The Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) announced today the appointment of Irene Heemskerk as Head of the new ECB climate change centre.

The climate change center was established earlier this year to bring together the work on climate issues in different parts of the bank. The role of the center is to shape and steer the ECB’s climate agenda internally and externally, building on the expertise of all teams already working on climate-related topics.

Heemskerk joins the ECB from the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation, where she currently works as a Sustainability Fellow. Between 2017 and 2020 she served at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) as Advisor to the Chair of the Network for Greening the Financial System, and also held the position of Policy Advisor on Climate Risks and Sustainability at DNB. Heemskerk will begin her new role at the ECB in June 2021, and will report to ECB President Christine Lagarde.

Lagarde said:

“The climate change centre will focus the ECB’s efforts to address climate change. Irene Heemskerk brings the experience, knowledge and enthusiasm required to lead the climate change centre’s work and to strengthen the ECB’s role in the fight against climate change within its mandate.”