Pathway to COP26

  • 6 October 2020
  • Research | Special Reports | Green Finance | PDF | Special Reports

This essay series, collected in partnership with the Social Market Foundation, explores the role of green finance in the lead up to COP26 and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK’s legally binding commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 is contingent on unlocking the necessary private capital and investment to fund the transition to a green economy and society. From the decisions made by individuals about their pensions, to the strategies adopted by financial professionals, these essays make clear the various ways and means that people, markets and the State can coalesce to deliver a transformative low-carbon economy.


  • Professor Linda Yueh – The Importance Of Shifting Norms In Supporting Climate Action
  • Kate Forbes MSP – Building A Net Zero Economy That Is Fair For All
  • Simon Thompson – Green Skills For Greener Finance
  • Ray Dhirani – What COVID-19 Means For Climate Action And The Future Of Sustainable Finance
  • Gareth Davies MP – Green Gilts: It’s Easy Being Green
  • Tim Edwards -How Finance Professionals Can Help Achieve Society’s Goals On Climate Change?
  • Guy Opperman MP – We Can Get To Net Zero By Unleashing The Productive Power Of Our Pensions
  • Nick Hague-Moss – Financial Service Organisations Are Vital To Unlocking The Green Economy
  • Dr Ben Caldecott – What Next For Central Banks And Financial Supervisors?
  • Eric Usher – Combatting Climate Change Post COVID-19: How Can Responsible Finance Ensure

Download the Essay Series, below.