The concept of climate transition focuses principally on the credibility of an issuer’s climate change-related commitments and practices. In order to meet the global objectives enshrined within the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C, significant financing is needed. Capital markets have a critical role to play in enabling the climate transition by ensuring the efficient flow of financing from investors to issuers wishing to address climate change risk issues.
To help facilitate these flows, this document seeks to provide clear guidance and common expectations to capital markets participants on the practices, actions and disclosures to be made available when raising funds in debt markets for climate transition-related purposes, whether this be in the format of; Use of Proceeds instruments, defined as those
aligned to the Green and Social Bond Principles or Sustainability Bond Guidelines or; General Corporate Purpose instruments aligned to the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles.