Climate Bonds Blog

Posted: Jan 13, 2016 by Andrew Whiley

The draft Water Climate Bonds Standard was released for public consultation in late November 2015. At C.O.B on 12 February 2016 this period of public comment will close. This deadline is fast approaching so we wanted to remind all interested parties to get feedback to us as soon as possible!

Reminder: Water Climate Bonds Standard is approaching the end of public consultation – have your say!
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 by Andrew Whiley

Another successful year for the green bond market with 2015 issuance hitting $41.8bn making it the biggest year ever for green bonds. 

2015 Year End Review - From tall trees to many green shoots: the evolution of the green bond market continues with 2015 seeing $41.8bn green bonds issued – that’s the biggest ever!
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 by Andrew Whiley

Let's recap a very successful UN COP last December as the perfect way to get motivated for the coming 12 months. Here are our 6 key takeaways from COP: 


1) Enormous opportunity to take INDC goals and develop matching Country Investment Plans

The one hundred and eighty-six national INDCs are one of the greatest achievements of this COP21 process. Implementing these individual country plans will need investors, development banks NGOs and governments all working together. 

Ready to tackle 2016? 5 key take aways from COP 21 to frame what's coming your way this year
Posted: Jan 4, 2016 by Andrew Whiley

2015 was a magnificent year for green bonds (look out for our year-end market summary coming soon!). Q4 is in particular a busy quarter for green bonds – a total of $14.87bn were issued, and November was the largest monthly issuance EVER with $7.4bn of green bonds. The 3 largest individual issuances of the year also hit the market in Q4 with a €1.5bn ($1.66bn) bond issued by KfW, two tranche deal of €0.5bn and $0.8bn ($1.3bn) issued by ING Bank; and a green bond totalling $1.25bn from EDF.

Credit Agricole CIB tops Q4 green bond underwriters table; the overall 2015 year end top spot goes to BAML!
Posted: Dec 29, 2015 by Andrew Whiley


The Low Carbon Transport Standard has been out for public comment since late October and is now nearing the end of its consultation phase. We welcome all interested parties to submit comments to Justine Leigh-Bell before COB 31 December. 

2 days remaining to submit your comments on our Low Carbon Transport Standard – public consultation closes on 31 December
Posted: Dec 23, 2015 by Andrew Whiley

The green bonds market has developed a lot in the past year. It’s time we celebrated that!

On 3 February 2016 the Climate Bonds Initiative will announce the 2015 Green Bond Pioneer Awards, kindly hosted by the London Stock Exchange (and its green bond listing).

Come and celebrate! The Awards will honour pioneering organisations and individuals whose green bond activities have been leading the market in creating climate finance solutions.

Diary Alert: Inaugural Green Bond (Pioneer) Awards - evening Wed 3 Feb 2016, at London Stock Exchange + afternoon seminar
Posted: Dec 22, 2015 by Andrew Whiley

People’s Bank of China (PBoC) today announced new guidance on green bond issuance in China’s inter-bank bond market.

The PBoC has also published Green Projects Catalogue developed by Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance & Banking (GFC), defining assets and projects qualified for green bonds.

PBoC Takes Post COP21 Step on Green Bonds. New Definitions, Market Guidance and Disclosure Rules. 中国人民银行在巴黎气候大会之后对绿色债券采取行动:新的绿色定义、市场引导和披露要求。
Posted: Dec 22, 2015 by Andrew Whiley

London: The alliance that launched the Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition at COP21 are inviting institutional investors & development banks to join the coalition in 2016 to promote the large scale financing of green infrastructure



What’s the GIIC coalition for?

Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition 2016 Call for Members. Global Alliance to Support Climate Finance and INDC Goals
Posted: Dec 21, 2015 by Sean Kidney


Streamlined assessment tool for investors and intermediaries


Climate Bonds Initiative has released the Climate Bonds Standard V2.0, the next iteration of an overarching multi-sector standard that allows investors and intermediaries to easily assess the environmental integrity of bonds claiming to be green and funding the low carbon and climate resilient future.

Climate Bonds releases new Standard V2.0 - post COP21 global guidance for green bond market participants
Posted: Dec 17, 2015 by Andrew Whiley

22 Dec 10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CET


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