Fit for climate change with Climate Excellence

Your expert for questions

Dr Nicole Röttmer
Partner, Climate Leader, PwC Germany

PwC's “Climate Excellence” tool for climate scenario analyses

PwC's “Climate Excellence” tool for climate scenario analyses supports investors and companies in making their portfolios fit for the risks and opportunities of climate change. This enables them to realize increases in value, adequately manage risks, and set up a long-term sustainability strategy and compliant reporting.

Why do you have to act?

Climate change is becoming more drastic

Climate change and climate protection are having an ever greater impact on economic developments. They also entail major financial risks: From power plants that do not come on stream, to the electrification of individual transport, to the increasing energy requirements for buildings.

Climate risks are expensive

Financial experts predict that climate change could put $43 trillion worth of fixed assets at risk by the end of the century. That's why the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), launched on behalf of G20 finance ministers, recommends expanded reporting on climate risks by the real and financial sectors.

More and more regulations

Regulators such as the European Central Bank (ECB), the U.K. Financial Services Authority (PRA), and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), as well as regulators, are emphasizing the importance of this recommendation, for example in the ECB's Consultation Paper on Climate Risks and the Guidance on Non-Financial Reporting. Enhanced reporting is already shaping the risk management requirements and strategy of financial institutions and the real economy. Numerous new regulations are expected in the near future.

Stakeholder pressure is increasing

How can companies maintain their "license to operate" and prove themselves in rapidly changing markets? The EU Action Plan, the Network for Greening the Financial System and other stakeholders are increasing the pressure to integrate climate-related risks and opportunities.

“Climate change is transforming our economies. Only those who understand the risks, opportunities and cause-and-effect relationships can develop sustainable and credible strategies.”

Dr. Nicole Röttmer, Partner, Climate Leader, PwC Germany

Your concern

Looking at climate change and potential impacts on portfolios, many questions arise:

  • How will climate risks affect my portfolios or company in the future?
  • How can I protect myself against these risks?
  • How do I exploit future potential in my portfolios?
  • Where do I stand compared to the competition?
  • How can I efficiently implement the recommendations of the TCFD, regulators and NBGL in my reporting?

Our offer

The PwC Climate Excellence Tool helps to make climate risks and opportunities transparent and to evaluate them

The PwC Climate Excellence tool helps you answer these questions quickly and reliably. The tool's scenario analyses give you maximum transparency on your portfolios by visualizing financial impacts of climate change.

Climate-related opportunities and risks are calculated on the basis of various climate scenarios and energy system models. Climate transition risks are taken into account, such as changing prices, demand, technological advances or regulation.

Climate Excellence offers a broad overview with just one click

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The USP of Climate Excellence

Visualize climate impacts on revenue and profit

Climate Excellence shows you the impact of climate change on your portfolio in the form of changes in EBITDA or revenue in various visualization options.

  • Heatmaps visualize the key risks and opportunities for your portfolios at the company, sector and regional level - across time and scenarios.
  • Single asset benchmarks or single asset risk drivers are further visualization options at company level.

Individual analysis beyond CO2 price

You receive an overview of underlying technological changes, demand and price changes, and various regulatory measures per scenario for the individual area of interest.

Three different scenario options to choose from

Choose from three different climate scenarios from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and discover the different impacts of each scenario on your portfolio

  • 2.7 degree Celsius Reference Technology Scenario (RTS)
  • 2 degree Celsius scenario (2DS)
  • below 2 degree Celsius scenario (B2DS)

Use the detailed descriptions of the scenarios and risk drivers to further understand the results of the risk analysis.

Comprehensive coverage

Analysis of up to 40,000 listed securities in over 50 countries based on many financial parameters.

Broad data base

Validated databases on investment structures, technology optimization options, efficiency gains, and asset, technology, and energy costs.

Current and planned modules and target groups

Climate Excellence is already equally suitable for both the financial and the real economy. The goal of the tool is to cover all industries and sectors in detail. For this reason, PwC will regularly publish new modules in a rapid release rhythm.

The following modules are already available:

Next to follow are modules for physical risks, for insurers, for private equity and for entire countries. You will always find news about the releases on this website and on our social media channels.

“Climate Excellence creates transparency to understand multi-layered climate-related market dynamics and their impact. This is the basis to actively manage risk drivers and early warning indicators in the company.”

Dr. Nicole Röttmer,Partner, Climate Leader, PwC Germany

News about the Climate Excellence Tool (CX)

CX scores top

Climate Excellence Tool scores in study on risk analysis of climate change

In July 2020 the ETH Zürich published the study “Taming the Green Swan: How to improve climate-related financial risk assessments.”, in which 16 climate transition risk tools were compared. The assessment focused on two lines of research:

  1. Descriptive assessment, containing coverage of risk sources and financial assets, their inputs (i.e. underlying climate scenarios), and their outputs (i.e. climate adjusted financial metrics).
  2. Critical bases analysis, for an in-depth analysis of the quality, comparability and decision-relevance of the tools.

PwC’s Climate Excellence Tool scores top for depth of analysis, and well in terms of coverage, scenarios and metrics. For more information check out the short summary blog of ETH here.

CX supports pilot project

PwC supports pilot project in the insurance industry

PwC is advising a pilot group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Insurance (PSI) on developing methods and piloting a climate risk assessment approach.

This pilot group consists of 22 of the world's leading insurance companies and aims with the project to develop an industry-wide approach for dealing with climate risks and opportunities.

The insurance industry should thereby gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change on its business and develop strategies to deal with this issue methodically.

Further information can be found here.

CX study on the food industry

The food industry in the spotlight of climate change

In a recent survey, PwC examines the food industry from the perspective of climate change. As the results of the global survey show, the industry is particularly exposed to the consequences of climate change − production costs in Europe could rise by up to 30 percent. However, less than half of those surveyed say that they feel the impact of climate risks on their business.

There are two types of risk to be considered: The physical risks, such as long periods of drought or hurricanes, and the transitory risks arising from the reduction of CO2 emissions, for example the increase in the cost of energy and raw materials if a CO2 price is introduced.

Read here how a scenario analysis can help with climate reporting.

CX study on the transport and logistics industry

Study on the effects of climate change on the transport and logistics industry

Climate change is having an increasing impact on the business models of the transport and logistics industry. A holistic, long-term climate strategy is therefore essential for many to react to regulatory, regional and global developments and to minimize risks. The COVID-19 crisis acts as a catalyst.

The results of the PwC study can be found here.

CX info webcast

Webcast recording: Assessing climate-related risks and opportunities

Climate change and its consequences are having an enormous impact on the financial industry, but how do the associated risks and opportunities affect the portfolios of asset managers and asset owners financially? You can watch the webcast here. Have fun and enjoy watching it. If you have any questions, please contact


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Dr Nicole Röttmer

Dr Nicole Röttmer

Partner, Climate Leader, PwC Germany

Gunther Dütsch

Gunther Dütsch

Director, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 40 6378-2505

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