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January 28, 2021

From Bogotá to Brussels: Greetings from 2DII

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Chinese, American, French, Colombian, British, Dutch…The 2° Investing Initiative teams wish you a Happy New Year 2021.

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This year promises to be a critical one for 2DII and for the sustainable finance sector at large, as we progress on our key research initiatives and prepare for the milestone of COP26.

Following the successful launch in 2020 of MeinFairMögen (“MyFairMoney”), a first-of-its-kind sustainable investing platform for German consumers, we are preparing to launch similar platforms in additional European countries this year. Building on our work with the European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), as well as supervisors in Switzerland, France, Colombia, and more, we will also collaborate on scenario analysis and stress testing with regulators across Europe, Asia, North and South America. Finally, after the launch of PACTA for Banks last September, we are working on a number of new methodologies and tools for financial institutions. This forms part of our longer-term efforts to boost sustainable finance at every level, from individual to institutional.

As we approach our 10th anniversary, we are also reorganizing our activities in order to better meet the challenges ahead. In December, 2DII announced the creation of five core research programs: PACTA/Climate Scenario Analysis, Impact, Retail Investing, Long-Term Financial Supervision & Risk Management, and Emerging Markets, as well as a separate team focused on new, cutting-edge research developments. Each research program will be led by a dedicated research head, allowing us to adapt to our growth as we approach the milestone of 40 staff members.

These efforts come in the context of what will be a critical year for green finance, with milestones ahead such as the implementation of the first European legislation on sustainable finance; the European Central Bank’s new requirement for all banks to conduct climate stress tests by 2022; not to mention COP26.

We look forward to the work ahead and thank you all for your support over the past years!

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