Katarzyna Szwarc was a Policy Fellow in the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment where she focused on various policy aspects of sustainable finance and just transition, in the UK and beyond.
Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Katarzyna was a Public Policy Manager at Intercontinental Exchange in London where she led on several policy initiatives at the intersection of financial services and commodities markets. Before that, she was the Head of Public Policy at the Polish Energy Exchange. After hours, Katarzyna leads the Instrat Foundation, a Warsaw-based think tank focusing on just transition.
Katarzyna holds an MPA from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Law from the University of Warsaw.
Key research interests
- the role of investors
- financial and public institutions in delivering just transition in the UK and globally
- the role of local government and communities in driving just transition to net-zero economy
- sovereign and municipal green bonds
- the role of financial regulation in making the financial system truly sustainable
- taxonomies of sustainable activities including EU Taxonomy.
Policy - 2021
This report sets out what the delivery of a just transition in the UK will require, highlights initial efforts by leading financial institutions towards achieving a just transition, and points to what is needed to achieve system-wide change. Read more
This report sets out a framework of just transition expectations that investors can use in conducting due diligence and assessments of companies, engaging with portfolio holdings and allocating capital. The framework is based on international standards and emerging practice and is applied to five companies in the European electric utilities sector. Read more
Policy - 2020
The UK has a proud tradition of leadership in climate action and global finance. The urgent need to rebuild the... Read more
News - 2021
Katarzyna Szwarc, Nick Robins and Sabrina Muller explain how the UK Infrastructure Bank could drive forward the creation of a net-zero economy that is fair for all workers and communities, across the country. Read more