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
- Financing a just transition: e.g. role of investors in promoting inclusive climate action
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The authors of this paper apply a newly developed insurance pricing model to two catastrophe model data sets relating to hurricane risk in two locations in the Atlantic basin, estimating ambiguity loads – the extra insurance premium due to ambiguity – and showing how these depend on the insurer’s attitude to ambiguity. read more »
This paper charts the rise of central bank and supervisor action on climate change and wider sustainability issues, analyses the key features of the 'new normal' and highlights priority themes for policy and research in the years ahead. read more »
It is clear that 2020 has to be the year when the global financial system makes the irreversible shift towards alignment with climate security and sustainable development. One of the … read more »