EVENTS

29 10, 2019

CONFERENCE: Beyond Alignment: Monitoring the financing of the energy transition

When? November 28th 2019 from 10am to 1pm
Where? La Fabrique Événementielle, 52 ter Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

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During Paris for Tomorrow week, 2°ii and Beyond Ratings are organizing an event on November 28th, 2019 to discuss the financing of the energy transition and launch the Climate Tech Compass, which allows you to map country level sectoral technology pathways consistent with a 2°C scenario, as well as explicit investment options in climate relevant sectors. The audience will be invited to participate in panel discussions on the following topics:

1. Transition strategies: How can we accelerate the energy transition through innovative investment strategies and products?
2. Transition monitoring: What are the indicators and tools available to track progress and ensure our actions are taking us toward greater alignment with the Paris Climate Goals?

Why attend?

  • Learn about the new online platform, the Climate Tech Compass, developed by Beyond Ratings and 2°ii
  • Hear from financial institutions leading the way in terms of investment strategies and metrics to track progress for financing the energy transition, as well as NGOs pushing the ambition of climate-aligned finance
  • Participate in envisioning next steps to make progress on financing a low-carbon economy

What is it about?

This event will mark the launch of Climate Tech Compass, developed in partnership with Beyond Ratings as part of an EIT Climate-KIC project. The platform will enable key stakeholders to map the technology transition and investments necessary to achieve the 2°C target. The data is available at country and sector level, therefore allows the integration into key stakeholders’ operational process and investment decisions.

We invite participants of this event to imagine, discuss and reflect on the progress required in the coming years as well as innovative strategies, actions or metrics that can take us there. The panel discussions and the Climate Tech Compass platform launch will be followed by a buffet and time for further conversation.

Agenda

10h00 – 10h45 : Financing the Transition: How can we accelerate the energy transition through innovative investment strategies and products?

10h45 – 11h15: Launch of the Climate Tech Compass platform 
Live demo of the platform and Q&As

11h15 – 12h: Monitoring the Transition: What are the indicators and tools available to track progress and ensure our actions are taking us towards greater alignment with the Paris Climate Goals?

12h – 13h: Buffet Lunch and Networking

23 10, 2019

WEBINAR: Enhancing Transparency & Aligning Private Financial Flows with the Paris Agreement

When? On November 11, 2019 from 14.00 to 15.00 (CEST)

This technical webinar will focus on how to use the PACTA model to measure the alignment of equity/corporate bond portfolios and global bank loans with the Paris Agreement. Free and open-source, the PACTA methodology analyses exposure to climate change-related sectors in equity and fixed-income portfolios over multiple scenarios – and compares it with scenarios needed for a climate-safe transition. More than 1,500 financial institutions worldwide have already applied the methodology on over $10 trillion in assets under management.

The webinar comes in the context of our support for the Swiss and Dutch government-led initiative, announced at the UN Climate Action Pre-Summit 2019, to help align private financial flows with the Paris Agreement. As part of this initiative, governments (national or sub-national), including some of the world’s biggest financial hubs, and financial institutions are committing to monitor their climate impact and their alignment with the 1.5°C temperature goal. Committed governments and financial institutions will enjoy a number of free benefits, including the chance to participate in testing the enhanced version of the PACTA methodology in 2020.

Speakers

  • Jakob Thomä, Managing Director at 2° Investing Initiative
  • Silvia Ruprecht, Senior climate policy advisor in the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Access the webinar recording here.

To learn more about the PACTA methodology and its role in the Swiss/NL Initiative, please see https://www.transitionmonitor.com/pacta-2020/ or contact transitionmonitor@2degrees-investing.org

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Life NGO programme under grant agreement No GIC/FR/00061 PACTA

16 10, 2019

Event: International Climate Reporting Awards Ceremony

Brune POIRSON, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, is delighted to invite you to the ceremony for the second edition of the International Climate Reporting Awards in presence of Olivier GUERSENT, Director General of DG FISMA, and Arnaud LEROY, ADEME CEO and Thomas LESUEUR, Commissioner-General for sustainable Development.

