In 2019, in collaboration with the Climate Safe Lending network, we designed and facilitated the Climate Safe Learning Lab for banking professionals driving climate finance within their institutions.
The Climate Safe Lending network is an international collaboration now housed and managed by the Center for Sustainability Solutions, a project of the US not-for-profit organization Green America. The Network is dedicated to the following goal:
By 2025 bank lending in North America and Europe is aligned with the goal of staying well below a 2°C global temperature increase.
The Learning Lab offered a space to explore the organisational, behavioural and cultural barriers they experience in this work. Participants agreed that the greatest obstacles to climate finance were not technical, but reflected the need to build buy-in, identify allies and shift mindsets about the role of banks.