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How INSPIRE Works

There is a growing consensus that the global financial system must urgently evolve to effectively respond to the catastrophic financial risks posed by climate change and environmental degradation and support the transition to a sustainable economy. Financial institutions worldwide are now considering what measures they can introduce to integrate climate and environment considerations into their operations — subject to their individual mandates — and how these measures can be successfully implemented.

Through funding gold-standard research and fostering innovative partnerships, INSPIRE works with researchers, NGFS members and observer organisations, as well as the wider community of central banks and financial supervisors to advance and enhance ambition in the sustainable financial policy agenda.

Funding projects and programmes

Since 2019, we have published four open calls for research and have commissioned over 30 research projects. Our projects comprehensively cover all major aspects of central banking and financial supervision and our programmes consist of a series of projects oriented around specific challenges such as sustainable crisis response and recovery.

We have also funded projects at the request of the NGFS such as the NGFS climate scenarios and the NGFS Case Studies of Environmental Risk Analysis Methodologies.

Partnerships

We are always looking to form new collaborative partnerships that strengthen the financial system’s ability to manage climate- and environment-related financial risks and mobilize capital for green and low-carbon investments. One-third of INSPIRE-commissioned projects have buy-in from central bankers.

Most recently, we partnered with the NGFS Workstream on Research to launch the Joint Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability. We also work closely with the Green Finance Platform to coordinate the Sustainable Finance Policy Effectiveness Working Group.

Our Story

INSPIRE — the International Network for Sustainable Financial Policy Insights, Research, and Exchange — is a global, philanthropy-supported research network launched in 2019 to commission independent, gold-standard research on the financial oversight of climate- and environment-related risks and to promote green finance.

As a designated stakeholder of the Central Banks and Supervisors’ Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), INSPIRE is designed to swiftly commission and fund multiple lines of innovative and robust research and interface with the NGFS and its members. Through commissioning, funding, and partnership, we convene researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and communicate research findings so that institutions around the world can benefit from world-class scholarship.

INSPIRE serves as a platform through which philanthropies can continue to support research on financial oversight over time. The network is co-hosted by ClimateWorks Foundation and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. INSPIRE’s trajectory is guided by dialogue with the NGFS members and the expertise of an advisory committee that provides recommendations on research to commission and help engage with central banks and supervisors.

Our Hosts

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment was established in 2008 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Institute brings together international expertise on economics, as well as finance, geography, the environment, international development, and political economy to establish a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research, teaching and training in climate change and the environment. It is funded by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which also funds the Grantham Institute –Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London.

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ClimateWorks Foundation

The ClimateWorks team is on a mission to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Over the past decade, we’ve built a global platform for philanthropy to innovate and accelerate climate solutions that scale. Our global programs and services equip philanthropy with knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress. Since 2008, ClimateWorks has granted over $1.3 billion to more than 600 grantees in over 45 countries.

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Secretariat Staff

Ilmi Granoff

Co-chair

Ilmi Granoff is the Director of ClimateWorks Foundation’s Sustainable Finance Program. He is an attorney and policy expert with nearly two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, sustainable development, energy and infrastructure finance, and public-private partnerships. Previously, Ilmi headed the Green Growth Business Unit at the Overseas Development Institute, served as the Special Counsel for Climate and Environment at the African Development Bank, and practiced law in the global energy and infrastructure group at Freshfields. He is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He holds graduate degrees in law, international relations, and environmental science from New York University and Yale University, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Nick Robins

Co-chair

Nick Robins is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute. He is a co-founder of INSPIRE and co-chair of the NGFS-INSPIRE Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for a just transition to a net zero and resilient economy, promoting the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and investigating how the financial system can support the restoration of nature.

Nick is the author of numerous reports on sustainable finance, including The Road to Net Zero Finance and co-author of Net Zero Central Banking.

Simon Dikau

Research Officer

Simon Dikau joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in May 2019. He holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS University of London on ‘Central Banking and Economic Development’. His thesis focuses on the theoretical, historical and empirical relationship between central banking, economic growth and sustainable development. Simon has worked as a research assistant and consultant for think tanks on topics of sustainable finance in Asia and emerging markets. His publications and broader academic research focus on the various aspects of central banking, sustainable development, finance and climate change.

Natasha Kunesch

Operations Officer

Natasha Kunesch is a consultant for the LSE with seven years of experience in stakeholder management and project coordination which she draws upon to support INSPIRE’s secretariat and contribute to the NGFS-INSPIRE Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability. Previously, her work was orientated around coastal ecosystem management and designing social-equitable protected area networks in the Asia-Pacific. She holds an MSc in Environment, Politics and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BSc in Conservation Biology from the University of the West of England. 

