Sectoral Alignment: Calendar of Work

The Center for Climate-Aligned Finance is the premier platform for deep, sector-specific problem-solving to enable sectoral climate alignment commitments in the financial sector.

We develop robust solutions to common barriers to alignment: conflicting methodologies, lack of common benchmark scenarios, inadequate data access, and—crucially—the lack of a level playing field. Solutions include developing guidance, tools, and climate-aligned finance agreements like the Poseidon Principles, the world’s first climate-aligned finance agreement, which now accounts for nearly half of senior shipping debt globally.

The Center uses a two-phase process to develop sectoral solutions. We first conduct an assessment, which identifies the barriers that financial institutions face in making sector-specific climate alignment commitments and taking meaningful steps to meet those commitments. Second, we convene and facilitate working groups to overcome these barriers. Working groups are led by financial institutions, facilitated by the Center, and built to enable the involvement of industry, experts, and advocates.

The Center’s objective is to create solutions that are built to deliver impact in the real economy at global scale. As official Net-Zero Banking Alliance Collaborators and with a network of partners across leading sustainable finance initiatives, the Center is committed to supporting the harmonization of alignment efforts.

The calendar of work below shows the status of various sectoral working groups and assessments at the Center as of Q4 2021.

Complete
Shipping

Poseidon Principles launched.

Underway
Steel

Leads

Steel Climate-Aligned Finance Working Group launched in May 2021. Expected completion and launch in Q1 2022. More information available upon request at via form adjacent.

Planned
Aviation

Expected launch of bank-focused Aviation Climate-Aligned Finance Working Group: December 2021. Expressions of interest (EOIs) welcome.

Planned
Aluminum

Expected launch April 2022. EOIs welcome.

Forthcoming
Concrete

Assessment under way. EOIs welcome.

Forthcoming
Real Estate

Financial stakeholder consultation and assessment focused predominantly on North American real estate begins January 2021.