The project objective is to develop the climate bond markets through the establishment of a managed fixed income portfolio.
The project seeks outperformance by identifying, analyzing and selecting climate champions—issuers who are well placed to thrive in the coming climate change environment. Selection of climate champions will be based on the Climate Change Assessment Framework.
The Asia Climate Bond Portfolio has four main objectives:
The project seeks to address the underdevelopment of the climate bond market in AIIB members through a managed fixed income portfolio of USD500 million. It expects to mobilize another USD500 million from climate change-focused institutional investors. The project also seeks to allocate a portion of the investment proceeds for market education, engagement and issuer support.
For more information about project financing, please review the project summary.
The project involves the setting up of a managed portfolio of Climate Bonds and will make use of an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework, similar to the one approved for the Asian ESG Enhanced Credit Managed Portfolio, and consistent with the substance and vision of AIIB’s Environmental and Social Framework. The ESG will be enhanced with climate change criteria to ensure the project meets its investment objectives.
Based on the ESG Framework prepared for the project, AIIB will work with the investment advisor to ensure that the project can achieve its development objectives. The investment policy will incorporate the following:
In view of the application of this ESG framework, the project will make use of a derogation from the application of AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), which is designed to apply to more conventional investment projects where creation of physical assets is being financed and has not envisaged projects such as this one, where environmental and social compliance is more suitably assessed at the corporate rather than asset level.