The Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme is a labelling scheme for Entities, Assets and Debt Instruments. Rigorous scientific criteria ensure that Certified investments in climate mitigation are consistent with the 1.5owarming limit in the Paris Agreement. The Scheme is used globally by bond issuers, governments, investors and the financial markets to prioritise investments which genuinely contribute to addressing climate change.

Protected Agriculture in Mexico

Status: The Protected Agriculture Criteria in Mexico is available for use in certifications. Get in contact with sends e-mail) to start the certification process of your protected agriculture green bond in Mexico.

Bonds and loans linked to these eligible assets and projects will be aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5oC limit.


What are the the Protected Agriculture Criteria? 

These Criteria lay out the requirements that protected agriculture assets and projects must meet in order to be eligible for Climate Bonds Certification. The bond must also meet the overarching Climate Bonds Standard.

The Protected Agriculture Criteria covers facilities including: PVC film or glass greenhouses, systems for closure and/or isolation, precision fertilizer and other chemical use, non-soil substrates as well as dedicated infrastructure and support facilities such as computer and sensor controlled air and light control systems.

Development of the Protected Agriculture Criteria 

The Protected Agriculture Criteria was developed with a specific focus on Mexico, continuing the work on various Criteria under Land Use including forestry, land conservation and restoration, and griculture. To create the Criteria, a peer reviewed process was been established, which assessd the scientific and financial feasibilty of the proposed Criteria. 

Since these criteria were developed for Mexico, it had been hoped that they could be edited in order to be applied globally.  Initial investigations concluded that this would not be a straightforward task largely because of the differing (and often extensive) use of energy in some geographies.  No further work is currently planned therefore for protected agriculture. 

Why Mexico?

Mexico has seen dramatic growth and geographic expansion in the use of protected agriculture with greenhouse-based production rising from 790 hectares in 2000 to over 23,000 hectares in 2015, representing a compounded 25% annual growth rate over this period. Future growth in protected agriculture in Mexico will be influenced by the demand in the US market (the destination for an estimated 80% of greenhouse-based production) as well as the trade policy context.

Public Consultation

The public consultation process for this Criteria was held between 3 September 2018 and 3 October 2018.

Protected Agriculture Criteria Technical Reviewers 

  • Dr. Christine Negra, Versant Vision LLC
  • Lawrence Pratt, INCAE
  • Juan Manuel Ortega
  • Peter Chege, Hydroponics Kenya
  • Rama Chandra Reddy, World Bank Group
  • Will Nicholson, Food Climate and Research network
  • Henrik Selin, Boston University
  • Salvador Gonzales



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