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Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (PACTA) Project

In 2016, the Paris Agreement defined the global objective of making financial flows consistent with the commitment to limit global warming to well below 2°C (Art. 2.1c). However, pilot studies suggest that the behaviour of institutional investors around the globe will lead to global warming of well beyond 4°C, resulting in major environmental upheavals.

The Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (PACTA) project helps address this gap, providing policymakers and financial supervisors with the tools they need to align financial flows with the Paris Agreement’s goals.

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PACTA for Emerging Markets

Since the launch of our online PACTA tool in September 2018, there has been significant uptake, with more than 800 users testing more than 4,500 portfolios as of mid-2019. However, most interest thus far has been concentrated in the US, UK, and other major developed markets, with relatively less knowledge of the tool in emerging markets. To address this issue, with support from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry, 2°ii launched the PACTA for Emerging Markets project in July 2018. The goal is to help promote the PACTA tool in emerging economies, providing policymakers, regulators, institutional […]

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 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.

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Investor Energy-Climate Action Toolkit (InvECAT)

Helping non-state actors set and implement climate change action strategies

Currently, non-state actors (NSAs), particularly companies and financial institutions, have limited ability to assess how their energy- and climate-related commitments will contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement, and how to set targets that are aligned with these goals. For instance, companies frequently lack visibility on climate strategies and regulations at the sectoral level, which reduces their willingness to invest in low-carbon technologies. Meanwhile, institutional investors lack standard metrics to select companies whose technological mix/emission pathways are best aligned with a 2°C target.

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National Climate & Technology Investment Pathways (NCTIP)

According to the OECD, meeting the 2°C scenario will require $6.9 trillion annual investments in infrastructure until 2030, versus $6.3 trillion annual investments in a business-as-usual scenario. These investments require precise alignment among governments, corporates, and investors.

However, several important factors hinder efforts to channel investments towards low carbon pathways. For instance, governments frequently lack the referential frameworks and tools to develop national climate strategies (national determined contributions, or NDCs) that are consistent with the 2°C scenario. Likewise, corporates often lack visibility on public climate strategy at national sectoral level, which weighs on their confidence in investing in low carbon […]

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 run-time is from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2020.

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International Awards for Climate-Related Disclosures by Financial Institutions

One of the cornerstones of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), as well as governmental regulations such as Article 173 of France’s Law on Energy Transition for Green Growth, center on the need for financial institutions to disclose climate-related risks. However, many financial institutions continue to apply these recommendations haphazardly, with a wide range in terms of the quality and amount of information provided.

Building on their inaugural edition in 2016 and recent international developments in the field of climate-related reporting, the International Awards for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures offer the opportunity for financial institutions to showcase leading practices, […]

New ISO Standard on climate change and the finance sector: 14097

While sustainable finance is a growing field, standards for measuring, reporting, and other frameworks are still in their infancy. Without agreed-upon standards, investing and financing activities related to climate change run the risk of “green-washing,” leaving investors and regulators with little information about the impact of their activities.

ISO (International Standards Organization) Standard 14097 was proposed by the French national standardization body, AFNOR, and approved by ballot in January 2017. The conveners are Stanislas Dupré, CEO of 2°ii, and Massamba Thoiye, Manager of the Sustainable Development Mechanism Program of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its objective is […]

Company Reports Project

One of the key recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) focuses on the need for investors to perform scenario analysis, to understand the risks of different climate-related scenarios on their business. However, this recommendation is not being applied consistently, notably by companies in the energy and transportation sectors.

To raise the consistent implementation of this recommendation, 2°ii launched the Company Reports project in 2019. The project targets companies in the utility and automotive sectors that form part of the Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) target group, an investor initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse […]

Science-Based Targets Initiative for Financial Institutions (SBTI FI)

Launched in 2018, the Science-Based Targets Initiative for Financial Institutions (SBTI FI) is the first and only initiative in the world developing science-based target setting methodologies, tools, and implementation guidelines for key asset classes covering financial institutions’ main business activities. Targeting banks, pension funds, insurance companies and public financial institutions, the initiative seeks to ensure that the targets set support the transition to a low-carbon economy. As knowledge partner of the initiative, 2°ii is leading the methodology development together with Navigant Consulting. The World Resources Institute (WRI) is the managing partner of the project.

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Japan Energy Transition Initiative (JETI)

The Japan Energy Transition Initiative (JETI) is a collaboration of global and Japanese knowledge providers dedicated to accelerating the energy transition among business, finance and policy makers in Japan. JETI will address key global climate and energy issues relevant to Japan in a manner that is ahead of the curve and focused on specific outcomes leading to accelerated decarbonisation.

JETI will work with Japanese and global partners to curate cutting edge events and knowledge transfers and facilitate relevant research streams. Its secretariat will be based within the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Tokyo, will be fully multilingual and supported […]

Aiming for Impact Project

The Aiming for Impact project, funded by the KR Foundation and the French Ministry of the Environment (ADEME), centres on the impact of investment-related climate actions. So far, most of these actions have focused on requesting better disclosure of company activities, and are likely to have only marginal impact on investment plans.
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Sustainable Energy Investment (SEI) Metrics Project

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

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Energy Transition Risk (ET Risk) Project

2016 saw the official launch of the Energy Transition (ET) Risk project , 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 developed a toolbox for energy transition risk assessment – reference scenarios for financial analysis including 2°C scenario analysis, ET risk data, as well as financial models. The project was funded by the European Commission H2020 programme.

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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. […]

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 […]

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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 decision-making 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.

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ABOUT US

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

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CONTACT US

We look forward to starting a conversation with you! You can find all the ways to contact us below:

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

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

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

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