The Climate Bonds Standard is a screening tool for investors and governments which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions.

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Climate Bonds Scientific Framework

The Climate Bonds Scientific Framework is a rigorous, scientifically grounded analysis on emission mitigation pathways, technology options and impact that anchor the Climate Bonds Taxonomy and certification criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard to the latest views of the climate science community.  It will also provide a coherent foundation for the Climate Bond Initiative's continued development of sector-specific eligibility criteria that prospective debt issuances must meet in order to be certified as Climate Bonds.

The Climate Bonds Scientific Framework is overseen by the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI) Board and implemented by CBI staff, Climate Wedge and a network of climate research institutions led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). PIK is the world’s leading institution in energy-economic modeling of global carbon budgets and mitigation pathways.

The Framework is based on a joint research effort between several institutions: Climate Analytics (lead research), IIASA in Austria, PBL in the Netherlands and FEEM in Italy (co-contributors). The scope of work is based on analyzing the existing body of research on emission pathways and related technology alternatives and mitigation impacts, behind e.g. the IPCC’s 5th assessment report.

The research outcome highlights the importance of different technology categories in achieving a 2°C cap in the growth of global average surface temperatures. Initial findings of the research group are validated among a broader scientific review group including leading institutions in the US and China.  

A permanent CBI Climate Science Advisory Panel has been established to manage the ongoing development of the Science Framework and act as a close advisor to the CBI Board.