Untangling Climate Finance explores the dynamic field of climate change finance through conversations with industry experts about topics including climate solutions, global carbon markets, carbon projects, novel technologies such as AI and distributed ledger, and much more.


Under the Paris Agreement, 197 countries pledged to limit global warming to well below 2°C and strive for 1.5°C. The latest IPCC report indicates a 60% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions below 2019 levels by 2035 is necessary to maintain the 1.5°C target. Achieving this crucial goal requires halving emissions by 2050.

At current emission rates, we have about nine years to achieve a 50% chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C and around 30 years before the chance of meeting the 2°C limit diminishes. With projections for 2.1 to 2.9°C warming by 2100, urgent and substantial global economy-wide decarbonization is essential.

To achieve this, $6 to $10 trillion USD in global investments from public and private sources are needed over the next decade, making up over 3% of annual global GDP in the 2030s and 2040s, with 30% expected from public sources and 70% from the private sector.

Despite the critical importance, global climate finance has slowed, and a minimum 590% increase in annual climate finance is necessary to meet international climate objectives by 2030, a target currently far from being achieved.

We need to talk about this imperative.


Jay is the Head of Climate Finance and Business Development for Gordian Knot Strategies.  

He is a passionate environmentalist and nature enthusiasm. Jay geeks out on global and regional carbon markets as he believes pricing carbon is one of the strongest tools to fight the climate crisis and protect our only home. He is interested in natural, technological, and market-based solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving climate change resilience. Previously, Jay hosted a podcast called “Work Green, Earn Green” which highlighted the burgeoning green economy and the associated green job opportunities across the United States.

He has multiple master’s degrees from esteemed European universities including an MSc. in Environmental Protection at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań, Poland) and an MSc. in Environmental Management at the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel (Kiel, Germany). He also holds a BS in Psychology from Indiana University.

Outside of work, Jay loves playing and watching football (hala Madrid!), hiking, swimming, reading, learning, exploring new places, and spending time outdoors.



To kick off the series, Jay chats with Sean Penrith (CEO, Gordian Knot Strategies). Sean introduces the term “climate finance” and defines what exactly that means. He also recounts his journey from an entrepreneur working outside the realm of climate change to his current position, running a private firm that mobilizes and activates climate finance for clients all over the world. 

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In this episode, Jay talks with Nathan Truitt (Executive Vice President, Climate Funding – American Forest Foundation).

They cover topics including forest carbon credit projects, an innovative new green bond, AFF’s recent Verra methodology, and the challenges and opportunities for scaling up climate finance focused on forest projects. 

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