Climate Bonds Blog

Posted: Sep 16, 2011 by Sean Kidney

Earlier this week I sent you a note about our "LEEP" project to develop capital markets financing solutions for residential eco-refurbishment (energy efficiency + micro-renewables). It's a UK project at the moment, with plans to extend our work to other countries. Key features of the model are:

- Local Authorities facilitating and supervising local loan funds and service delivery for households.

- A mix of policy and service delivery solutions that will address barriers to eco-refurbishment being taken up by householders.

- Re-financing loan funds by issuing climate bonds designed to meet the needs of institutional investors.

Posted: Sep 15, 2011 by Sean Kidney

The Climate Bonds Initiative has been working all year on developing a sustainable and replicable residential eco-refurbishment solution that attracts commercial capital at a national scale.

Download advance copy of Phase One Report - click here

Posted: Sep 14, 2011 by Sean Kidney

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will next week publish a Working Paper on the "Role of Pension Funds in Financing Green Growth Initiatives".

> Download a sneak preview here.

The paper is part of their major Green Growth initiative and their Institutional Investors and Long-term Investment work.

Posted: Sep 2, 2011 by Sean Kidney

We welcome four new members of Climate Bonds Advisory Panel, working to develop green debt capital markets:

Imtiaz Ahmad , Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Bank. Imtiaz was responsible for establishing the Morgan Stanley’s carbon trading and projects business; he is currently working on climate finance initiatives. He Imtiaz is a director of the International Emission Trading Association and a member of the UK Government’s Capital Markets for Climate Initiative.

Posted: Aug 29, 2011 by Sean Kidney

1. The Southern California Public Power Authority is issuing a tax-exempt $159.4m project revenue bond to prepay for electricity from a wind farm.

The SCPPA is a non-profit “joint powers” agency of 12 public power utilities who come together to finance and acquire electricity generation projects, including many renewable energy projects.

Its model is to hold an undivided equity interest in the facility, issue tax-exempt debt financing to pay for the energy delivery, and sell 100% of the output to the interested members at cost.

This bond is the second; an 2010 bond for $237m (AA-/A1) won numerous 'deal of the year' awards.

Posted: Aug 7, 2011 by Sean Kidney

The German government decided last Thursday that the country's KfW development bank will finance 10 wind farms with a combined €5 billion; KfW will now be able to provide up to €700 million in funding (and half of that in risk participation) per project.

Keeping financing costs low is essential to making these new large offshore wind farms financially viable under the current feed-in tariff.

Pointer to other countries: that's the way we're going to quickly shift our energy systems to clean.

Posted: Aug 1, 2011 by Sean Kidney

The newsletter “Asset-Backed Alert” carried a story on Friday suggesting that the US is about to see a revival of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) municipal bonds, securitizing clean-energy loans to households.

Posted: Jul 29, 2011 by Padraic Oliver

The Climate Bonds Initiative announced today an expansion to the scope and intent of the Climate Bond Standard slated for release at the end of July 2011.

The first release of the Standard will now cover not only corporate bonds, but also project development bonds and bonds issued by securitization vehicles.

Posted: Jul 25, 2011 by Sean Kidney

CalSTRS Joins Climate Bonds Standards Board to Boost Green Debt Capital Market

Goal to assure integrity of green claims for investors, governments.

Posted: Jul 11, 2011 by Sean Kidney

The Australian Government announced on the weekend it will set up a "Clean Energy Finance Corporation" (CEFC) as a statutory body. The initiative is part of a large package of climate change finance measures, including a long-awaited carbon tax.