Detecting Greenwashing

Event Details

Date: 29th February 2024

Duration: 09:30 15:00

Location: Virtual Event

Ticket Price: £395 + VAT Register

Detecting Greenwashing is a one day event that will discuss the latest methods for identifying greenwashing in listed companies.

The event brings together expertise from academia and the financial markets, and is designed for investment managers, institutional investors, hedge funds, analysts as well as ESG research and ratings vendors. Emphasis will be on the “detecting” part, i.e. not just discussions about different kinds of greenwashing, but how can it actually be identified by stakeholders without direct access to the company.

Topics covered include language analysis, gaming of emissions numbers, the effectiveness of regulation, identifying greenwashing in the GSS bond market, climate-washing litigation, and methods for scrutinizing sustainability reports.


09:25 – 09:30

09:30 – 10:00 
Identifying the firms and sectors most susceptible to greenwashing

Andreas Hoepner, Full Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance
Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin

10:00 – 10:30 
Climate transition action plans: deciphering the hype from action, particularly for capital allocation and investment into new technologies and innovation

Peter Holt, Partner, Energy and Climate Advisory

10:30 – 11:00 
How to scrutinize a sustainability report

Judith Stroehle, Assistant Professor for Sustainability Governance
University of St. Gallen


11:30 – 12:00 
Identify greenwashing in the GSS bond market
Pietro Sette, Research Director – GSS Bonds
Mainstreet Partners

12:00 – 12:30
How companies are gaming their emissions numbers

Marc Lepere, Lead in ESG & Sustainability
King’s College London

12:30 – 13:00
A critical guide to carbon offsets



14:00 – 14:30
Using AI to identify language associated with greenwashing
Qian Li, Lecturer in Sustainable Business Operations
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

14:30 – 15:00
Climate-washing litigation: the legal basis and evidence required for litigants bringing cases against corporations for climate-washing

Benjamin Franta, Senior Research Fellow in Climate Litigation
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford