Providing access to large datasets in the cloud helps researchers and innovators address a wide range of sustainability challenges.
ASDI datasets from a wide range of public sector and academic sources include weather forecast models, weather observation, climate change, energy, land hydrology, ocean forecast models, air quality, earth observations, natural, social, and economic indicators, biodiversity.
Climate change Laws of the World (CCLW) is the most comprehensive resource available on national climate laws and policies globally. Developed by the Grantham Research Institute (GRI) at the London School of Economics since 2010, CCLW maintains an open access database which currently documents more than 1800 laws and policies of 200 national governments, as well as more than 300 climate related litigation cases in more than 30 countries. It is maintained by a team of multi-lingual researchers at GRI, in collaboration with the Sabin Center of Climate Change Law at Columbia Laws School. Climate Change Laws of the World covers national-level climate change laws, policies, strategies and action plans passed by national legislative and executive branches globally.. All data is open access and downloadble.
The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) is a global initiative led by asset owners and supported by asset managers, established in January 2017. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is TPI’s academic partner. It has developed the assessment framework, provides company assessments, and hosts the online tool. FTSE Russell is TPI’s data partner. FTSE Russell is a leading global provider of benchmarking, analytics solutions and indices. The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) provides a secretariat to TPI. PRI is an international network of investors implementing the six Principles for Responsible Investment.
Aimed at investors, it assesses companies’ progress on the transition to a low-carbon economy, supporting efforts to address climate change. Over 70 investors globally have already pledged support for the TPI; jointly they represent nearly US$19 trillion combined Assets Under Management and Advice.
TPI currently assesses 332 companies across 16 sectors with a high impact on climate change (e.g. in the energy, transportation, manufacturing sectors). Using companies’ publicly disclosed data, TPI:
Sovereign Environmental, Social, And Governance Data Portal
The World Bank Group (WBG) has been collaborating with investors and other market participants to provide financial markets with improved sovereign ESG data and analytics that increase transparency around countries’ sustainability performance. This Sovereign ESG Data Portal is part of the work supported by the Global Program on Sustainability (GPS), which aims to provide governments and investors with information and tools that improve their understanding of sustainability criteria, including through natural capital accounting. Providing improved ESG data to the financial sector is a key component of the Incentives pillar of GPS, which is led by the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice in collaboration with the World Bank Treasury, Country Credit Risk Group and other groups.
The Sovereign ESG Data Framework incorporates data relevant to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Framework organizes data into themes the World Bank considers to be crucial for financial sector representatives to consider when assessing the contribution of investments or policies to sustainable development. The data set will evolve over time.
GeoAsset Project of the Spatial Finance Initiative
Good asset-level data tied to ownership information is fundamental for unlocking the potential of spatial finance. The Spatial Finance Initiative’s GeoAsset Project is a public goods endeavour focused on making accurate, comparable, and comprehensive asset-level data tied to ownership publicly available across all major sectors and geographies. This work is a core part of SFI’s mission to mainstream geospatial data and analysis into finance. Foundational asset-level datasets, secured from a variety of sensors and platforms and machine learning techniques, are essential to achieving this goal.
right.open was initiated by the Frankfurt-based climate change startup right. based on science (“right.”) in 2019, as a first step in making its X-Degree Compatibility (“XDC”) Model available to the public. The XDC Model is an economic climate impact model that determines the contribution of a single economic entity to climate change under different scenarios.
Through right.open, right. provides free access to the XDC Model, its corresponding software and input data to research projects that mobilize multidisciplinary stakeholders for creating fast, targeted and collaborative responses to global warming. All participants receive training and support in incorporating the functionalities of the XDC Model in their work, and are invited to an active exchange on effective climate strategies with the right.open community of alumni and other participants. In a second step, starting 2021, right. will make the code behind the XDC Model available as an open source project to everyone, advancing its mission of increasing the transparency of climate risks and opportunities.
