Climate and Finance

Actions Panel

Climate and Finance

Experts share insights on the priorities, and pitfalls, of the COP27 finance negotiations, and how finance is key to climate action.

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There is a phenomenal array of actions and innovations being developed globally to address climate change. Reductions in emissions, carbon sequestration, and offsetting will all need to be employed to prevent further increases in global temperatures, and at the same time actions need to mitigate the effects of climate change already being felt.

COP27 saw renewed focus, and pressure, on the role of financial institutions and economic policy as crucial to achieving a ‘just transition’, with the ‘Loss and Damage’ fund. This was agreed by governments after decades of resistance, and is seen as a key breakthrough of the conference. In spite of this, huge and complex issues remain.

The global financial sector is crucial to making sure any positive changes are meaningful and accessible for all. Finance can support or scupper climate change action through investments; it can promote environmentally sound practices and innovations through loans and grants; and it can ensure increased global parity.

Join Professor Iain Clacher and Professor Jason Lowe for a conversation on Climate and Finance, where they will provide insight on the priorities, and pitfalls, of the COP27 finance negotiations, share their expertise and answer your questions, including how we might better coordinate work in this area.

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Professor Iain Clacher, Pro Dean International and Professor of Pensions and Finance in Leeds University Business School, is a climate finance expert and lead researcher in the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment. Iain is a member of University of Leeds’ COP27 Taskforce and Climate Plan Research Partnership Committee.

Professor Jason Lowe OBE, is Priestley Chair in Interdisciplinary Climate Research at University of Leeds and Head of Climate Services at the Met Office. Jason is a world-leading expert in climate science, Chair of University of Leeds’ COP27 Taskforce and also Met Office Science Co-ordinator for the SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme