Finance, Investment and Insurance
Researchers in this group focus on how to mobilise public and private finance to support climate change resilience and a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy.
A transformation in financial practice is needed to achieve both the Paris Agreement targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): currently there is a US$2–3 trillion gap in annual financing to meet the aspirations of the Paris Agreement alone.
Re-alignment will require both increased upfront investment, particularly for infrastructure and innovation, and improved targeting of financial flows to better reach low-income communities and countries. Researchers from the Finance and Investment research group focus on how to mobilise finance to achieve these objectives.
Under the sub-themes of Financial Policy, Public Finance and Market Innovation, members of the research group focus on how to realign finance at different scales, including international financial institutions, financial regulatory authorities, central banks, market makers (ratings agencies, stock exchanges), investors and public finance institutions (public finance or development banks). They also explore the use of insurance as an instrument to support adaptation and reduce climate risk.
The Transition Pathways Initiative (TPI), a tool to help investors assess how well companies are preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy, also sits under the umbrella of the group.
Using a unique dataset of broadband roll-out over time in different locations in Ireland, McCoy et al. examine how broadband networks and other local factors affect the location decisions of new firms. read more »
This is a submission to the consultation on the UK government's 'Cost of energy' review by Professor Dieter Helm, addressing areas including the phase-out of coal and cost of renewable energy. read more »
In December 2017, the Vice President of the European Commission announced that the Commission is considering loosening financial regulation for sustainable financial products with the aim of boosting green investment. … read more »