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Elizabeth Harnett

Elizabeth Harnett

Senior Associate
  • Climate Aligned Industries
  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Harnett is a Senior Associate with the Climate-Aligned Industries team and RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. Her work focuses on enabling financial institutions to align their investment and lending decisions with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the net-zero transition.

Background

Prior to joining RMI, Lizzy worked as a lead researcher at the Oxford Sustainable Finance Program within the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. In this role she contributed to both academic research and teaching on sustainable finance topics. She also spent two years seconded part time from Oxford to the secretariat of the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund and One Planet Asset Managers initiatives. As Technical Advisor to the groups, she supported 34 financial institutions with $30 trillion in assets under management to better integrate climate-related risks and opportunities into their investment decision-making.

Education

D.Phil., Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

M.Phil., Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

B.A., Geography, University of Oxford

Location

London

Authored Works
Blog

Clearing the AIR: Introducing a Climate Alignment, Impact, and Risk Toolbox for Financial Institutions

A growing number of financial institutions have made net-zero commitments in the lead-up to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. On their own and through the various initiatives under the umbrella of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, these financial institutions are stepping up their climate ambition. Yet once they make pledges, financial institutions often struggle to navigate the plethora of tools, frameworks, and platforms designed to help measure and manage an institution’s environmental footprint and…