Green Bond Workshop Series in Mexico
Managing climate-related and environmental risks, which increasingly impact social, economic and financial systems across the globe, requires massive investment into a more sustainable low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. The Mexican government’s commitment to reduce emissions by 25 percent until 2030 – jointly with market-led initiatives – does not only put carbon-intensive assets and investments at a higher risk but also creates new business and investment opportunities.
An increasingly recognized and popular financial instrument used by the public and private sector to effectively raise the capital urgently needed for such a green transformation are Green Bonds. To build and enhance the knowledge on Green Bonds as financing and investment tool, we invite representatives from policymaking and regulatory bodies, financial institutions, public and private companies, local governments, investors as well as environmental and climate research, consulting and rating institutions to join our workshop series on Green Bonds. Participants will learn from leading finance and science experts and gain profound knowledge and hands-on technical expertise on the pillars that constitute a robust Green Bond framework. These include:
- Definitions & Selection
- Monitoring & Reporting
- and Market Aspects
- Publication by GIZ, SEB & ABM: Green Bonds – Ecosystem, Issuance Process and Regional Perspectives | Mexico Editionn (February 2018)
Workshop I: Definitions, Selection & Verification (10 & 11 October 2016, Mexico City)
The first workshop within the series focused on the topics Definitions, Selection & Verification and was addressed to banks, potential issuers and investors (10 October 2016) and to regulators and potential verifiers (11 October 2016).
Workshop II: Monitoring, Reporting & Market Aspects (1 & 2 March 2017, Mexico City)
The second workshop within the series focused on the topics Monitoring, Reporting & Market Aspects and addressed potential issuers, investors and underwriters (1 March 2017) and policymakers and potential verifiers (2 March 2017).
Roundtable discussion: Green Financial Solutions in Mexico – How to Move from Niche to Mainstream? (18 October 2017, Mexico City)
At this roundtable, leading national and international experts from banks, pension funds, the stock exchange, regulatory bodies, as well as rating agencies and climate finance institutions discussed how to enhance robust and profitable green financial solutions in Mexico. Key topics focused on promoting national green bond underwriter champions, the use of independent second opinions & impact reporting, as well as how to incubate domestic green institutional investors.
Session: Risk Assessment for Green Bond Investments at ABM’s Annual Risk Management Symposium (20 October 2017, Mexico City)
The panel discussion focused on how green bonds can contribute to enhance transparency, environmental disclosure and a comprehensive risk assessment of investments. The session is part of the Annual Risk Management Symposium organized by the Asociación de Bancos de México (ABM), which is attended by roughly 500 risk management professionals as well as business representatives.