• 61% of the total investment required in Low-Carbon Technologies in Europe up to 2020 will be in the form of debt.

- Barclays ‘Carbon Capital’ Report Feb 2010, p48

  • An estimated €1.4 trillion of procurement capital could be securitised in “green bonds” (in the sense of asset-backed securities) across Europe between 2011 and 2020

- Barclays ‘Carbon Capital’ Report Feb 2010, p58

  • At the end of 2008, pension funds were estimated to hold $24 trillion of assets under management globally, with24-40 % of portfolios dedicated to fixed-income, including asset-backed securities.

- EuroMoney Environmental Finance Handbook 2010, West LB, as quoted in Barclays ‘Carbon Capital’ Report Feb 2010, p59

  • “I don’t want to hear warm words about the environment. I want to see real action. I want this to be the greenest government ever”.

- UK Prime Minister David Cameron

  • Through our inefficient use of energy we throw away almost a third of the energy we use. In the UK, for example, more than eight times the amount of energy supplied by all of the country’s nuclear power stations combined is thrown away every year.
  • “If we are to fund green investment projects effectively, we … need to find a way of … scaling up loans … to make them attractive to the bond market.”

- Alain Dromer, CEO Aviva Investors

  • The global low-carbon economy was estimated to be worth £3 trillion in 2007-08 and forecast to grow to £4.3 trillion by 2020.
  • In 2009 the amount of new energy capacity coming from renewable sources in Europe and the US topped that coming from fossil fuels and nuclear.  Renewables accounted for 60% of new electricity generation capacity in Europe in that year.

- Source: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency-backed Renewable Energy  Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) project