The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC combines the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. 

NRDC’s Green Finance Center (GFC) works to leverage finance and economics to accelerate the shift to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable financial system. The GFC team aims to accomplish this vision by promoting the catalytic use of public funds to rapidly scale private investment in climate solutions and pushing financial regulators to incorporate climate risk into the economy. 

 In our role as Secretariat of the Green Bank Network, NRDC facilitates information sharing and coordination among member banks and highlights the impact and best practices of GBN members. In addition to our work with the GBN, NRDC is working with partners to design a global support hub to help jurisdictions set up green banks, or similar climate finance institutions or facilities. Our work on financial regulation includes engagement with regulators to incorporate climate risk into banking oversight, internalize the largely unpriced risk of fossil fuel assets, and mandate climate disclosures in the securities market.  

The Green Finance Center’s work with financial regulators and public climate finance institutions utilizes market forces and financial tools to advance our climate goals. The collaboration between the GFC and the public and private sectors is spurring innovations to help economies adapt to a changing climate and build a more resilient and equitable system for the future.