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Our Partners

The Network for Greening the Financial System

The NGFS, launched at the Paris One Planet Summit on 12 December 2017, is a group of central banks and supervisors, which on a voluntary basis are willing to share best practices and contribute to the development of environment and climate risk management in the financial sector, and to mobilize mainstream finance to support the transition toward a sustainable economy. The NGFS brings together 89 central banks and supervisors and 13 observers.

Together, they represent five continents and around 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and are responsible for the supervision of all of the global systemically important banks and two thirds of global systemically important insurers. The NGFS is chaired by Frank Elderson, member of the ECB’s Executive Board. The Secretariat is provided by Banque de France.

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Advisory Committee

Nick Robins

Advisory Committee Chair; Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance

Nick is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute. He is a co-founder of INSPIRE and co-chair of the NGFS-INSPIRE Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability. The focus of his work is on how to mobilise finance for a just transition to a net zero and resilient economy, promoting the role of central banks and regulators in achieving sustainable development and investigating how the financial system can support the restoration of nature.

Nick is author of numerous reports on sustainable finance, including The Road to Net Zero Finance and co-author of Net Zero Central Banking.

Jakob Thomä

Director at 2° Investing Initiative Deutschland

Jakob Thomae is one of the leading global experts on sustainable finance and long-term risks. He co-founded the 2° Investing Initiative network in New York and Berlin and serves as Executive Director of 2° Investing Initiative Deutschland.

Jakob led the development of the first methodology in the world to measure the alignment of financial portfolios with climate goals (PACTA). PACTA remains the most widely used alignment methodology in the world, endorsed by a number of governments and financial supervisors to track financial sector alignment. Over 1,000 organizations have used PACTA to conduct portfolio tests to date.

In 2020, Jakob launched the 1in1000 research programme designed to integrate complex and long-term risks into financial supervision and decision-making. As part of the programme, Jakob authored the first COVID-19 stress-test scenarios, informing the regulatory response of supervisors in Europe and the United States to the crisis. His work has also informed the climate stress-test scenario design of major central banks and financial supervisors.

Jakob is Special Research Fellow to the Japanese Financial Services Agency, and previously served as Academic Advisor to the Bank of England and EIOPA. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers. Jakob is also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he teaches a Green Finance course.

Pierre Monnin

Senior Fellow at Council on Economic Policies

Pierre Monnin is a Senior Fellow with CEP where he focuses on the environmental and social effects of monetary policy. Prior to that he has been with the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in various roles for a total of ten years –counseling SNB’s Board Members on issues concerning financial markets and monetary policy as well as developing measures of financial stability and integrating them into the bank’s monetary policy framework. He also worked at Man Investments as a Quantitative Analyst, developing asset allocation strategies for alternative investment.

Yao Wang

Director General of International Institute of Green Finance

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INSPIRE Community

2° Investing Initiative Australian National University - ANU Crawford School of Public Policy Bocconi University - Ettore Bocconi Department of Economics Boston University - BU Global Development Policy Center Bruegel
Capital University of Economics and Business
Centre for International Governance Innovation Centre International de Formation Européenne Chair Energy & Prosperity Climate Analytics Climate Finance Alpha Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas Council on Economic Policies CountryRisk Central University of Finance and Economics - International Institute of Green Finance École Polytechnique ETH Zürich - Department of Environmental Systems Science ETH Zürich - Center for Climate System Modeling Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss Four Twenty Seven Goethe University - Department EI: Applied Econometrics and International Economic Policy Goethe University - Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment Imperial College London - Grantham Institute - Climate change and the environment Imperial College London - Centre of Climate Finance and Investment International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis National Institute of Economic and Social Research New Economics Foundation Politecnico di Milano Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Queens University Belfast - Queen's Management School RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University - Department of Finance Ruhr University Bochum Scoula Superiore Sant’Anna - Institute of Economics Sheffield Hallam University SITAWI Finance for Good SOAS, University of London - SOAS Centre of Sustainable Finance South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre The Brookings Institution Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G) Tsinghua University - National Institute of Financial Research Center for Green Finance Development Univeristy of Maryland - Center for Environmental Science Universidad Nacional de San Martín Universidad Nacional del Oeste University College Dublin - UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School University College London - UCL Institution for Innovation and Public Purpose University College London - UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources University of Bologna - Department of Economics University of Cambridge - Bennett Institute for Public Policy University of Cambridge - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership University of East Anglia - Norwich Business School University of Greenwich - Economics and International Business University of Hong Kong - Centre for Financial Innovation and Development University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School University of Nairobi-Kenya - School of Law University of Oxford - Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment University of Oxford - St Peter's College University of Oxford - School of Geography and Environment University of Siegen University of Sydney - Business School University of the West of England - UWE Faculty of Business and Law University of Waterloo - School of Environment, Enterprise and Business University of Western Australia - UWA Business School University of Zurich - UZH Department of Banking and Finance Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne Utrecht University - Sustainable Finance Lab Vivid Economics Vienna University of Economics and Business WWF-Singapore