September 21, 2020

A joint methodology to help align credit portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement


Today, international banks BBVA, BNP Paribas, ING, Société Générale and Standard Chartered (also known as ‘the Katowice Banks’) published a report on the application of the PACTA methodology, designed to steer their credit portfolios towards the objective of the Paris Climate Agreement. This report aims at helping banking peers to quickly understand and apply this methodology and thus publish comparable results.

At the 2018 United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP24 in Katowice, the five banks BBVA, BNP Paribas, ING, Société Générale and Standard Chartered publicly pledged to develop an open source methodology to progressively steer their activities in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. This pledge is known as the Katowice commitment.

This commitment became the groundwork upon which the Collective Commitment to Climate Action (CCCA) was built. The CCCA has been launched on the side of the signing of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking in September 2019, as a first example of how these Principles can be made actionable.

Since 2018, the Katowice Banks have collaborated with think tank 2° Investing Initiative (2DII) to make the Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment or PACTA methodology (initially developed for equity and bond portfolios) applicable to bank lending. Currently, close to twenty systemically important banks are taking part in the PACTA pilot, and the open source tool can be applied by any interested bank.

Today, the Katowice Banks jointly publish a report on the application of the PACTA methodology on their credit portfolios.

With this document they aim to demonstrate why PACTA is a solid and accurate approach to steer banks’ portfolios towards financing a lower-carbon society. The report  provides an overview of the approach and specificities identified as most useful for banks. Having a standardised approach will ensure results are comparable across banks, for the benefit of their stakeholders.

By sharing their insights and learnings the banks hope to help and inspire other banks to use PACTA and contribute further to its development.  

The banks will continue to collaborate to refine methodologies, develop new indicators and push for more accessible and better-quality climate data and scenarios. It is the banks’ strong belief that collectively they can have a more positive impact on the fight against global warming and the support of sustainable development.

This work is a first step for banks in the goal to progressively align their lending portfolio with the Paris Agreement, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal of climate neutrality. The five Katowice banks are at different stages of progress but expect to communicate on their respective levels of alignment by the end of 2021.


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