Certification

The Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme is a labelling scheme for bonds, loans & other debt instruments. Rigorous scientific criteria ensure that it is consistent with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming to under 2 degrees. The Scheme is used globally by bond issuers, governments, investors and the financial markets to prioritise investments which genuinely contribute to addressing climate change.

 

Assurance & Certification

Assurance is an important part of the Climate Bonds Standard & Certification Scheme, and is highly valued by investors and other stakeholders in the green bond market.

All Certified Climate Bonds have been checked by an Approved Verifier, who provides a formal assurance report. 

The Assurance Framework for the Climate Bonds Standard has been developed to enable:

  • Smooth and efficient assurance engagements
  • Greater confidence in the consistency of assurance outcomes across the different Verifiers and amongst the various Certified Climate Bonds
  • Better understanding of what the bond Issuer needs to do to be ready for the assurance engagement and what the Verifier will be testing
  • Clarity on the relationship between the Climate Bonds Standard Board and the Verifiers

 

Verifiers providing assurance for Climate Bonds must be on the Climate Bonds Standard Board’s list of Approved Verifiers.

The Issuer must engage the Verifier and pay for the engagement. Arrangements between the Issuer and Verifier are under commercial terms.

The assurance report produced by the Verifier must be sent to the Climate Bonds Standard Board, but it is not mandatory for that report to be made public. Any public release of assurance reports (or summary reports) is at the discretion of the Issuer and the Verifier, and should be considered in their commercial arrangements.

Verifiers must use the existing auditing and assurance standard (ISAE 3000) to develop their work plans and approaches.

The Climate Bonds Initiative holds regular Assurance Roundtable discussions to provide a collaborative platform for Climate Bonds Approved Verifiers to share their experience under the Climate Bonds Standard. The Roundtable represents a valuable opportunity to discuss the principles, approaches and practicalities for assurance under the Climate Bonds Standard & Certification Scheme. 

 

BECOME A VERIFIER

The Climate Bonds Standard Board approves Third Party Verifiers on the basis of their competence to conduct the assurance process.  This competence includes experience in climate change/low carbon related work and financial debt instruments.

 

WHO ARE APPROVED VERIFIERS?

See the full list

 

SUPPORT FOR VERIFIERS

Find out about Basic Certification and Programmatic Certification routes.

Please direct your questions to verifierforum@climatebonds.net or contact:

Matteo Bigoni

Head of Certification

Climate Bonds Initiative 
mob:
 +44 (0) 7850 390 261

matteo.bigoni@climatebonds.net

certification@climatebonds.net
 

 

Disclaimer:

"The Climate Bonds Standard Board operates legally as an advisory committee of the Climate Bonds Initiative Board and oversees the development of the Climate Bonds Standard. Neither the Climate Bonds Standard Board nor any organisation, individual or other person forming part of, or representing, the Climate Bonds Standard Board (together, "CBSB") accepts or owes any duty, liability or responsibility of any kind whatsoever to any issuer which wishes to apply for any of its bonds to be certified under the Climate Bonds Certification Scheme ("Scheme"), or to any issuer whose bonds may at any time be certified under the Scheme or to any other person or body whatsoever, whether with respect to the award or withdrawal of any certification under the Scheme or otherwise. All advice or recommendations with respect to any certification under the Scheme or otherwise that CBSB provides to the Climate Bonds Initiative Board is provided to it in an advisory capacity only and is not to be treated as provided or offered to any other person”