What's Happening in Sustainable Finance: Impact Reporting for Bonds, the Low-carbon Transition for the Cement Industry, and More

Posted on April 18, 2022





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  • Nicholas Gandolfo, Director, Corporate Solutions
  • Marika Stocker, Senior Manager, Corporate Solutions

In this episode, Nick and Marika welcome special guest Simon Vacklen, Senior Manager with Sustainalytics’ Corporate Solutions to discuss impact reporting for use of proceed bonds. As more funds are allocated to labeled and sustainability-linked bonds, there is growing demand from investors to understand and measure the positive impact of the assets and projects financed. Simon notes that while the current focus is on environmental and climate impacts, such as the amount of greenhouse gases avoided, the market is also looking toward ways to effectively quantify positive social impact. 

Sustainalytics Launches Impact Reporting for Bonds and Loans

To support companies and investors looking for opportunities to analyze and investigate the impact of their projects and investments, Sustainalytics now offers Impact Reports for Bonds and Loans. Available for pre- and post-issuance assessments, the reports provide issuers with a credible and independent analysis of the impacts both expected and achieved by financed projects.  

Climate Bonds Standard Shares Criteria for Hard-to-Abate Sectors

The Climate Bonds Standard announced that it will be expanding to include criteria and certification for credible transition for heavy industrial sectors, starting with the cement industry. The cement criteria will provide science-based requirements which identify when investment and activity in the sector are aligned with the transition to the Paris Agreement objectives. Throughout 2022, the Climate Bonds Standard plans to expand its criteria to support the low-carbon transition of other heavy-emitting sectors such as basic chemicals and steel. 

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Key Moments

0:01:10 Market news
0:01:52 AFME - ESG Finance Report 2021
0:02:23 Green bond market forecast for 2022 and beyond
0:02:57 Nuclear and gas debate in the EU green taxonomy
0:03:18 Environmental Finance Sustainable Bonds Insight 2022
0:03:57 Boom in sovereign green issuances
0:04:09 IFC updates guidelines for blue bonds
0:04:18 Transition bond debates continue
0:04:34 Ongoing discussion around mapping Scope 3 emissions
0:05:01 Outlook on scaling up carbon markets
0:05:35 ISSB and the harmonization of disclosures
0:06:13 Challenge directed at SBTi process
0:06:59 EU Green Bond Standards
0:07:04 CBI report on premiums for green and social bonds
0:07:52 CBI China Transition Report
0:08:06 Climate Bonds Standard transition criteria for cement sector
0:08:28 Special Guest - Simon Vacklen discusses impact reporting for green and social bonds
0:16:45 SLB overview
0:21:03 SLL overview
0:25:25 Audience questions
0:30:38 Green bonds overview
0:34:13 Green loans overview
0:35:49 Social bonds and loan overview
0:36:39 Labeled products overview
0:38:25 Transition bond and regulatory news


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