Remarks to OS-C Roundtable, September 13, 2018 in San Francisco, by Christiana Figueres, Paris Climate Agreement leader and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

VISION

OS-C is establishing an Open Source collaboration community to build a software platform that will dramatically boost global capital flows into climate change mitigation and resilience.

Through a non-profit, non-competitive organization, OS-C will aggregate the best available data, modeling, and computing and data science worldwide into an AI-enhanced physical-economic model that functions like an operating system, enabling powerful applications for climate-integrated investing in a world where the future will be very different from the past.

INVESTORS, COMPANIES, AND COMMUNITIES ARE OVEREXPOSED TO CLIMATE-RELATED RISK. . .

The OS-C technology platform will accelerate development of scenario-based predictive analytic tools and investment products that manage climate-related risk and finance climate solutions across every geography, sector, and asset class. The OS-C Open Source organization will enable alignment of the stakeholder community on priority data and modeling needs, focus shared resources on executing those priorities, and accelerate adoption.

. . .AND UNDEREXPOSED
TO CLIMATE-RELATED OPPORTUNITIES

GOAL

Our goal is to rapidly accelerate the shift of global investment away from relatively GHG-intensive and climate-vulnerable companies, technologies, and infrastructure into mitigation, resilience, and adaptation that is financially sustainable and high-impact — especially in developing countries — as well as to enable design of better policy that effectively engages capital markets in addressing climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE & OUR RESPONSES CREATE
SECULAR TRENDS THAT IMPACT EVERY SECTOR,
ASSET CLASS, & GEOGRAPHY

PROBLEM

Can not rigorously quantify the impact of most climate-related factors on risk and return, aside from carbon, energy prices, and a few policy drivers – failing to capture dozens of key variables in technology, public and private policy, resources, consumer and B2B preferences, climate and weather, and the macroeconomy.

MOST ANALYTICS & STRATEGIES
FAIL TO INTEGRATE MANY KEY FACTORS
BEYOND ENERGY & CARBON —
TECHNOLOGY, POLICY, RESOURCES, CONSUMER PREFERENCE,
CLIMATE AND WEATHER, & MACROECONOMICS

Interviews with 120+ representatives of asset owners, asset managers, and investment managers confirm immediate and growing need for better tools, driven by TCFD, France’s Article 172, UNPRI, CERES, shareholder resolutions, etc.

Investors, companies, and governments need to be able to predict the way climate-related changes will interact and affect economies, industries, companies, and assets.

BUT THE COST OF DATA, MODELING, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT,
AND COMPUTING FOR THE TOOLS THE MARKET NEEDS
ARE TOO HIGH FOR ANY FIRM TO DO IT ALONE

Solution

Through Open Source governance, collaboration structures, and licensing, OS-C is developing an AI-enhanced platform to fully integrate climate risk and opportunity factors into investment decision-making and accelerate creation by 3rd Parties of superior investment vehicles.

OPEN SOURCE PHYSICAL-ECONOMIC MODELS

GLOBAL DATA COMPENDIUM & DATA COMMONS

SCENARIO-BASED PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS