WHO WE ARE
Carbon Tracker Initiative is a non-profit independent financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on financial markets and the consequences of potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. We provide data and asset-level analysis to various stakeholders in order to support an energy system that stays within a 1.5˚C global average temperature rise.
At its inception Carbon Tracker re-framed the climate problem as a financial risk, terming and popularising the key concepts the "carbon bubble”, "stranded assets", and “unburnable carbon”. Our work has moved these concepts from obscurity to the core of any discussion of climate change and financial risk management, helping to mobilise investors and financial regulators into action.
Our team of financial market, energy, legal and communications specialists apply ground-breaking research using leading industry databases to map both risk and opportunity for investors on the path to a low-carbon future. The average number of employees in the period was 26.
Carbon Tracker’s core competency lies in research and analytics. The research function is supported by the investor outreach and communications teams, whose key objective is to disseminate the research through events and the media directly to investors, regulators and financial commentators.
Carbon Tracker Initiative has offices in London, the United Kingdom and in New York City, USA. In the period under review (May-Dec 2019), our investor engagement team worked extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Our Power & Utilities also engaged substantially with local stakeholders in Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to showcase the economics of coal in these regions.
WHAT WE DO
OUR MISSION AND GOALS
Carbon Tracker Initiative’s objective is to advocate for, promote and achieve an understanding of the financial and environmental risks associated with investing in carbon, encouraging investors to act.
Our vision is a climate-secure global energy system, where capital markets are aligned with the reality of climate change. We are helping to map the transition of the fossil fuel industry to keep global warming within a temperature increase of 1.5˚C and its corresponding carbon emission budget.
Our long term goal is an orderly wind-down of fossil fuel production and its unmitigated burning before breaching this budget. To support this goal, we provide analytical inputs for all major investors in fossil fuels to engage with companies to achieve a Paris-aligned low carbon transition.
This includes forceful stewardship from investors to company boards to focus on capital expenditure and planning for a managed decline, based on their adoption of Paris-aligned portfolios. We encourage investors to model “value at risk” to their investment exposures from companies failing to adopt this alignment.
Carbon Tracker is a think tank that “for years has been a leader in the financial analysis of the oil, gas and coal industries”.
German Daily Tagesspiegel (Taz)