Virtus: Ready For Takeoff!

Virtus (/’vɪrtus/) / Latin meaning virtue

Embracing values and traits of excellence, intellect, and high moral character.

July 2023

Welcome to the first edition of our monthly newsletter. At Gordian Knot Strategies, we are thrilled to launch this initiative. Over the past few years, our team has been busily working on implementing innovative climate finance solutions to empower our clients in achieving their goals. So busy in fact, that we forgot to keep you informed about what we’re up to. But don’t worry, as we are eager to bring you back into the loop.

Moving forward, you can expect to receive our monthly newsletter, Virtus, directly in your inbox, keeping you up to speed with the latest developments in the world of climate finance.

You might be asking yourself why the newsletter is called Virtus. Virtus is a Latin word that was used to express moral excellence and courage. It embodies our commitment to upholding high moral values while navigating the challenges in the climate finance space, which aligns perfectly with Gordian Knot Strategies’ mission.

In addition to Virtus, keep an eye out next week for our new short-form weekly email, Sliced. The weekly email will release every Monday and feature original thought pieces from our team members with the goal of slicing apart the various complex aspects of climate finance.

But wait, there’s more…

Starting in August, we will launch the pilot episode of our new podcast, Untangling Climate Finance. Hosted by our very own Jay Tipton, the podcast will take listeners on a journey through the intricate world of climate finance. Jay will engage in enlightening conversations with industry experts, covering a wide range of topics including climate solutions, carbon projects, global carbon markets, artificial intelligence, and more.

Stay tuned for all the upcoming content and thank you for joining us on the ride.

All the best,

Gordian Knot Strategies

We are Igniting Climate Solutions: Mobilizing $1 Billion in Impact Investment by 2030!


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As we pass the midway point of 2023, we find ourselves in the third crucial year of the battle against the climate crisis in undoubtedly the most decisive decade yet. Time seems to be racing by and the countdown is advancing at a dizzying speed.

Listen closely to the resounding plea of science, echoing through the corridors of multiple climate change gatherings: a formidable 50% slash in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 is our beacon of hope against the looming abyss of a runaway global catastrophe.

Cruising Down a One-Way Street…in the Wrong Direction

How are we doing? Spoiler alert: horrible (see image below).

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Global CO2 emissions from energy combustion and industrial processes, 1900-2022
Source: IEA, 2022

📚 Author and climate finance expert – Paula DiPerna – recently published her newest book Pricing the Priceless: The Financial Transformation to Value the Planet, Solve the Climate Crisis, and Protect Our Most Precious Assets. The book explores how finance and climate change collide across the entire planet.

🎙️ Ezra Klein recently hosted Robinson Meyer on his podcast to discuss the Biden Administration’s epic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Together they dug into the progress of the IRA, how the billions of dollars are being spent, and whether the efforts are actually helping the US decarbonize.

✍️ Sylvera and Pachama partnered together to publish a joint report that explores the most important current trends in the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM). With insight from carbon experts, the report highlights the themes that market actors should be paying attention to in 2023 and beyond.

🎙️ Keep an ear out in August for the release of our fresh new podcast, Untangling Climate Finance.

To kick off the series, Jay hosts Sean Penrith (CEO of Gordian Knot Strategies) to introduce the topic of climate finance and learn about Sean’s journey in the sector.

Every passing week brings a wave of climate finance action across the world (thankfully).

We love to keep tabs on what deals are happening and where the money is going. Below are some of the headlines that caught our attention.

More Than $2 Billion Committed at UK-US Climate Finance Forum

Finance leaders, companies, and philanthropist committed over 2 billion USD towards climate-related initiatives, demonstrating a joint effort to address environmental challenges. The funding aims to support projects and strategies that combat climate change and promote sustainability across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

U.S. launches $20 billion in ‘green bank’ programs to curb climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated two grant programs with funds totaling 20 billion USD aimed at mobilizing private investment in clean energy projects to support decarbonization. The programs are focused on vulnerable, low-income communities.

SH 47 trillion carbon trading investment a boost for Tanzania

Tanzania has secured a significant boost to its national carbon market thanks to a 47 trillion Tanzanian shilling (20 billion USD) investment from over 20 companies. The investment is expected to help Tanzania capitalize on and protect its wealth of natural resources while reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions.

“There is no smart CEO in the world today who is not thinking about climate as it relates to their business strategy, their products, their customers and other stakeholders.”
Simon Stiell – UN Climate Change Executive Secretary

We are Igniting Climate Solutions: Mobilizing $1 Billion in Impact Investment by 2030!

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