Global Investors Support Green Bonds in Climate Finance Policy Mix

Paris, December 8, 2015: Twenty-Seven global investors representing over USD 11.2 trillion of total AUM today issued the ‘Paris Green Bonds Statement,’ (PGBS). Signatories have committed to support policies that drive the development of long term, sustainable global markets in green bonds as part of climate finance solutions.

Paris Green Bonds Statement signatories undertake to work through bodies like the Climate Bonds Initiative, with governments, development institutions, cities, commercial banks, NGOs and others. They commit to working to “grow a large and robust market that makes a real contribution to addressing climate change.”

Two Canadian investment houses are signatories to the Statement:  Addenda Capital and NEI Investments.

The Paris Green Bonds Statement calls on;

  • Industry experts and stakeholders: To develop clear standards for the climate change impacts and benefits of bond financed projects;
  • Bond Issuers: To ensure transparency around the use of bond proceeds and their impact;
  • Governments:to develop projects that can be financed by green and climate bonds.

Past years have seen the rapid growth of a Green Bonds and Climate Bonds market as a mechanism to tap the global bond market to finance solutions to climate change.  USD 40 billion of Green Bonds have been issued this year, topping the USD 37 billion of 2014 issuance, and far above the USD 11 billion for 2013.

The use of green bonds as a climate finance mechanism has been increasingly raised by delegates and presenters in a variety of COP21 fora over the last seven days.

“Enormous opportunity exists to deploy green bond financing, to renew existing, ageing urban infrastructure and also in emerging markets and economies that will be building new energy and urban networks in the coming years,” said Climate Bonds CEO, Sean Kidney:

“The one hundred and eighty-five INDCs on the table here in Paris are one of the greatest achievements on the COP21 process.  They will need climate financing to help reach their expressed goals and objectives. The Paris Green Bonds Statement reflects widespread institutional investor views that green and climate bonds have a part to play in sustainable and responsible investment to address climate change. “

The PGBS was coordinated by the Climate Bonds Initiative.

The PGBS builds on earlier investor statements calling for increased use of green bonds in climate finance, actively policy by governments and increased participation by investors and stakeholders to build deep, liquid and robust green bond markets.  A full list of signatories is below.

Paris Green Bonds Statement Signatories:

  • ACTIAM –  Jacob de Wit, CEO
  • Addenda Capital – Brian Minns, Sustainable Investing Specialist
  • Affirmative Investment Management – Stuart Kinnersley, CEO & Co-Founder
  • AllianceBernstein – Peter S. Kraus, Chairman and CEO
  • Allianz Global Investors – Franck Dixmier, Global CIO Fixed Income
  • Amundi Asset Management – Bernard Carayon, Deputy CEO
  • APG Asset Management – Herman Slooijer, Managing Director Global Credits
  • AP1/Första AP-Fonden – Mikael Angberg, CIO
  • AP2/Andra AP-Fonden – Ulrika Danielson, Head of Communications
  • AP3 /Tredje AP-fonden – Peter Lundkvist, Head of Corporate Governance
  • AP4/Fjärde AP-Fonden – Arne Lööw, Head of Corporate Governance & Dr Ulf Erlandsson, Sn r Portfolio Manager Credit
  • Aviva Investors – Dr Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer
  • AXA Investment Managers – Andrea Rossi, CEO
  • BlackRock Inc – Kevin Holt, Co-Head of Americas Fixed Income
  • BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Helena Viñes Fiestas, Head of Sustainability Research
  • Calvert Investments – Bennett Freeman, Senior VP, Sustainability Research & Policy
  • California Teachers’ State Retirement System CalSTRS – Jack Ehnes, CEO
  • F&C Investments – Vicki Bakhshi, Head of Governance & Sustainable Investment
  • Legal & General Investment Management – Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability
  • Mirova — Hervé Guez – Director Responsible Investment Research
  • MN – Anatoli van der Krans, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance
  • Natixis Asset Management – Hervé Guez, Director of Responsible Investment Research
  • NEI Investments – Robert Walker, Vice President Ethical Funds & ESG Services
  • NN Investment Partners – Hans Stoter, CIO
  • Pax World Mutual Funds – Dr Julie Fox Gorte, Senior VP, Sustainable Investing
  • Raiffeisen Capital Management – Dieter Aigner, Board Member
  • Zurich Insurance Group – Manuel Lewin, Head of Responsible Investment

Supported by the:

  • Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk – USA
  • Investor Group on Climate Change – Australia & New Zealand

See also the important Policy Guide issued by the Climate Bonds Initiative – Scaling up Green Bond Markets for Sustainable Development

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Scaling up Green Bond Markets for Sustainable Development offers detailed action plans and best-practice examples on how to scale green bond markets.

This Public Sector Guide is the result of a partnership between the Climate Bonds Initiative and the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

The Guide includes an annex from the World Bank Group as an additional resource for policymakers in emerging economies to assist them in foundational bond market development.

Download the full guide here A4 version / A3 version.

Download the Executive Briefing here.

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