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Ingrid Holmes

Ingrid was previously Director

Ingrid Holmes

Ingrid’s work focuses on accelerating reform of public and private finance to effectively address the financial, economic and climate crises.

She has over 10 year’s experience of working on climate change, energy policy and sustainable finance – with roles in Government, Parliament and asset management. Ingrid is interested in the interface between policy, finance and economics.

Ingrid has a strong interest in institutional and governance innovation to tackle climate change and sustainable development challenges. In 2010/2012 she led E3G’s work on making the case for, and advising on the design and set up, of the UK’s Green Investment Bank. In 2012/2013 she worked with a coalition of investors and NGOs to make the case for reform of the European Investment Bank’s (EIB’s) Energy Policy – which saw the EIB move to streamlining renewable energy and energy efficiency lending within its portfolio. It also introduced a world-first Emissions Performance Standard to screen out lending to the most polluting fossil fuel power generation in Europe. Her team currently focuses on the role of public banking reform to scale up low carbon investment in Mexico.

Since 2015 her interest has increasingly turned to the need for more systemic reform of the financial system to become more sustainable both in a UK and EU context. Reflecting this, in 2016 Ingrid was appointed a member of the UK Green Finance Initiative, a joint initiative of the City of London and HM Treasury. In 2017 she was appointed to the Secretariat of the UK Green Finance Taskforce.  The Green Finance Taskforce brings together senior leaders from the financial sector. It will work with industry to accelerate the growth of green finance, and help the UK deliver the investment required to meet its carbon reduction targets.

In 2016 Ingrid was also appointed a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance – an expert Group which has advised the European Commission on how to steer the flow of public and private capital towards sustainable investments; identify the steps that financial institutions and supervisors should take to protect the stability of the financial system from risks related to the environment; and deploy these policies on a pan-European scale.

Before joining E3G Ingrid was an Associate at Climate Change Capital, a boutique asset manager specialising in low carbon investment, where she led their UK and EU policy work. She has also worked as a Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; as an Energy and Environment Advisor at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and as Head of Policy at the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

Ingrid has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.