ECB appoints chief for newly created climate change centre
European Central Bank (ECB) has created a climate change centre, to shape and steer its climate agenda, which will be headed by Irene Heemskerk from 15 June 2021. “The climate change centre will focus the ECB’s efforts to address climate change,” said ECB President Christine Lagarde. She added that Heemskerk has the expertise to strengthen the ECB’s role in the fight against climate change within its mandate.
Heemskerk, who will directly report to ECB’s president, is a sustainability fellow at the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. Until recently, Heemskerk was the chair of the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) at Dutch central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank, from December 2017 to December 2020.
Prior to that, she held several key positions at the bank, including secretary to the supervisory board and legal counsel. She has also worked as a project manager on the revision of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code at the Ministry of Economic Affairs between October 2014 to December 2016. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Union for Conservation of Nature for their Finance for Nature initiative.