Marsh introduces head of sustainability, climate change strategy

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Global insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh has announced the appointment of Amy Barnes to the newly created role of head of sustainability and climate change strategy, effective April 01. Barnes will relocate to London from Houston and report to Lucy Clarke, president of Marsh JLT Specialty and Global Placement.

In her new role, Barnes will lead Marsh’s global strategy on the development of climate and sustainability-related initiatives for clients, with a specific focus on the impact of a changing physical risk landscape, improving access to capital for green initiatives, and a more thorough understanding of climate-related project risk. She will also participate in Marsh & McLennan’s Sustainability and Climate Change programme.

Barnes currently serves as US and Canada energy and power leader at Marsh JLT Specialty. She joined Marsh in 2001 as an environmental consultant, and has held a number of senior international and risk advisory positions in both the UK and the US during her time with the company.

“Marsh is investing significantly in expanding its capabilities to support clients in achieving their climate and sustainability-related goals,” Clarke said. “Amy’s extensive experience working in the global energy and power sector, combined with her understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our clients, makes her the ideal choice to lead our climate change and sustainability efforts.”

“The long-term wellbeing of our society and the future strength of the global economy all depend on our collective commitment to building a more sustainable environment,” Barnes said. “As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a tremendous opportunity for organisations to place sustainability and climate change at the heart of their resilience. I look forward to working with our clients and colleagues as we transition to a more environmentally sustainable future.”

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