How to re-conceptualise and re-integrate climate-related finance into society through ecological accounting?


  • Alexandre Rambaud AgroParisTech-CIRED / Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Hugues Chenet Chaire Énergie et Prospérité / University College London


Climate finance, Natural capital, Historical cost accounting, Corporate finance, Ecological accounting, sustainable finance


In this paper, we argue that current finance, and the prevailing fair value accounting system, is disconnected from companies and from strong sustainability requirements, making it difficult to develop a climate finance system that is operational and aligned with the challenges of climate preservation. Based on this observation, we propose an exploratory and theoretical study which introduces how and why a particular and innovative ecological accounting approach, the CARE model, currently called upon by a growing number of practitioners and researchers, is a relevant framework to re-conceptualise the issue of climate finance. From a theoretical point of view, CARE offers a suitable language for structuring the issues of ecological costs, debts and conservation and associated financing. From a practical point of view, it offers a methodological support that can be used to address these issues, from an accounting and management point of view as well as from an investor's point of view, ensuring compliance with the Paris Agreements 2°C goal in particular.


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