Giel Linthorst


Giel Linthorst is an Associate Director at Ecofys and leads all activities of Ecofys in the field of science based targets and sustainable finance. Giel Linthorst is a global recognized expert on translating climate science to corporate strategies and financial institutions. He was the leading expert who developed the new, ground-breaking methodology for the Science Based Targets initiative of CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF. Based on the draft and final methodology Giel has supported over 40 multinational companies in various sectors to align their climate targets with the Paris Agreement. Together with leading IPCC scientists from University of Aberdeen and PBL Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency, Giel also developed an additional methodology to set science-based targets for the agriculture and forestry sector.

Next to this, Giel is leading all activities within Ecofys on sustainable finance, offering leading solutions for the financial sector. Key solution offerings are climate impact assessment of investments, climate strategy and scenario analysis and climate risk assessment. Giel is 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.