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Key note speaker: Sean Kidney
The Climate Bonds Initiative in an investor-focused NGO that works to accelerate the global shift to a low-carbon and climate resilient
economy by mobilizing bond markets.
Supported by a 50 member international Advisory Panel, it works to reduce market friction and improve risk differentiation for green investments. That includes advocacy around standards; issuer support for bond market development; and policy interventions that change the rules of game,
away from brown to green.
Projects include developing proposals for the European Commission’s DG Climate on Europe’s role in mobilizing private sector capital for climate solutions; developing green securitization regulatory and policy proposals; and publishing regular state of the market analysis.
Sean has recently been commissioned by the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Suummit Support team office to help with a Green Bonds workstream for the UN Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit; and is working with the Development Research Centre of China's State Council on growing a green bond market in China.
The Climate Bonds Initiative runs an International Climate Bonds Standards and Certification Scheme. The $22 trillion Climate Bond Standards Board includes:
- The Treasurer of California, Bill Lockyer.
- The US Investor Network on Climate Risk.
- The EU Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change.
- CalSTRS, the USA’s second largest pension fund.
- Australia’s Investor Group on Climate Change.
- CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council.
Its industry working group includes representatives from KPMG, Standard & Poor’s, Aviva Investors and the IFC. The first standards-compliant bonds will be issued soon.
An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences and seminars in Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Paris, Frankfurt, Utrecht, London, Casablanca, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Sean is a director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, an international network of finance sector professionals and academics and who see the need for fundamental changes to improve financial market integrity, stability and efficiency. He was a member of the 2013 Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance.
He is also a member of
- German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport
- Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel.
- The Canadian Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council.
- Carbon War Room’s Building Efficiency Advisory Board.
- The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport’s (SloCAT) Financing Framework.
Sean was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
Sean has four daughters and lives in London with his partner.
More than 34bn USD have been issued in green bonds worldwide in 2014, at least 1.25bn euros (1.6bn USD) in Spain. Climate Bonds Initiative expects the Green Bonds market to reach 40bn USD by year-end, a significant increase compared to recent years.
The Green Bonds International Conference will present and discuss, in an interactive way, the green bond market and its growth, from its definition and assurances of what can be a green bond to concrete and recent examples.
Beyond traditional presentations, the conference will be an opportunity for networking during and after the event, in addition to the interaction with experts.
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