Emilie Mazzacurati on Where the Investor Class will Put Its Money on Climate

September 9, 2021

Where will the investment class put their money on climate?

This week, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Emilie Mazzacurati, the Global Head of Moody's Climate Solutions. A pioneer in the climate space, Emilie founded Four Twenty Seven in October 2012 after Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that the lack of planning for climate impacts could bring even the most the powerful financial institutions to their knees. Driven by the conviction that businesses have a critical role to play in building resilience if provided with the right tools and guidance, Emilie saw the need for a company that bridged the gap between scientists, businesses, investors and governments. Now with Moody's, Emilie oversees the climate solutions suite within Moody’s ESG Solutions Group, a new business unit formed earlier this year to serve the growing global demand for ESG and climate analytics. As part of its climate solutions suite, Moody’s ESG Solutions provides risk measurement and evaluation tools to understand, quantify and manage climate risks for physical and transition risk, informing due diligence and risk disclosure in line with the recommendations from the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.