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Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and the founding Director of the UK Centre for Greening Finance & Investment (CGFI), established by UK Research and Innovation in 2021 as the national centre to accelerate the adoption and use of climate and environmental data and analytics by financial institutions internationally.

Since 2019, he has also been seconded to the UK Cabinet Office as the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance.

Dr Caldecott's aim is to align finance and the financial system with environmental sustainability. "Climate and environmental risks to our economy and society are accelerating," he says. "The ultimate vision of the CGFI is for financial institutions to be able to access and use climate and environmental data and analytics for any point on planet earth historically, in the present, and projected into the future – allowing the greening of finance and the financing of green."

Some of the questions his research tries to answer include: 

How can we ensure that the huge capital investments required to deliver the Paris Agreement and the UN SDGs happen and happen quickly and efficiently? 

How do we ensure that climate change-related risks are properly integrated and managed by financial institutions and their regulators?

How should investors in companies, from the largest sovereign wealth funds to the smallest millennial retail saver, use their influence to make companies and sectors of the global economy much more sustainable? 

His teams develop new ideas, methodologies, and datasets that can change things in practice. They work closely with financial institutions, regulators, policymakers and civil society to do this successfully and then train the next generation of leaders in sustainable finance through a variety of courses. 

Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Ben Caldecott