Masterclass in Transition Planning

Course Director: Jacques Morris, Head of Policy, UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment and Group Policy Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group. Ira Poensgen, Deputy Group Policy Lead, Oxford sustainable Finance Group and Deputy Head of Policy, UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment.


Over the past years, there has been a tidal wave of companies and financial institutions publicly committing to Net Zero. Now that commitments are in place, increasing attention is being paid to the transition plans that underpin the delivery of those targets. This Masterclass provides public servants and third sector representatives with a holistic understanding of private sector transition planning. It aims to equip participants with the knowledge of why transition plans matter, what to look for in a “good” transition plan and identify and mobilise the levers they have for encouraging companies and financial institutions to deliver ambitious and action-oriented plans.



  • Session one – Introduction to Transition Plans – Wednesday 28 February 2024, 12.00-13.30 GMT
  • Session two – What does a good transition plan look like? –  Wednesday 6 March 2024, 12.00-13.30 GMT
  • Session three – Insight from market practitioners, case studies and examples – Wednesday 20 March 2024, 12.00-13.30 GMT
  • Session four – The international policy and regulatory landscape – Wednesday 27 March 2024, 12.00-13.30 GMT


  • Free


Places on this course are strictly limited to those who have primary employment in:

  • central or local government
  • regulatory agencies
  • supervisory authorities
  • central banks
  • multilateral institutions
  • non-profit civil society organisations
  • registered charities
  • philanthropic organisations

Evidence of this may be requested and required.

To apply please complete the application form, for both individual and group bookings. We aim to respond within 10 working days of receipt of the application.


By the end of this Masterclass participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of transition plans and the role that transition plans can play in mobilising transition finance;
  • Outline what a good practice transition plan should cover;
  • Navigate the landscape of existing and emerging guidance on transition planning;
  • Understand how transition plans relate to the evolving landscape of regulations and supervisory expectations related to sustainable finance;
  • Assess the role of public policy in motivating corporation and financial institutions to develop strong transition plans.


Masterclass syllabus

Session one

  • Introduction to the course and the Transition Plan Taskforce
  • From Pledges to Plans: the role of the private sector in delivering Net Zero
  • Why do transition plans matter? Understanding the current and potential use cases.

Session two

  • What does a “good” transition plan look like?
  • Examples and case studies

Session three

  • Together with a panel of practitioners and experts we will explore the challenges and opportunities that transition plans pose for companies in an emerging market context.

Session four

  • How do transition plans relate to the broader landscape of regulation and supervisory expectations?
  • How can public policy support and encourage good transition planning by the private sector?

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OxSFG was established in 2012 and is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world’s best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. We work globally across asset classes, finance professions, and with different parts of the financial system.