosted by Oxford Net Zero, the panel presented research findings from Net Zero Tracker and invited Dr. Grabski to provide insights from practice. Dr. Grabski focused her intervention on the integral role of stock exchanges, contrasting this with the dearth of  academic work looking at capital markets infrastructure. To address this gap in academic literature, the SSE launched in October its new Academic Working Group, featuring 12 founding members across 8 countries.  The SSE Academic Working Group was created to foster dialogue and collaboration between stock exchanges and the academic community. The new group gives academics and stock exchanges a space to collaborate on sustainable business practices, sustainable finance and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Oxford Professor Juliane Reinecke is a member of the SSE Academic Working Group. 

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.