Briefings & Brainstorming
The Climate Web is structured to support all kinds of topical exploration by users, but can also help the Climatographers deliver briefings and webinars.
Some of those topics for which ready-made briefings exist are listed here. But it is by no means a complete list.
- Does Low-Carbon Investing Reduce Risk and Mitigate Climate Change?
- Are We at a Climate Response Tipping point?
- Bounding the Future With Climate Scenarios
- Conventional vs. TCFD Scenario Planning - What Are the Implications?
- Could Climate Litigation Follow in Tobacco's Footsteps?
- How Can the Social Cost of Carbon Translate Into Business Risk?
- How Fast Could Business Risk Go South, and How Bad Could It Be?
- How Fast Could the Climate Change, and How Bad Could It Be?
- How Long Will Carbon Offsets Survive?
- How Will Carbon Pricing Evolve?
- Is It Time to Adopt Policy Advocacy as a Climate Risk Management Strategy?
- Is #Greenwishing a Risk to Your Corporate Strategy?
- What Would Achieving a 2o C or 1.5o C Target Mean for Business?
The Climatographers can develop custom briefings upon request for almost any climate topic. In the case profiled here, the Climatographers were approached by one of the major firms in the low carbon investing space and asked to put together a briefing covering questions with which the firm was grappling, including:
- Are carbon emissions (absolute or intensity based) correlated to business risk?
- Do lower emissions correlate with company financial performance?
- Does setting GHG targets contribute to emissions reductions?
- How did carbon footprinting get integrated into investing?
- How does carbon-based screening impact investing?
- How indicative of risk are Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as compared to Scopes 1-3?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of location vs. market-based Scope 2 reporting?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of reporting intensity vs absolute emissions?
- What do we know about the accuracy of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions data?
- What is the relationship of BODs to GHG emissions reporting?
- Why are investors so focused on carbon footprinting as an investment screening tool?
Those are among the questions shown in the screenshot below that formed the starting point for the briefing. Note that once assembled, the client’s staff could review the information at their leisure through a private URL, given that the scope of the information organized from the Climate Web was far more than could be covered in a 2-hour briefing. You can watch a short video version of this information here.
For purposes of the briefing, the Climatographers pulled together materials from all over the Climate Web, organizing the materials according to the questions we had been asked to explore. Drilling down into the briefing, here's how the briefing was structured. For each question we pulled together key arguments relating to that specific question, based on our review of the relevant literatures.
Note that the "Arguments" you see here in brown should not be assumed to represent the thinking of the Climatographers. Arguments generally represent issues brought up in the topical literature. In many cases, you'll encounter pros and cons when it comes to a particular question. In fact, as you can see below, each Argument then links to specific “answers” representing source materials, ideas, and graphics in the Climate Web. Independent of a briefing, users can click through the entire collection of questions, arguments, and "answers,” and the whole process is remarkably cost-effective since so much of the needed work is already present in the Climate Web.
To discuss how you can take advantage of the 25,000 hours of knowledge curation present in the Climate Web contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or explore the Climate Web in more depth through the links at right.