Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials


The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)  is a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their loans and investments.  Introduction (3 minutes) – Definition of PCAF – Importance of carbon accounting in financial decision-making  Background and Evolution (3 minutes) – Why PCAF was formed  – Historical context: the rise of environmental concerns and the financial industry’s role  Principles of PCAF (4 minutes) – Overview of the six main principles Relevance Completeness Consistency Transparency Accuracy Boundaries  PCAF Accounting Methodology (5 minutes) – Stages in the PCAF accounting process:  Scope and boundary determination  Data collection  Calculation of emissions  Reporting – Differentiating between Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions in financial portfolios Benefits of Adopting PCAF (3 minutes) – Enhanced risk management and understanding of climate risks – Better decision-making for loans and investments  – Strengthened stakeholder trust and reputation – Contribution to global sustainability goals  Case Studies (3 minutes) – Real-world examples of financial institutions adopting and benefiting from PCAF methodologies  Criticisms and Limitations (2 minutes) – Potential drawbacks and critiques of PCAF – Areas of improvement and ongoing research  How Institutions can Implement PCAF (2 minutes) – Steps for adopting and integrating PCAF methodologies – Resources and tools available for financial institutions  Conclusion and Call to Action (1 minute) – Importance of unified carbon accounting for a sustainable financial future  – Encouraging participants to advocate for or adopt PCAF in their own institutions Q&A Session (3 minutes) – Address any questions or concerns about PCAF from participants  This Material Supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #8,#9,#11, #12, and #13 Ecodemy’s purpose is to deliver engaging sustainability education tools to build a foundation for a greener future. 
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Course level:Intermediate
Course Duration: 30m
Last Updated:October 19, 2023

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