Climate Bonds Standards


The Climate Bonds Taxonomy is the green definitions of the Climate Bond Standards and Certification Scheme. It is a public good resource that provides guidelines for prospective green bond and climate bond issuers and investors. The aim is to encourage common definitions across global markets, in a way that supports the growth of a cohesive thematic bond market. It identifies broad areas of inclusion (e.g. green residential mortgages, low emissions vehicles etc) that are subject to further criteria and screening.  

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Confidence in the green credentials of green bonds is essential to a sustainable market.

Transparency to the underlying asset is important in allowing investor due diligence. Credible, science-based, widely-supported guidelines about what should and should not be considered a qualifying investment helps investors make informed decisions about the environmental credentials of a bond.

The Climate Bonds Standard provides clear, sector-specific eligibility criteria for assets and projects that can be used for Climate Bonds and Green Bonds.

Download the current Climate Bonds Standard V2.0

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Certification is available for assets and projects that meet the requirements of the Climate Bond Standards. In order to receive the “Climate Bond Certified” stamp of approval, a prospective issuer of a Green or Climate Bond must appoint an approved 3rd party verifier, who will provide a verification statement that the bond meets the Climate Bond Standard. The Climate Bond Standard allows Certification of a bond prior to its issuance, enabling the issuer to use the Climate Bond Certification Mark in marketing efforts and investor roadshows.  The Climate Bonds Standards Board (comprised of members representing $34 trillion of assets under management) confirms Climate Bond Certification once the bond has issued and the proceeds have been allocated to projects and assets.

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