Mainstreaming climate and environment in economic decision-making

Chatham House


Ambitious policy-making is required to mitigate climate change. This project equips current and future leaders in the world’s ministries of finance, economy and business with knowledge about the state of the global climate and environment, the interconnectedness between the climate and the economy, and insights into new growth models.

The aim is to enable leaders to move beyond traditional economic measures and thinking, allowing them to develop the policies needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and achieve sustainable development.

Given the urgency of climate change, the transformation towards sustainability must become a cross-government agenda, supported and enabled by progressive ministries of finance and economy, which have maximal influence on government policies. For this to happen, the next generation of leaders must understand how the challenges related to climate and the environment will affect their time in power and define their legacies.

The project brings together current and future leaders from a variety of countries, establishing a sense of shared ownership of problems and solutions that cut across national borders and traditional political divisions. In the process, the participants are equipped with the necessary tools, concepts, language and capacities needed to advance a mainstream economic agenda for climate and sustainable development.


Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Its mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. With this project, Chatham House aims to:

  • Enhance current and future leaders’ understanding of climate and environmental challenges
  • Promote new kinds of environmental leadership
  • Lay the groundwork for ambitious environmental policy-making


Chatham House

Mainstreaming Climate and Environment in Finance Ministries

Programme Area:
Sustainable Finance


DKK 1,941,543