Climate Bonds Blog

Posted: Nov 30, 2009 by Sean Kidney

December 2 2009


A big rise in borrowing through index-linked and long-dated government bonds would be the most effective action the Treasury could take to help hard-pressed defined benefit pension schemes, according to the industry's trade body.

The National Association of Pension Funds said that 80% of its members saw an increase in the issuance of long-dated and inflation-linked gilts as the government measure that would most help its members.

Pensions experts say protecting schemes against adverse market moves requires the purchase of long-dated and index-linked gilts, since these move in line with pension fund -liabilities.

Posted: Nov 25, 2009 by Sean Kidney

For the past six months the Climate Bonds Initiative, working with a range of associated groups, has been pressing political parties in the UK to adopt policies for a "Green Investment Bank" and for "Green Bonds". (You can read more about these proposals in our Climate Bonds discussion paper).


In late November the UK Conservative's Shadow Chancellor announced that, if they win government, they will set up a Green Investment Bank to:
"design frameworks that provide the certainty and incentives to attract private sector investment in green technologies"

Posted: Nov 14, 2009 by Sean Kidney

Climate war chest  |  November 5–11 2009 | page 8

“Climate bonds” are the way to ramp up investment in climate-change response, in the same way that war bonds funded military spending in the two world wars, a non-profit group established to promote investment in renewable energy says.

A spokesperson for Climate Bonds Initiative, Sean Kidney, says in response to a recent report highlighting the urgent need for emissions controls that investors need an option to invest in renewable energy without compromising returns.

“They have to be equivalent investments,” he explains.