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The Power of Finance

Head of Climate Change at NatWest James Close discusses the power of finance in helping us make the transition to a lower carbon future.

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NatWest's James Close explains the power of finance in helping us make this transition to a lower carbon future.

James has been involved in climate change since hearing Al Gore give a speech in Sheffield on 'An Inconvenient Truth' and is Head of Climate Change at NatWest.

In this podcast, James discusses the huge amount of innovation over the past 18 months in the finance sector and the positive changes these are bringing. He also emphasises how policy makers, business and finance need to work together to beat climate change.

"What I've learnt working in this field for the last 15 years is that it really is a system problem," says James. "You've got to think of it in systemic terms. Which means that, for example, policy is very closely linked to finance, and finance is what nudges and changes behaviour."

This is the eighth episode in our 30 For Net Zero 30 series. In each episode, Ashurst Global Sustainability Partner Anna-Marie Slot speaks with climate action champions across the globe about real steps to take now towards 2030 goals.


Anna-Marie Slot
Partner, High Yield Debt
+44 20 7859 3724
Guest Speaker - James Close
Head of Climate Change at NatWest

The information provided is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to. Listeners should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.

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