Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance


Northern Europe has driven the development of sustainable finance. For example, the Bank of England has completely shifted the debate on the relationship between climate change, finance, and financial regulation; in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden pension funds have been pioneering how to take account of climate-related risks; Norway’s global pension fund is setting norms for how sovereign wealth funds should consider climate change; and the French government is pioneering new forms of mandatory climate disclosure. In Northern Europe the ecosystem of institutions across the investment chain working on sustainable finance topics is impressive – from green bonds to climate aligned indices through to new analytical approaches and regulatory innovation.

While there is obviously extensive communication and dialogue between actors across these jurisdictions, this can be enhanced and translated into more tangible examples of pioneering cooperation. There are also ways that financial institutions, regulators, and policymakers can learn from one another. Further success in Northern Europe can support efforts elsewhere in Europe, support supra-national action through the European Union (e.g. Capital Markets Union), and efforts across the G7 and G20. There is also a need for a vehicle to support European cooperation on sustainable finance that straddles both EU and non-EU member states. The Partnership is being created to help facilitate and encourage this cooperation.

The Partnership was launched at its inaugural conference on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at the City of London’s Guildhall. The Partnership is open to organisations and representatives from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as representatives from relevant European institutions. It will be open to financial institutions, regulators, policymakers, civil society, researchers, and investor coalitions.

The Partnership is Chaired by Silvia Kreibiehl, Co-Head of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. 


Chair, Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance

Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance

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