Climate transitions – the efforts undertaken to tackle climate change (directly or indirectly) through policies, commitments and changing consumer preferences – will disrupt the status quo for tropical commodity production.
Capital providers need to see how these shifts will affect their portfolios, but the complexity of tropical commodities makes this difficult. A combination of cutting-edge economic modelling and traditional financial analysis means that Orbitas can shed light on the risks and opportunities for tropical commodity capital providers.
Orbitas is an initiative established by Climate Advisers Trust (CAT). Orbitas is grateful to the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) for their generous financial support.
How Orbitas Makes
Climate Transitions Visible
Focus on Overlooked
Orbitas is dedicated to tropical commodities, which are impacted by climate transitions but have not yet received sufficient attention from capital providers.
Translate Economic Models into Financial Risks
Orbitas uses innovative modeling approaches to understand what climate transitions mean for tropical commodities.
Capital providers can then see how these transitions could impair investments, through changes in key financial metrics.
Orbitas will work with financial institutions to highlight their current risks, help them develop tools for integrating scenario analysis for tropical commodities into their internal processes and support the development of financing structures that support sustainable alternatives.
The Orbitas Team
Orbitas has a dedicated team of experts that lead its analysis and outreach to capital providers.
Mark is the Managing Director of Orbitas and CEO of Climate Advisers UK. An economist with twenty-five years’ experience working on climate change, his previous roles include CEO of Mongoose Energy and international nonprofit The Climate Group, senior policy officer at WWF, climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government and lecturer at the Catholic University in Quito. He is currently Chair of Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop, the Reneum Advisory Council, the RE100 Advisory Committee and the BP Carbon Advisory Panel and a board member of Community Energy England and Verra.
Kyle Saukas is the Communications Manager for Orbitas and Climate Advisers Trust. He focuses on executing Orbitas’ strategic communications vision to translate the risks and opportunities within climate transitions. Previously, Kyle worked for the consulting firm ICF’s Energy Advisory Services practices leading their marketing and communication efforts within the power and natural gas markets, distributed resources, and environmental policy sectors.
Niamh McCarthy is the Project Manager and Economist for Orbitas and has experience across a number of projects at Climate Advisers Trust. She specializes in financial analysis, data analytics, and corporate sustainability policy, with a particular focus in the forestry, food, and land and energy sectors. Niamh has 5 years of corporate finance leadership experience in a diverse range of industries, locations, and disciplines across General Electric energy businesses. Niamh has previous experience at Product (RED), The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Irish Institute at Boston College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Green Management, Energy, and Corporate Social Responsibility (MaGER) from Bocconi University. At Bocconi, she wrote her thesis on the alignment of United States Fortune 250 companies to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using word frequency analysis on sustainability reporting.
Kyra Althaus is a Communications Associate at Climate Advisers and Orbitas where she focuses on enhancing Orbitas’ strategic communications efforts. Previously, Kyra has worked as a research assistant at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs analyzing public opinion, television writing, and international digital rights. She has also worked at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and the Middle East Media Research Institute where she has supported the creation and development of new websites, social media campaigns, and other strategic communications efforts.
Rachel Westrate is an Associate at Orbitas and Climate Advisers. Rachel graduated from Harvard Law School in 2021. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Vice-President of the Environmental Law Society. Previously, Rachel worked for various human rights and environmental organizations, including the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic.
Joshua McBee is a Senior Associate for Orbitas. In addition to doing research and analysis on climate transition risks for the Orbitas project, Josh has done work on domestic climate policy, the voluntary carbon market, facilitating a just transition in the US and abroad, the ocean-climate nexus, and the future of the food system. In addition, he leads the Climate Advisers’ Strategic Litigation project. Prior to joining Climate Advisers, Josh completed a PhD in philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, where specialized in metaethics and taught courses on the ethical dimensions of climate policy.
Orbitas is proud to work with expert organizations for its economic and financial analysis