Report Launch: Role of Ministries of Finance in driving and shaping the low-carbon transition

Date Monday 23 January 2023
Time 18:30 - 20:30
Smith Centre

Science Museum, London SW7 2DD


In January 2023, the Smith School and the Swedish Energy Agency are launching a major international report on the role of ministries of finance in driving and shaping the low-carbon transition. Ministries of Finance have a pivotal role to play in unlocking the required investment and innovation to achieve Net Zero. This report seeks to evaluate how they can harness their existing mandate to better drive and shape a low-carbon transition.


The report, which represents a collaboration between scholars from Oxford and LSE, including input from Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Professor Mariana Mazzucato will:

  • Underline the criticality of Ministries’ of Finance mandate to low-carbon policy interventions
  • Highlight how their current approaches and tools can be refined to better drive climate action
  • Advocate for the acceleration and expansion of action by Ministries of Finance
  • Outline recommendations for how Ministries of Finance can refine their existing approach to accelerate action and better manage the policy trade-offs

The reports findings will be discussed by a panel including:


Chris Skidmore, Chair, UK Net Zero review

Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University

Jo Tyndall, Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD

Rushanara Ali MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow

Creon Butler, Director, Global Economy and Finance Programme, Chatham House


Chaired by Pilita Clark, Associate Editor, Financial Times


For enquiries please contact events@smithschool.ox.ac.uk