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3 04, 2019

Announcement: 2° Investing Initiative is now a GRESB industry partner

We are delighted to announce that 2° Investing Initiative just became a GRESB industry partner and now belongs to the GRESB Strategic Alliance Partnership!

In the scope of our collaboration with Beyond Ratings, we are currently developing a platform for national climate technology and investment transition pathways. This model will cover 10 sectors, including Real Estate*, and will fill an essential market gap in providing, at a country level, sectoral technology pathways consistent with 2°C scenarios. Such technology road maps respond to the existing market demand of governments and investors and support corporate needs to better grasp how they can plan technological investments with regards to climate performance.

When looking for industry partners in the Real Estate sector, we identified GRESB as a leader for sustainability-related data, and connection between our two organisations was natural in terms of mission alignment on sustainability and climate topics. We are looking forward to our collaboration with GRESB in the next months!

* Other sectors already covered in the 2°ii database include: Coal production, Oil&Gas production, Power generation, Aviation, Cement, Shipping, Steel, Automotive, Agriculture (ongoing)

13 02, 2019

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

This report provides guidelines to build 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 report has been designed to cover the key metrics and indicators found in traditional stress-tests, integrating both risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy as well as physical risks in a +4°C / +6°C world. The report provides both insights into key indicators needed in the context of climate stress-tests or scenario analysis, the values they would take in the context of transition risk and physical risk analysis based on the existing literature, options for modelling these indicators moving forward, and example applications developed by the 2° Investing Initiative.

Full Report

4 01, 2019

A new year gift from the 2° Investing Initiative

Dear Friends and members of the 2° Investing Initiative,

We are launching a new excel-based tool that will allow financial institutions to define scenario-based targets for their portfolio allocation and engagement actions.

Financial institutions using the tool simply have to input their current portfolio exposure – sourcing data from the PACTA website or any data provider in the market – to figure out where their portfolio should be headed to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The goal of the tool is to support financial institutions in understanding science-based climate targets under the PACTA model and to apply them using a data provider and data inputs of their choice, independent of the PACTA online tool (Link).

As always, look forward to your comments, feedback, and questions.

Wishing you all the best for 2019 from the entire 2° Investing Initiative team.

19 12, 2018

Appointment to FRC Future of Corporate Reporting Advisory Group

We are pleased to announce that Simon Messenger has been appointed to the UK Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Future of Corporate Reporting Advisory Group.
The group will provide input and give advice to the FRC as it develops its project on the future of corporate reporting.

Simon Messenger

Simon Messenger

Simon Messenger, Director for France and the UK at the 2° Investing Initiative, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this advisory group. It is a major project for the UK financial reporting community, which will lead to a number of recommendations for changes to regulation and practice. We look forward to contributing our own experience, in particular with regard to various European corporate reporting directives and scenario analysis disclosure, in order to shape global regulatory practices.”

The group comprises of representatives from the FRC’s major stakeholder groups – companies, investors, civil society groups, academics, auditors, audit committee chairs, lawyers and design agencies. Members of the group have been selected to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of members from different backgrounds.

You can find the FRC’s press release here.

The FRC sets the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes, as well as UK standards for accounting and actuarial work. It monitors and takes action to promote the quality of corporate reporting and operates independent enforcement arrangements for accountants and actuaries. The FRC also sets auditing and ethical standards and enforces audit quality.

 

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13 12, 2018

Climate impact: What it is and how to achieve it

Financial market participants have been recently in the spotlight when it comes to climate change. After years of pressure by the divestment campaigns, targeted by regulators and building internal capacity, the investment community has embarked to address climate change with their investments.
There is, however, still a bit of confusion when investors talk about “decarbonization”. Some refer to decarbonizing their portfolios and mean de-risking them against the regulatory and physical effects of climate change. Others refer to decarbonizing the real economy and mean the impact that their investments can have on the climate.

This paper is addressing the latter: How can investors have an impact on the climate across different asset classes. This will be discussed for multiple forms of equity investment instruments, such as listed equity, Private Equity, Venture Capital and real asset investments. It will also cover debt investment instruments such as bonds and loans.

Full Report

1 11, 2018

Seine, sunrise and sea levels – A breakfast boat cruise on climate scenario analysis

The 2° Investing Initiative is pleased to invite you to a Finance for Tomorrow week-affiliated event:

 

Seine, sunrise and sea levels

A breakfast boat cruise on climate scenario analysis

 

When? Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 7.45am for departure at 8.00am

Where? Embarcadere Quai de l’horloge – Boat: Henri IV

Since the Paris Agreement, demand from the investment community has been rising significantly to understand how their portfolios contribute to limiting global warming to well under 2°C. How much do their actions contribute to global warming or the mitigation of it? How aligned are their portfolios with the trajectories required by the International Energy Agency? A number of tools, initiatives and frameworks support investors, but how do they actually work in practice?

Come and join us for a breakfast boat cruise on the Seine to find out more about climate scenario analysis in real life and hear from industry experts on how they are tackling the issue.

Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner, and Leon Wijnands, ING’s Global Head of Sustainability, will discuss their own approaches to scenario analysis and some of their initial results. Simon Messenger, Head of Corporate and Investor Engagement at the 2° Investing Initiative, will present findings from our latest research and work, as well as discuss future trends.

 

AGENDA

7.45am Arrival of guests

8.00am Departure of boat and breakfast

8.15am Scenario analysis and real-life application:

1) Scenario analysis in practice

State of California: Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner

2) Scenario analysis in practice

Project Terra: Leon Wijnands, ING’s Global Head of Sustainability

3) Presentation of research, findings and PACTA tool

Simon Messenger, Director, 2° Investing Initiative

9.00am Networking

9.30am Return to Pont Neuf

Let us know if you need any help in getting back to the Climate Finance Day venue.

 

I will attend this event

 

We look forward to seeing you in Paris.

Your 2° Investing Initiative Team

 

This conference is part of the official programme of Finance for Tomorrow week.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Life programme under grant agreement LIFE16/GIC/FR/000061

You can reach us at: comms@2degrees-investing.org

30 10, 2018

Can low-carbon benchmarks save the planet?

As a follow-up to the EU’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, the European Commission has published a legislative proposal on low-carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks.

The 2° Investing Initiative and WWF are hosting an event to bring together market experts and policymakers to discuss the best way forward to shape the benchmark regulation and contribute to climate mitigation in Brussels on 26 November 2018.

The event is by invitation only. The agenda can be found here.

2 10, 2018

Webinar recording on climate scenario analysis and our PACTA tool

A recording of the webinar from 8 October 2018, in which you can hear from the Principles for Responsible Investment, the Insurance Commissioner of California and us about climate scenario analysis and the PACTA tool we have developed to assess the alignment of investor portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement, is now available here.