The EIB, the EU’s climate bank, through the EIB Institute, is renewing its support to the Sciences Po European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition helping develop EIB Group’s thought-leadership in sustainable finance and promote academic dialogue with key stakeholders.

The EIB, one of the world’s main financiers of climate action and environmental sustainability, will contribute its expertise and experience to strengthen Sciences Po’s academic programmes on climate adaptation, sustainable development, energy and the energy transition.

The renewal agreement was signed on Wednesday in Luxembourg during the EIB Forum by Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President in charge of Climate, and Arancha González Laya, Dean of Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs.

Co-hosted by Sciences Po’s School of Public Affairs and Paris School of International Affairs, the European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition seeks to develop integrative thinking to help resolve complex challenges of sustainable development and climate transition together with its three co-sponsors, the EIB, Hermès and HSBC.

The Chair is directed by Professor Doctor Marc Ringel. It builds upon the academic excellence of Sciences Po with its global network of partner universities to promote academic dialogue and make recommendations to current and future policy makers all over the world.

The Chairholder is supported by a Scientific Committee which sets the strategic orientation of ​research, training, education, and outreach activities annually. The current external members of the Scientific Committee include Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (USA), Prof. Laurence Tubiana (France), Julia Marton-Lefèvre (France), Mechthild Woersdoerfer (European Commission) and Tim Gould (International Energy Agency).

The Institute has been a partner of Sciences Po, one of Europe’s leading universities, since 2015 through its capstones and Summer School programmes.

Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President, said: “Sustainable development and the climate transition are at the heart of the EU’s climate bank mission. Through our support and our expertise, we look forward to contributing to enrich knowledge building and knowledge dissemination on these critical issues with one of Europe’s leading universities.”

Shiva Dustdar, Director and Dean of the EIB Institute, said: ” Developing thought-leadership and foresight with our academic partners are key elements of the EIBI’s new strategy. The renewal of our support to Sciences Po’s European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition will pave the way for the exchange of new ideas and new initiatives to identify and develop solutions tackling today’s greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity.”

Arancha González Laya, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, commented: “This Chair is yet another expression of Sciences Po’s long-standing commitment to sustainable development and climate change. Having the European Investment  Bank – the world’s leading climate bank –  as a key partner, alongside HSBC and Hermès, illustrates the strategic dimension of the work carried out under the Chair. This partnership also reflects the wealth-generating link between education and research, which is meaningful for policy-makers as well as for students, especially those of our Paris School of International Affairs and our School of Public Affairs.”