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On January 29, PPG hosted the year’s first Green Economy Webinar Series, Funding the Green Economy, featuring TD Bank Group’s Senior Manager of Sustainable Finance, Murat Basarir.
2020 demonstrated the need for economic resiliency in the face of market shocks. With the climate emergency already impacting businesses, the need to transition to a green economy has never been clearer. Funding the transition is a key element, and Partners in Project Green members like TD Bank Group are leading the way.
TD is targeting $100 billion by 2030 through low-carbon financing, investing and initiatives to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. This includes working with companies, ventures and projects that are driving innovation and contributing to carbon emissions reductions, energy-efficiency housing, and urban green space enhancements.
- Material Exchange: This PPG program matches companies with other businesses or community groups to rescue unneeded materials.
- Natural Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency: This PPG program helps property managers, commercial developers, industrial manufacturers, institutional facilities, and business owners understand their climate risks and identify opportunities to mitigate those risks, and provides support to take action and become more resilient.
- TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant: Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada.
- TD Green Bond: Frequently Asked Questions: On March 28, 2014, TD launched the first bank-led green bond in Canada. This PDF explores frequently asked questions about TD’s green bond.
About the Presenter
Senior Manager, Sustainable Finance at TD Bank Group
Murat Basarir has been part of various international sustainable finance focused initiatives, such as launching UK’s first wireless charged electric bus and working at Canada’s first retail green bond issuer. Prior to his work in sustainable finance, he has led a nationwide energy efficiency campaign that has been featured by the Economist, BBC and was voted by the UK public as the Best Campaign at the Climate Week Awards. At TD, he works with teams across the enterprise to ideate, structure and move forward ESG initiatives that support TD’s Climate Action Plan.
Murat holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MPhil in Engineering from Cambridge University and has completed the Ignite programme at Stanford’s Graduate Business School.