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KliFin-Scanner: Climate finance product scanner for retail investors and banks

The Climate Finance Product Scanner for retail investors and banks (KliFin-Scanner) is developing a questionnaire on non-financial objectives for retail investors. The questionnaire will enable retail investors to create an investment profile based on their individual extra-financial objectives. This can then be matched to financial products. The questionnaire and matching software will be integrated in a website available to all retail investors in Germany. It will be open-source and available as a white label solution that can be integrated into banks’ infrastructure. The project runtime is from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2020.


Aiming for Impact Project

The Aiming for Impact project, funded by the KR Foundation and the French environmental agency ADEME, places the impact of investment-related climate actions on the agenda. So far, most actions have focused on requesting better disclosure of company activities, and are likely to have only marginal impact on investment plans.

SEI Metrics Project

2016 saw the launch of the SEI Metrics Projects, which provides a free and open-source portfolio test for listed equity portfolios. Over 200 institutional investors around the world have signed up to test their portfolios, including large asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies, banks, and sovereign wealth funds. Since its launch, over 2,000 portfolios have been tested for 2°C alignment with over $3 trillion in assets under management.


Tragedy of the Horizon Project

A key challenge to assessing long-term and climate-related risks involves what Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, called “the tragedy of the horizon”. Long-term liabilities and assets face a ‘valley of death’ in terms of the time horizons underlying capital allocation decisions in financial markets. As a response, we have initiated the ‘Tragedy of the Horizon’ research program to quantify time horizons in the investment chain and elevate long-term risk assessments in financial markets.


Energy Transition Risk (ET Risk) Project

2016 saw the official launch of the Energy Transition Risk project (ET Risk), a EUR2.2 million project involving S&P Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Oxford University, Kepler-Cheuvreux, CO-Firm, I4CE, and the Carbon Tracker Initiative. The project seeks to develop the toolbox of energy transition risk assessment – reference scenarios for financial analysis including a 2°C scenario analysis, ET risk data, as well as financial models. The project is funded by the European Commission H2020 programme.


2° Invest Award Project

The International Award on Investor Climate-related Disclosures (2° Invest Award) is an initiative organized by the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the 2° Investing Initiative. The award is  designed to enable the fostering of innovation and promotion of existing best-practices in climate disclosure aligned with the requirements of Article 173-VI of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Law. […]

PACTA Project

The overall long-term targeted impacts of the PACTA project can be summarised by two key objectives:

Impact washing gets a free ride

With its Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, the European Commission set the ambitious goal of “reorienting capital flows toward sustainable investment”. This objective seems ideally aligned with the strong momentum of impact-related concerns as […]

Financing the ‘Clean Billion’: The role of investors and policymakers in solving the climate innovation puzzle

From shifting the trillions to addressing the billions. There is a growing narrative and traction among investors around contributing to financing the transition to a low-carbon economy. While partly motivated by questions around financial risk, […]

Storm ahead: A proposal for a climate stress-test scenario

This report provides guidelines for building an adverse climate scenario that can be used by financial supervisors as inputs into either traditional or climate-specific stress-tests of regulated entities. The […]


Our Theory

Connecting the dots between climate goals, investment frameworks, and financial policies

The financial sector (institutional investors, banks, and financial service providers) plays a key role in the reallocation of capital in line with 2°C climate goals. We call this mobilization and the related changes in investment frameworks ‘2° investing.’ The role of the financial sector in this mobilization can be mapped as follows:

Supplying investment capital to make the 2° transition happen: Financial institutions and policy makers influence the supply of capital for both ‘green’ and ‘brown’ activities through their decisions framework

Anticipating changes in the demand of capital: The introduction of more stringent carbon policies, new technologies, and the potential development of climate litigation will change the risk-adjusted returns of different financial assets, creating financial risk and opportunity.



The 2° Investing Initiative [2°ii – pronounced “Two Degrees Investing Initiative”] is a multi-stakeholder think tank working to align the financial sector with 2°C climate goals. Our research and engagement activities seek to:

  • Align investment processes of financial institutions with 2°C climate scenarios

  • Develop the metrics and tools to measure the climate performance of financial institutions

  • Mobilize regulatory and policy incentives to shift capital to energy transition financing



We look forward to starting a conversation with you and hearing your thoughts, ideas and comments! You can find all the ways to contact us below:

97 rue La Fayette, 75010 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 42 81 19 97

Schönhauser Allee 188, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 44318588

New York
205 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, USA

40 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD, UK
Tel: +44 7492 397120