Morgan Stanley Joins Leadership of Global Carbon Accounting Partnership (PCAF)

Morgan Stanley Joins Leadership of Global Carbon Accounting Partnership (PCAF)

Morgan Stanley becomes the first U.S.-based global bank to join PCAF and its Steering Committee as part of the Firm’s commitment to measuring and disclosing its approach to climate change risk and opportunity

NEW YORK - 20 July, 2020 - The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) is proud to announce that Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has joined its global Steering Committee focused on the complex challenge of measuring financed emissions. In addition, Morgan Stanley will lend insights and expertise to help PCAF develop the global accounting standard that can be used by all financial institutions to measure and reduce their climate impact.

Launched globally in 2019, PCAF is a collaboration to standardize carbon accounting for the financial sector, enabling a harmonized approach to the assessment and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions financed by loans and investments. PCAF is used by asset owners, asset managers and banks to support a broad range of climate initiatives.

Morgan Stanley is the first major U.S.-based global financial institution to join PCAF’s 66 formal members, which include financial institutions from around the world and represent more than $5.3 Trillion USD in assets.

“We are excited to join PCAF and to support the important work they are leading to build a methodology for global banks’ efforts to track and measure climate change risks,” said Audrey Choi, Morgan Stanley’s Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing.

The measurement of financed emissions, defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol as Scope 3 - category 15 emissions, provides important data that financial institutions can use to assess risk, manage impact, meet the disclosure expectations of important stakeholders, and assess progress and pathways to global climate goals. PCAF’s methodology is currently being used in several markets for measuring financed emission in the financial sector and will soon be published as a global methodology which has been the work of a core team of financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley.

PCAF’s Steering Committee is focused on managing the progress and success of this industry-led initiative. PCAF’s Steering Committee members include ABN AMRO, Amalgamated Bank, ASN Bank, Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) and Triodos Bank. In addition to its role on the Committee and its efforts to enhance PCAF’s core measurement methodology, Morgan Stanley commits to start measuring and disclosing lending portfolio greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are very excited about Morgan Stanley’s leadership in sustainability and believe they will bring an important voice to our management group,” said Giel Linthorst, Executive Director of the PCAF secretariat. “As we work towards COP26, and a critical year ahead in aligning the finance sector with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, we believe that PCAF and member financial institutions will play an important leadership role in that work.”

“Dutch banks have played a critical role since the Paris Climate Summit in leading the methodological work for a carbon accounting system in the finance sector. Looking ahead, we know that in order to influence positive action on climate change in the private sector, there needs to be global adoption of a shared financed emissions accounting methodology across financial institutions, including by the global banks, many of which are based in the U.S. We are thrilled with Morgan Stanley’s decision and commitments, and look forward to working side by side in this effort,” said Ivan Frishberg, Director of Impact Policy at Amalgamated Bank and Chair of the PCAF North America group.


About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.


About The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing
The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing (The Institute) builds scalable finance solutions that seek to deliver competitive financial returns while driving positive environmental and social impact. Founded in 2013, The Institute creates innovative financial products, thoughtful insights and capacity building programs that help maximize capital to create a more sustainable future. For more information about the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, visit www.morganstanley.com/sustainableinvesting.


About the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)
Last September, the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) was launched globally. Currently, over 65 banks and investors have subscribed to the PCAF initiative. PCAF participants work together to jointly develop the Global Carbon Accounting Standard for the financial industry to measure and disclose the greenhouse emissions of their loans and investments. By doing so, PCAF participants take the first step required to assess climate-related risks, set targets in line with Paris Climate Agreement and develop effective strategies to decarbonize our society. For more information see https://carbonaccountingfinancials.com/

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Media Inquiries:
Katherine Stueber, Morgan Stanley, E: katherine.stueber@morganstanley.com
or Angélica Afanador, Manager, PCAF Secretariat, E: info@carbonaccountingfinancials.com