Global View

Climate action requires global perspectives and data
Climate change is a threat that recognizes no borders, with greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation from one part of the world impacting people and ecosystems everywhere. Effectively mobilizing the philanthropic community to help make a safe climate and prosperous future a reality requires a nuanced global understanding of the complex science, politics, and socioeconomics of climate action.

The Global View Portfolio

Through research, analysis, and strategic partnerships, the Global View provides funders and partners with a 360° view, identifies high-impact opportunities for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and highlights the social and economic benefits of effective climate action. It also works with portfolio leaders to identify emerging trends and changes that have the potential to affect current strategies and to monitor the results of portfolio strategies.

Mitigation Scenarios

The Global View synthesizes data from a range of emissions and climate scenarios to provide insight into strategic opportunities and targeted outcomes. ClimateWorks’ analysis of this data examines how different levels of emissions relate to achieving the international goal of limiting warming to well below 2° C. We also take into consideration socioeconomic factors, such as public health and economic benefits; and regional politics and governance indicators.

The Carbon Transparency Initiative

The Carbon Transparency Initiative helps decision makers within the climate community project and track progress toward a low-carbon economy by analyzing the drivers of emissions trends. It also helps ClimateWorks programs and other partners access reliable, consistent information to improve their strategies and track the progress of those strategies over time.

There are three components to the Carbon Transparency Initiative:

The ClimateWorks Tracker

A website that allows users to evaluate current progress in greenhouse gas emission trends at a glance. Found at www.cti.climateworks.org, the ClimateWorks Tracker displays data and trends for over 130 indicators that determine greenhouse gas emission pathways for many of the world’s major economies.

The Carbon Transparency Initiative Models

Models incorporate a broad set of data with our detailed methodology to determine greenhouse gas emission pathways between 2010 and 2030, across all sectors of the economy for select geographies.

ClimateWorks Advisory Services

These services include customized analysis, collaboration and support from ClimateWorks to help partners make investments to reduce emissions and to track the progress of those investments.

The Carbon Transparency Initiative can be a valuable tool for collaboration, providing the same data baseline across regions and sectors. It can help partners who are interested in working together to ensure that their sectoral or regional strategies complement each other, and it can be useful for program staff and regional policy experts who want to be able to analyze the effects of policies and actions on absolute carbon emissions as well as important trends driving future emissions.

The Carbon Transparency Initiative will track progress against existing practices and policies that have been promulgated and are being implemented. It is important to note that the Carbon Transparency Initiative measures what is, not what could be. For example, the landmark Paris Agreement could contribute about 11 Gt CO₂e in GHG reductions by 2030 compared to reference case emissions, but would require policies to be put into place at the national and sub-national level that do not always exist yet, and thus are not yet part of our current projections.

The Climate Philanthropy Landscape

Despite all the attention climate change receives, average giving to climate mitigation still represents less than 2% of all philanthropic giving. This means there is an enormous opportunity to scale climate philanthropy.

Based on newly commissioned data on individual giving, paired with our ongoing tracking of foundation giving, we estimate individuals and major foundations gave nearly $7 billion to climate mitigation in 2018. Of the roughly $7 billion given in support of climate mitigation in 2018, foundation giving is about 20% of the total — $1.2 billion in 2018 — and individual giving is about 80% — $5.6 billion in 2018.

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Portfolio Team

Muniba Ahmad

Muniba Ahmad

Data Specialist, Global Intelligence

Josefina Cobián

Josefina Cobián

Associate, Global Intelligence

Casey Cronin

Casey Cronin

Strategist, Global Intelligence

Meagan Fox

Meagan Fox

Project Manager, Global Intelligence

Elin Matsumae

Elin Matsumae

Program Assistant, Global Intelligence

Surabi Menon

Surabi Menon

VP, Global Intelligence

Seth Monteith

Seth Monteith

Associate Director, Global Intelligence

Dan Plechaty

Dan Plechaty

Program Manager, Global Intelligence

Hannah Roeyer

Hannah Roeyer

Associate Director, Global Intelligence

 

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Climate change calls for coordinated global action. ClimateWorks empowers philanthropic donors with a range of strategies to help address the challenge.