The Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme is a FairTrade-like labelling scheme for bonds. Rigorous scientific criteria ensure that it is consistent with the 2 degrees Celsius warming 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.



Climate Bonds Standard


Why is it important?

Investor demand for Green Bonds & Climate Bonds is strong, and will increase in line with the delivery of quality products into the market.

However, investor concerns about the credibility of green labelling are also growing. Standards, assurance & certification are essential to improved confidence and transparency, and further strong growth in the market.

What is it?

The Climate Bonds Standard and Certification against that Standard is an easy-to-use tool that allows investors and intermediaries to assess the environmental integrity of bonds. The Standard is backed by the Climate Bonds Standard Board of investor representatives, which collectively represent $34 trillion of assets under management.  

The Climate Bonds Standard 

The Climate Bonds Standards (V2.1) consists of a Certification process, pre-issuance requirements, post-issuance requirements and a suite of sector-specific eligibility & guidance documents. The 2016 update of the Green Bond Principles have been fully integrated. 

Download the full Climate Bonds Standard here.


Certification is a simple and worthwhile process. The bond issuer contracts an Approved Verifier to confirm that the bond meets with all of the requirements in the Standard.

Sector-Specific Eligibility Criteria

These spell out the technical criteria for sector-specific projects & assets