Growth of sustainable finance has opened the door for companies in carbon intensive industries to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Forward-looking organizations in these sectors once left out of environmental finance programs now have the opportunity to to raise capital through the issuance of transition or “brown” bonds.
Learn more about our Transition Bond service.
Overview of Our Transition Bond Service
Grounded in international science-based targets – Sustainalytics’ methodology for assessing transition bond frameworks includes both issuance-level considerations and issuer-level considerations. For this, Sustainalytics developed detailed criteria for transition-eligible activities.
Use of proceeds: Alignment of financed business activities and projects with Sustainalytics' transition eligibility criteria
Project evaluation and selection
Management of proceeds
Allocation and impact reporting
Issuer’s climate transition strategy and governance
Business model environmental materiality
Climate transition strategy to be ‘science-based’ including targets and pathways
Key Benefits for Issuers of Transition Bonds
Investor diversification for sectors that have been traditionally excluded from the green market but have a key role to play in addressing climate change.
Enhance visibility of your bond, company and sustainability activities.
Reinforce your sustainability strategy through commitments to investors and key stakeholders.
Increase investor dialogue and engagement that facilitates a better understanding of your business.
Use of Proceeds Assessment Service
At Sustainalytics we also offer a Use of Proceeds (UoP) Assessment. The assessment is an evaluation of the eligibility criteria for categories of sustainable projects that issuers intend to finance through sustainable finance instruments, such as green, social, sustainability and transition bonds or loans.
The final report is a non-public assessment that can be used by the issuer teams for internal purposes only eg. to inform the framework development process.
The final report will be an assessment in line with Sustainalytics’ Use of Proceeds Financing methodology, informed by relevant ICMA principles.
Option to Extend
Issuers can extend the engagements to a full Second-Party Opinion within 12 months.
No SPO Commitment Required
Issuer can sign up for UoP assessment without committing to the full SPO.
The UoP Assessment is priced at a discount versus an SPO and the contract value of the UoP assessment will be available as credit if the engagement is extended to a full SPO.
The UoP assessment has a quick turnaround time of 2 to 3 weeks.
Advantages of Second-Party Opinions
A Second Party-Opinion of your transition bond framework ensures that your bond is in line with market expectations and industry best practices. An SPO gives investors confidence in your transition bond issuance.
Independent Opinion that provides additional assurance to investors.
Market positioning that can attract new types of investors.
Alignment with market best practices.
Our framework evaluation process is simple yet thorough. We work closely with you to understand your sustainability objectives, your projects and your processes and ensure they align with transition pathways.
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