In addition to announcing the winners, a series of high-level conversations and panels will provide an overview of some of the key reporting drivers, best practices and challenges which international financial institutions are currently working on.

The Awards build on the French Article 173, European Action Plan and TCFD guidelines aims to stimulate innovation and recognize the best climate reporting practices of international financial institutions.

The 2019 awards are awarded by an independent jury and will highlight collective efforts and knowledge across different institutions and regions.

To register for the event, please click here.

15 09, 2019

Event: Bridging the Gap – from Portfolio Alignment to Impact

The 2° Investing Initiative is delighted to invite you to:
BRIDGING THE GAP:
FROM PORTFOLIO ALIGNMENT TO IMPACT

Technical discussion on evidence-based and impact-oriented targets

When? September 24th 2019 – from 9am to 12pm
Where? ING Financial District office
1133 Avenue of the Americas, 9th Floor New York, NY 10036

2° Investing Initiative will bring together experts from the banking sector to discuss ways to build understanding of impact-oriented climate commitments. The audience will be invited to participate in a debate on the technical challenges to applying these target-setting and tracking concepts for banks and review a way forward.

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27 08, 2019

Climate Tools Workshop, Sept. 9, 2019: Aligning Climate Targets, Pledges and Actions of Financial Institutions and Corporations with the Paris Agreement

2° Investing Initiative and Beyond Ratings, with support from the Institut Louis Bachelier, are delighted to invite you to:

Climate Tools Workshop: Aligning Climate Targets, Pledges and Actions of Financial Institutions and Corporations with the Paris Agreement 

When? 9 September 2019 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Where? Palais Brongniart 16 place de la Bourse 75002 Paris

2° Investing Initiative will bring together asset owners, asset managers and technical experts to discuss ways to foster interaction between investors and companies, develop a more comprehensive understanding of their needs for climate-related tools, as well as showcase and gather feedback on existing and emerging tools.

Since COP21, climate alignment target-setting by investors and banks has evolved into a popular concept accepted by mainstream financial institutions and governments.

However, until now, target-setting has mostly been seen by large financial institutions as a way to measure changes in the climate assessment of their portfolio by improving the value of the underlying indicator to communicate on progress, rather than one to drive impact in the real economy.

In order to drive actual impact but also to comply with marketing regulations, it is critical to establish market standards on:

What is a relevant target from a technical perspective? (discussion on current target frameworks)
How to evaluate investment and impact opportunities triggered by the Paris Agreement objectives?
How to measure and report progress toward climate targets?How to implement a climate strategy and what existing tools can support investors’ actions?

A number of our own ongoing initiatives are related to those issues, notably the following:

  • The creation of a comprehensive PACTA climate toolkit with new functionalities such as a target-setting simulator, company reports consultation module, stress testing excel tool
  • The development of a model to identify investment opportunities arising under a 2°C carbon budget in partnership with Beyond Ratings, now part of the Information Services Division (ISD) of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).

Why attend ?

  • Learn from industry experts on existing and emerging climate-related tools
  • Hear from investors and corporates on how these tools are shaping their actions
  • Influence the development of emerging tools and methodologies for measuring the impact of climate actions

Programme

16h50 – 17h: Welcome
17h – 17h20: Introduction: Shifting the economy toward the objectives of the Paris Agreement
17h20 – 17h50: Support technology pathways assessment within the Financial sector: Presentation of the methodology & concept, functionalities and case study
17h50 – 18h10: Q&A and roundtable discussion
18h10 – 18h40: Setting decarbonisation targets for Institutional Investors: Deep dive into PACTA target setting module, methodology and concept
18h40 – 19h: Q&A and roundtable discussion

The workshop will be followed by an hour of networking drinks organized at Chai Brongniart 33 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris.

Speakers

Simon Messenger, France and UK Director, 2°investing Initiative
Rodolphe Bocquet, CEO, Beyond Ratings
Emeric Nicolas, Head of Data Science and Systems, Beyond Ratings
Emmeline Stein, Analyst, 2° Investing Initiative

To register, please email comms [at] 2degrees-investing.org

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 programme under grant agreement 785087

 

13 06, 2019

A new year gift from the 2° Investing Initiative Copy

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.

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.

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.