64 minutes | Aug 12, 2020

Ep4: Barbara Buchner 'Counting the Climate Cash'

How much is being invested in climate action around the world? Where and in which sectors are the investments concentrated? How much is needed to get us on track for net zero? If it wasn’t for our Episode 4 guest, Barbara Buchner, it would be impossible to answer these questions. 

Barbara Buchner is Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative which publishes the hugely influential annual Global Landscape for Climate Finance and runs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance which has helped mobilize over 2 billion US dollars for sustainable development in developing countries over the past seven years. In 2014 the International Council for Science named Barbara one of the 20 most influential women in climate change and one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy. She is also the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance. Barbara built and directs the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power), and the OECD. Previously Barbara worked as an analyst and researcher at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at MIT. Originally from Austria, Barbara is based out of San Francisco (Austrian living in California engaged in climate policy – sounds familiar?) 




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Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development.

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