Giel Linthorst is a director, leading all activities in the field of science-based targets and sustainable finance. He is a global recognized expert on translating climate science to corporate strategies and financial institutions. Giel was the leading expert who developed the ground-breaking methodology for the Science Based Targets initiative of CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF.
Together with CDP, WRI, WWF and 2o investing initiative, Giel is developing a harmonized framework to set science-based targets for the financial sector and align a financial portfolio with the Paris Agreement. Giel has supported various financial institutions on carbon accounting of their loans and investments, developing climate strategy and performing scenario analysis and climate risk assessment. He is part of the Dutch High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and was the leading expert on a high-level project for the German government, as part of their G20 presidency, (1) to assess the carbon risks in the German economy, (2) to conduct a carbon stress test for German financial institutions and (3) to develop regulatory instruments to mitigate carbon risks in financial markets in Germany and beyond.
Giel has a technical and physical background combined with strategic business development. As Director of Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure at Guidehouse he has established a broad network among companies, financial institutions, well-known NGOs (such as CDP, WRI and WWF) and climate scientists.