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Ceres Investor Network to host webinar on water criteria for Green Bonds

The Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability of more than 150 institutional investors who collectively manage more than $24 trillion in assets is hosting a webinar next week on water criteria for green bonds.

The webinar will discuss the newly launched water criteria focused on nature-based solutions for green bonds. The criteria have been undergoing staged development by the Climate Bonds Initiative, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA-supported by the Stockholm International Water Institute), Ceres, CDP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and international experts.

The criteria are intended to help potential green bond issuers and investors define and evaluate low carbon and climate resilient water infrastructure projects encompassing two broad components:

  • climate mitigation
  • climate adaptation/resilience

The Water Infrastructure Criteria lay out the requirements that water infrastructure assets and/or projects must meet to be eligible for inclusion in a Certified Climate Bond.

A clear understanding of what sorts of investments are consistent with improving the climate resilience of water assets will help bond investors quickly determine the environmental credentials of water-related green bonds.

Developed in two phases, the Phase 1 Criteria cover engineered water infrastructure and Phase 2 Criteria covers nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for such purposes as water collection, storage, treatment and distribution, flood protection and drought resilience. Phase 1 Criteria were released to the market in October 2016.

The final phase in the water criteria development fully recognizes that ecosystems (including rivers, lakes, natural watersheds, aquifers, and groundwater) are the original water infrastructure and essential to meet local, national, and global resilience goals.

Nature-based solutions are increasingly being integrated within formal water management systems as green and hybrid infrastructure.

Click here to register for the CERES webinar on 14th June 2018

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