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    What will it take to avoid the most severe and dangerous impacts of climate change?

  • Portfolios / Global View

    Where are the largest and most realistic opportunities to reduce climate pollution?

  • Portfolios / Global View

    What are the social and economic benefits of climate action?


Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Portfolio Areas

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Portfolio Areas

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Key Data Points

A 50% chance of avoiding dangerous climate change requires limiting total annual global emissions to 35 GtCO₂e by 2030, and for net-emissions to eventually reach zero. (McKinsey & Co.)

$5 Trillion

Between today and 2030, low-carbon growth in key regions would yield more than $5 trillion in public health-related savings.

25 Million

Climate action in key regions would increase crop yields, helping the world feed 25 million more people.

These key data points are from Climate-Smart Development: Adding Up the Benefits of Actions that Help Build Prosperity, End Poverty and Combat Climate Change, developed in 2014 by ClimateWorks and the World Bank. Building on research to quantify the benefits of climate action and highlight scalable solutions, the report provides a framework to better understand the climate risks and benefits in different pathways to sustainable development. Its findings clearly demonstrate that climate action can both be a boon for economic activity, and deliver significant benefits to the climate.

ClimateWorks’ Global View

Through research, analysis, and strategic partnerships, the Global View provides funders and partners with big-picture context, 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 effect 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 2°C; 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 – the 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, climate philanthropy is still a relatively new and small field, comprising less than 1 percent of overall US philanthropic spending. But donors committed to a safe climate and prosperous future are making a significant impact. To help the field — including new and prospective donors — understand the funding landscape in this area, the Global View tracks philanthropic strategies, investments, and results.

Advisory & Research Team

ClimateWorks’ Global View team collaborates with leading research institutions from around the world, providing deep expertise in climate science, energy, and economics.

Contact us to learn more.

Surabi Menon

Senior Director, Advisory & Research

Surabi Menon is the Advisory and Research Director at ClimateWorks. Her work supports climate philanthropy by providing a global context for climate mitigation and climate policy progress, identifying high-impact investment opportunities, supporting energy transitions that lead to a low carbon pathway and working on frameworks to identify the developmental and economic benefits associated with reducing climate pollution. Dr. Menon is a charter member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board of the Institute for Industrial Productivity and the Global Buildings Performance Network. She has published over sixty peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored the 2007 IPCC report that led to a Nobel Peace Prize. She also started an environmental NGO in India in 2008.  

Dr. Menon has over 16 years of professional experience in the climate change field.  Before joining ClimateWorks in 2012, Dr. Menon was a staff scientist and the leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Prior to that, she was a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.  She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and an MBA in Sustainable Management.  

Casey Cronin

Strategist, Advisory & Research

At ClimateWorks, Casey Cronin’s primary responsibilities include coordination and management of Advisory & Research team activities as well as providing a holistic view of ClimateWorks’ grantmaking portfolio and to provide advice and insights into philanthropic opportunities and risks. As part of ClimateWorks’ Global View program, he works to build a deeper understanding of the broader economic, social and political implications of our collective work, and how this impacts strategic opportunities to advance climate solutions.

Prior to ClimateWorks, he was a Senior Account Executive at Antenna Group, a strategic communications agency representing clean technology companies focused on alternative energy, energy efficiency, storage, pollution remediation, etc. While there, he developed industry experience with silicon and thin film PV, concentrating PV, utility-scale solar thermal, algal biofuels, and other emerging clean energy technologies. Mr. Cronin has an M.Sc. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Development Studies and Economics from Brown University.

Seth Monteith

Program Manager, Advisory & Research

Seth Monteith joined the Advisory & Research Team at ClimateWorks in 2013. He works on developing the core products and sets of insights that make up the ClimateWorks Global View. This includes downscaling energy-climate models for examining low-carbon pathways, analyzing GHG mitigation policies, evaluating philanthropic portfolios, and designing and managing research projects including the Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI). Seth also designs data visualizations for the many Advisory & Research Team products.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Seth worked on privacy policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, and spent two years in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a B.A. in European History and Russian Language from Portland State University, and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on Policy Analytics.

Dan Plechaty

Senior Associate, Advisory & Research

Dan Plechaty is a Senior Associate in ClimateWorks’ Advisory & Research team, where his primary responsibilities include data analysis, policy modeling, economic valuation, and data visualization. This work spans across ClimateWorks’ program areas and includes investigating the multiple benefits of aligning health and climate initiatives and exploring the opportunities for cities to serve as a nexus for climate action as well as contributing to the development of the Carbon Transparency Initiative.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Dan was a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analyst in the World Wildlife Fund’s Private Sector Engagement team and was an Economist at RCF Economic and Financial Consulting, where he focused on environmental and energy economics. Dan holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago and received a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Hannah Roeyer

Planning Manager

Lina Fedirko

Senior Associate, Transportation, Advisory & Research

Lina Fedirko is a Senior Program Associate on the Transportation and Advisory and Research teams at ClimateWorks Foundation.

Lina’s research and programmatic implementation to date has focused on global urban climate change and transportation policy. Most recently, Lina contributed policy research to the Urban Transportation Chapter of Climate Change and Cities, Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), a state-of-knowledge publication examining 16 urban sectors with respect to climate issues.

Locally, Lina assisted a New York City Economic Development Corporation in planning a $1.2 million program addressing access issues in low income neighborhoods, and led a transit-oriented development zoning study for a housing non-profit examining flood impacts and adaptation options following Hurricane Irene. Globally, Lina has collaborated with UN Habitat Cities and Climate Change initiative to evaluate the effectiveness of Participatory Climate Change Risk Assessments in South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Lina earned an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Sustainability Strategies from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School University. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute. Lina is fluent in Ukrainian and conversational in Russian and Polish.