Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney 

Co-founder and CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organisations involved in its development and governance; advising the EU; and working with China's central bank on how to grow green bonds in China. Sean is also Consultant (Green Bonds) to the United Nations Secretary General.

An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.

He is also a member of German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport; Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel; The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council; Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board; The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.

He was a member of the 2013 Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. 

Sean was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.

Sean has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.

Examples of past speaking engagements:

Publications by Sean

  • ​​Olsen-Rong, T, Kidney, S. and Sonerud, B. Climate Bonds Initiative, "Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market in 2015"
  • Oliver, P, Kidney, S, Sonerud, B.: “Growing a Green Bonds Market in China”, International Institute of Sustainable Development 2015
  • Oliver, P & Kidney, S.: “Growing a Green Bonds Market in China”, International Institute of Sustainable Development 2013
  • Chapter on “Climate Bonds und der Schweiz Energiewende” in Dr. Reichmuth, Tobias, “Die Finanzierung der Energiewende - Bestandsaufnahme, Massnahmen und Investitionsmöglichkeiten am Beispiel der Schweiz”. Published by NZZ Libro 2013.
  • Oliver, P., Boulle, B., Kidney S.: “Bonds and Climate Change: the State of the Market 2013”, Climate Bonds Initiative 2013
  • Chapter on “Climate Bonds: The Investment Case” in Oulton W. “Investment Opportunities for a Low-Carbon World 2nd ed.” Environmental Finance Publications 2012
  • Clenaghan, S, Damerow, F, Kidney, S, “How Covered Bond markets can be adapted for Renewable Energy Finance and how this could Catalyse Innovation in Low-Carbon Capital Markets”. Climate Bonds Initiative 2012.
  • Kidney, S, Mathews, J.A. “Financing climate-friendly energy development through bonds”, in Development Southern Africa Journal 2012.
  • “Mobilising Bond Markets for the Low-carbon Transition – An Eight-point Plan”. Modern Energy Journal 2012
  • Chapter on “Environmental theme bonds: a new fixed income asset class” in “Sustainable banking: Risk, reward and the future of finance”. ifr intelligence reports 2010
  • Kidney, S, Mathews, J.A. “Climate bonds: mobilizing private financing for carbon management”. Carbon Management Journal 2010.
  • Kidney, S, Mathews, J.A., Mallon, K., Hughes, M. “Mobilizing private finance to drive an energy industrial revolution”. Energy Policy Journal 2010
  • Mallon, K., Kidney S. “Climate Solutions 2: Low-Carbon Re-Industrialisation”, WWF Australia 2009
  • Kidney S. “How pension funds will bring social policy into investment planning”. Australian Financial Review Weekend Review, 2000.

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