Discussing the Role of Finance in Difficult to Decarbonize Industries

Grace Buie July 13, 2022

Emissions-intensive industries (for example: steel, cement, and chemical production, freight, and aviation) are difficult industries to decarbonize, due to high energy requirements and the emissions inherent to their operations or production processes. This panel will explore the role of finance in decarbonizing traditionally difficult to decarbonize industries from the perspectives of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts, moderated by the winners of the global MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) competition from the Yale School of Management. Discussion will include how capital can drive decarbonization, the risks and opportunities associated with financing frontier technologies, and the drivers of recent investment in these areas. A brief networking session will follow the panel to connect investors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs in the space.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Accelerate Climate Action

  • Reimagine Systems


Decarbonization, infrastructure, hydrogen, emerging tech, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, cement, steel, transportation, freight, aviation, chemicals, emissions reduction

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We want to inspire and empower investors to explore opportunities in emissions-intensive industries to create climate impact and generate returns in overlooked spaces. We also want to give entrepreneurs and industry experts attempting to decarbonize difficult industries the tools and language to approach investors, both as an early-stage venture and an established company working with asset managers.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Academia

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Service Providers


  • NameEric Trusiewicz
  • TitleGraduate Fellow
  • OrganizationStanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTo be announced at a later date
  • TitleSenior Advisor
  • OrganizationApollo Global Management, Sustainable Investing
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTed McKlveen
  • TitleCo-founder & CEO
  • OrganizationVerne, Hydrogen Storage
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDanny Cotter
  • TitlePartner
  • OrganizationThe Westly Group
  • StatusConfirmed
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