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James Mitchell

James Mitchell

  • Climate Aligned Industries
  • Climate-Aligned Finance

James Mitchell (he/him) is a Director at the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance and a Principal at RMI. A practitioner and thought leader with deep expertise in climate, sustainable finance, and industry, he works to align capital with climate targets through innovative research and ambitious cross-sector collaborations.


James led the development of the Poseidon Principles, which launched in June 2019 as the first global climate-alignment agreement for financial institutions, and he serves as an advisor to the Poseidon Principles Association today. His thinking and research on climate risk spanning several industries is incorporated into the strategies of some of the world’s largest funds and financial institutions and has been featured globally in publications including the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, and many others. James previously held roles at Carbon War Room and the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme.


M.Sc., Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
B.A., Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude), University of Missouri–Kansas City
B.M., Cello Performance, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, Missouri


London, UK

Authored Works
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Sustainable Ship Loans Set Sail

We cannot overstate how crucial oceans are to sustaining human life. They produce over half of the world's oxygen and absorb 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. The maritime shipping sector, however, generates around 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change is causing ocean acidification, killing coral reefs, and lowering ocean oxygen levels. Decarbonizing shipping is deeply linked to preserving our oceans.


A Year at Sea: The Poseidon Principles and the Possibilities of Sectoral Decarbonization

It’s the moment climate finance professionals live for: when an idea—an initiative—is turned into real world action by real world actors. A year after the Poseidon Principles were signed, 15 banking signatories have today disclosed their ship loan portfolios’ climate alignment scores for 2019. The release of the inaugural Poseidon Principles Climate Alignment Report allows us to reflect on the progress the…