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Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics Project

Developing Sustainable Energy Investment metrics

Climate change has a direct impact on investments, especially in light of extreme weather conditions and the transition towards more sustainable energy and a low carbon economy.
Investors who don’t consider climate risks in their portfolios may suffer losses because of assets stranded by climate change.

As part of the Sustainable Energy Investment Metrics research project (SEI-M) WWF contributes to raise awareness of investors about climate risks and opportunities. The project is funded by EU Commission through the EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 649982.

The main goal of SEI-M is to develop a framework that will enable financial institutions to measure their ‘climate performance’. This means the investors will be able to estimate if their assets are in line with 2°C scenario, in order to comply with the Paris Agreement.
The three main objectives of the SEI-M project are:
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment framework that will allow investors to measure and manage their ‘climate performance’;
  • Develop a ‘turnkey toolbox’ that will help investors allocate their assets and minimise the climate risk
  • Encourage dialogue on sustainable energy investment between investors and policy makers.

The SEI metrics consortium is led by the think tank 2° Investing Initiative and includes eight organisations: CIRED (SMASH), CDP, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, University of Zurich, Kepler-Cheuvreux, the Climate Bonds Initiative, WWF Germany and WWF European Policy Office.

WWF European Policy Office helps raise awareness about the SEI methodology among EU financial policy makers and show they can use SEI metrics to encourage investors’ action on climate-related issues.

The SEI metrics is an illustration of the ‘Science-Based Investing’ principle that WWF supports. The Science-Based Investing framework will enable investors and policy makers to make sure that the investment processes are aligned with climate science, planetary boundaries and international conventions like the Paris Agreement.


Sebastien Godinot
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