09 Aug '11, 7pm

Climate Bonds to Fund Clean Energy Development, While Providing Fixed Income

In 2009, an international think tank decided the global bond market could play a central role in financing clean energy projects, while providing attractive fixed income returns to investors. The International Network for Sustainable Financial Markets launched the Climate Bonds Initiative to foster the use of long-term debt to finance a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon economy. "Putting the emphasis on private financing allows a different perspective. In place of always talking about the ‘costs' of climate change, we can talk instead about investment opportunities," notes Nick Robins, HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence. "Bonds have allowed us to finance the building of Europe's sewer systems, the growth of America's highway system, and the financing of two World Wars. We can now use Climate Bonds to finance the quick, global transition required to head off ru...

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