An open source catastrophe modelling platform, free to use by anyone. It is also a community that seeks to unlock and change the world around catastrophe modelling to better understand risk in insurance and beyond. While its development is largely driven by the global (re-)insurance community, it seeks to provide tools and utility to all.It is constituted as a not for profit company, and our team believes passionately in empowering more people around the world to better understand risk and uncertainty. Our ecosystem consists of more than 18 suppliers covering over 90 models.
The Oasis Loss Modelling Framework provides an open source platform for developing, deploying and executing catastrophe models. It uses a full simulation engine and makes no restrictions on the modelling approach. Models are packaged in a standard format and the components can be from any source, such as model vendors, academic and research groups. The platform provides:
moja global provides tools for estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases from the land sector. The AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use) sector is a significant source of GHG emissions, but sufficient investment can turn it into a crucial carbon dioxide sink. The AFOLU sector is essential to meet the Paris commitment of net zero emissions in the second half of the century.
Are you ready for the resource revolution? Article by Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers, McKinsey Quarterly (2014). Summary: Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well.
Risky Business: The Bottom Line on Climate Change. Non-profit initiative offering multiple reports. Summary: Founded by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Thomas F. Stayer, the Risky Business Project examined the economic risks presented by climate change and opportunities to reduce them. The U.S. economy faces significant risks from unabated climate change. Every year of inaction serves to broaden and deepen those risks.
Risks and Opportunities from the Changing Climate: Playbook for the Truly Long-Term Investor. By Laquan Ma, Cambridge Associates (2015). In depth report providing frameworks for assessment of climate-related risks and opportunities.
The Price of Climate Change: Global Warming’s Impact on Portfolios. Blackrock (2015).
INVESTING IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE, Mercer Report (2017). Study with 16 investors to answer three questions: How big a risk/return impact could climate change have on our portfolio? What are the key risks and opportunities? What plan of action can ensure portfolio resilience?
What should we do about climate change? Wellington Management (2017). Advice for investors from Macroanalyst Spencer Glendon.
All swans are black in the dark: How the short-term focus of financial analysis does not shed light on long term risks. 2° Investing Initiative and the Generation Foundation (2017). Based on extensive interviews with allocators and asset managers, the report describes the potential suboptimal allocation of capital for the long-term due to the limited ability of the finance sector to capture long-term risks within short-term risk-assessment frameworks.
The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) 2016. This document provides examples of how the sustainable, responsible and impact investment industry has changed the investment industry and added options for investors; improved companies through active ownership and engagement; aided communities and individuals; and influenced public policy and developed organizations to promote sustainable investment.
Carbon Intensity ≠ Carbon Risk Exposure. 2° Investing Initiative and Grizzly RI (2015). Analysis showing why carbon intensity of companies cannot be used as a proxy for their exposure to ‘carbon’ risks (a.k.a. ‘energy transition’ risks, ‘carbon policy’ risk, etc.) because it is only one factor among many others (cost pass through capacity, location of activities, etc.).
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Materiality Map™. Interactive online tool that identifies and compares disclosure topics across different industries and sectors.
Clean Tech 3.0: Venture Capital Investing in Early Stage Clean Energy. CERES (2017). Analyzes why opportunities for investing in early stage clean energy technology companies have changed significantly and favorably in recent years to offer the potential for greater risk adjusted returns in the sector.
Carbon Tracker Tools & Insights. Infographics and videos on concepts from Carbon Tracker’s research and explanations of key terms.
Arabesque S-Ray™. On-line tool to monitor the sustainability of 4,000 corporations. Combines over 200 ESG metrics with news analysis from over 50,000 sources across 15 languages, with each company given a daily ESG score on the normative principles of the United Nations Global Compact: Human Rights, Labor Rights, the Environment, and Anti-Corruption.
Climate Central Resources. Researching and reporting the science and impacts of climate change. Interactive charts, reports, and analysis.