Six Years Back, Six Forward

Tony Lent, MBA Co-Managing Partner, Aldwych Environmental and Renewables Group       This past December, 196 governments signed on to a global climate agreement in Paris. One of the surprises of the conference was the strong turnout of major corporations and asset owners making public their commitment to address climate within their remits. The government plans that were agreed …

Climate and Municipal Bonds

Jordan Sabin Climate bond issuance for 2015 still remains below the USD 100 billion estimate of the Climate Bonds Initiative and, as we are now well into the second half of the year, it seems unlikely that the market will reach such lofty goals. However, issuance is still tracking above the previous year, and the green bond universe continues to …

The PRI Climate Change Strategy Project

With scientific concerns about the effects of carbon emissions settled, asset owners are becoming increasingly interested in understanding what role they can play to help achieve a safe environment for future generations. A new discussion paper from the PRI, Reducing Emissions across the Portfolio, finds that there is a strong case for asset owners to play an effective role in …

How to Expand Access to Clean Energy Financing

Jacob Sandry Imagining futures is a fundamental activity of the human psyche. Apocalyptic blockbusters flood movie theaters every summer, technologists imagine how silicon will next transform our lives (I’m still waiting for my flying car), and political analysts predict how elections might reshape our country. One future that we are realizing nearly as quickly as we imagine it is clean …

Climate Bonds Struggle in Early 2015

Jordan Sabin May 11, 2015   At the beginning of the year, analysts predicted green bonds would enjoy continued growth, and estimated an issuance of USD100 billion in 2015. However, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, the market has only seen USD11.1 billion worth of bonds issued year to date. This has left many wondering about the staying power of …

China & Climate Bonds

Jordan Sabin March 25, 2015 Talking about climate change is pointless without discussing the United States and China—the two largest economies in the world that are also its two largest polluters. Given their enormous environmental footprint, any potentially successful plan to combat climate change must involve both countries. While calls for environmental reform have steadily grown in the United States …

The Potential for Climate Bonds

Associate Editor Jordan Sabin February 12, 2015   Science journals have covered climate change for several decades, and since the beginning of the century, global warming has seen plenty of front page press in newspapers around the world. Despite the large body of work on the subject, the vast majority of writings have stressed a single point—the moral obligation to …