Climate Bonds Blog

Posted: Mar 4, 2011

In what some people read as a sign of pent-up retail interest, UK green energy supplier Ecotricity has said that they're recent green bond offering to customers has been so successful they're going to become a permanent fixture.

The first bond was two times oversubscribed, raising £10 million. See the full story an 'Environment Finance'.

Ecotricity Green Bond success
Posted: Feb 19, 2011

Speaking at a State Street Global Advisors Green Bonds Summit in Boston, Climate Bonds Initiative Chair Sean Kidney announced that the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) had joined the Governing Authority of the Climate Bonds Certification and Standards Scheme.

The Standards Scheme will help spur the growth of the global green bonds market by giving investors and governments an easy way to assess the integrity of environmental claims.

Mr Kidney said: "According to the International Energy Agency we need at least a trillion dollars a year to be flowing into low-carbon industries if we're to avert catastrophic climate change. That money will come largely from bond markets. We need to ensure it's invested properly."

Premier US environment NGO joins Climate Bonds Standards project
Posted: Feb 4, 2011

Ireland has set out plans to create a green version of its job-spawning International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), and hopes that it could create 7,000 jobs over the next five years.

A lot of the initiatives are aimed at the carbon markets and green equity funds, but Paul Harris, head of natural resources risk management at Bank of Ireland Global Markets, and a member of the Green International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) Working Group, has one eye on future environmental bonds markets.

Ireland eyeing environmental bonds
Posted: Jan 13, 2011

CBI network member Ben Caldecott has published a piece on green bonds in the British Guardian newspaper (

UK Guardian on green bonds
Posted: Jan 6, 2011

Environmental Finance has just published an article. Responsible Investor briefly reports on the project. And Verdantix list Climate Bonds as one of their Ten Predictions for Sustainable Business in 2011.

From the Verdantix report: "Climate bonds will spur financial innovation for sustainability. Broader marketing of climate bonds – debt finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects –will increase financing options available for low carbon infrastructure." etc.

Media on Climate Bonds standards
Posted: Dec 24, 2010

The Climate Bonds Initiative has now secured funding for a project to develop an international standards and certification scheme for Climate Bonds.

One of the issues the Climate Bonds Initiative has canvassed in the past has been the need for standards around the labeling of "green" debt.

The aim of the certification project is to develop a means to give assurance for investors and NGOs about whether funds are being invested in credible manner. This will support liquidity, so that investors can buy and sell climate bonds knowing that if they stick to certified bonds they can be assured different bonds will have the same level of environmentally credibility.

Christmas News: Climate Bonds certification project underway!
Posted: Dec 23, 2010 reported this week that Danone, the French dairy products and bottled water giant, has been looking at the idea of issuing corporate bonds that would have an increased payout if they didn't meet environment, social and governance targets.

Would investors be interested if this approach were used for climate bonds, with penalty rates triggered if bonds don't live up to their environmental promises?

Danone considering corporate 'sustainability' bonds that premium if they don't meet targets
Posted: Dec 15, 2010

1. The Indian government is planning to use the proceeds from their new coal tax to help set up a green bank to fund renewable energy projects. Now that's a good idea for countries like the US, Australia and Brazil!

2. New article: We can learn from Japanese state banks how to use Climate Bonds to fund the transition to a low-carbon economy.

India setting up Green Inv Bank / Lessons from Japan's 'state' banks
Posted: Dec 12, 2010

Bryan Martel is managing director of California-based Environmental Capital Group. He serves as the advisor to the CalPERS California clean energy and technology fund, and other West Coast investors, on the environmental performance of private equity investments. He is one of the drivers behind the P8 and serves on its Secretariat. Bryan will also be joining the working party for the Climate Bonds International Standards and Certification project.

Bryan Martel and Vince Julier join Climate Bonds Advisory Panel
Posted: Dec 11, 2010

As the Cancun sun sets .... Russia helps sink Kyoto / UK Climate Change Committee a hit / Climate Finance Fund gets up / China’s low carbon Five Year Plan ... see below.

1. The UK Climate Change Committee (a statutory body under their Climate Action Bill) was popular amongst Cancun NGOs this week with its call for 60% emission cuts in the UK by 2030 and 50% by 2025. One NGO newsheet called it a “ray of sunshine”.

13 farewell COP snippets: >Indian hero >Finance Fund mess >China shows the way > and more