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.

 

City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Santa Fe is the state capital of New Mexico, US. Its estimated population was 84,000 in 2016. It is the 4th largest city in New Mexico. 

This is the first green bond issuer from the state of New Mexico.

This is the 5th city in the US to issue a Climate Certified Bond, after New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Columbia (South Carolina). New Mexico becomes the 4th state in the US to issue a Climate Certified Bond, after New York, California and South Carolina.

This is the first Climate Certified Bond to fund specifically a wastewater biodigester plant.

The proceeds will be used to finance an Improvement Project for Santa Fe's Wastewater Utility System. This includes two new anaerobic digesters, a new automated control system, and a cogeneration facility that will generate electricity from the biogas produced by the digesters.

The bonds will be used to replace the City’s antiquated wastewater system with an environmentally-friendly version. The new system will use the methane gas byproduct to generate electricity and heat.  The City currently purchases most of the electricity to run the facility from PNM’s grid. By using the waste heat to warm the anaerobic digesters, the City will eliminate the need to buy natural gas and flare the methane, a greenhouse gas. Combined with the facility’s existing solar panels, up to 94 percent of the wastewater plant’s operational energy requirements will come from renewable energy.

“This conversion means the facility will no longer produce 3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. That’s the same as taking more than 600 homes off the grid annually or taking nearly 800 cars off the roads annually,” said Mayor Alan Webber, citing numbers derived from the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

 

 

DATE OF ISSUE

NAME OF BOND

TYPE OF INSTRUMENT

SIZE

TENOR

COUNTRY OF ISSUE

CLIMATE BONDS SECTOR CRITERIA

VERIFIER'S REPORT

ANNUAL REPORT FURTHER INFORMATION
March 2019 Net Wastewater Utility System / Environmental Services Gross Receipts Tax Improvement Bonds, Series 2019 Use of Proceeds USD 13.6 million 19 years United States

Water Infrastructure

pre issuance verification statement by First Environment  

Santa Fe press release

Santa Fe 25 year Sustainability plan

 

Information on the City's wastewater treatment facilities

 

News article

 

EMMA Offering Statement

 

Emma webpage