The focus of the Sustainable Finance group is how to effectively mobilise finance to deliver climate action and sustainable development.
The group’s aim is to enable the transformation that is needed across the financial system to realise the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. This will require changes in financial analysis, financial policy and regulation as well as financial practice across the US$386 trillion in assets in banking, capital markets, investment funds and the insurance sectors. Momentum is building, but it is still not at the speed or scale required. Breakthrough approaches will be needed to reconnect finance with the real economy at a time of multiple ecological, social and technological transitions.
The group’s work consists of academic research, policy analysis, work with practitioners across a range of financial sectors, as well as communications and outreach. We are pursuing a number of interlocking work themes:
- Public finance: e.g. development banks and sustainable infrastructure
- Financial regulation: e.g. the role of central banks and supervisors
- Institutional investors: the Transition Pathway Initiative
- Insurance: e.g. responding to climate impacts and rewarding resilience
- Banking: e.g. environmental performance and credit quality
- Financial markets: e.g. climate risk management and asset pricing
- Investing a just transition: e.g. role of investors in promoting inclusive climate action
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Corporations are an important source of GHG emissions and important actors in mitigating climate change. This paper presents and analyses a database of corporate climate action that provides an up-to-date … read more »
En esta guía se indica cómo los inversores pueden alcanzar el objetivo de una transición justa en el marco de sus prácticas operativas fundamentales. (Spanish translation of ‘Climate change and the just transition: A guide for investor action’.) read more »
As recognition grows rapidly among central banks of the need for routine consideration of climate change risks, robust research is required to guide and underpin their actions. Nick Robins and Matthias Täger introduce a new global research network designed to build these foundations. read more »