Climate Bonds Initiative

Annual Conference &
Green Bond Pioneer Awards

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Climate Bonds Initiative
Annual Conference & Green Bond Pioneer Awards 2018

London 20 March 2018


  • Overview
  • Conference
  • Awards
  • Roundtables

This leading event takes place in the City of London in March 2018. International market actors, leaders and policymakers will gather to discuss and debate how to scale global green bond markets from billions to trillions.

The Green Bond Pioneer Awards are the globally recognised symbol of innovation and achievement in green bond market development. 2018 will be the 3rd year of the GBPA.

Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Times: 09:00 - 18:00
Location: 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, London. More details here.


Asset owners, investment managers, infrastructure and debt specialists, underwriters, verifiers, regulators and policy makers from existing and emerging green bond markets, including the UK, EU, China, India, LATAM, Africa and Asia.


To support the 2018 Climate Bonds Annual Conference & Awards please contact:

Theme: How to get to a $1 Trillion p.a. Market

“A systemic response from global finance is required. Asset owners and managers need to adjust their capital allocations. Banks and corporates need to commence large scale green bond programs. Funding clean energy and green infrastructure to meet NDC goals is the objective. $1 trillion in green finance by 2020 is the performance measure.”

Christiana Figueres responding to annual green bond issuance passing the $100bn mark for the first time, during COP23 in Bonn. 

International market actors, leaders, policymakers will gather in London on the week beginning Monday 19th March 2018 to discuss and debate how to scale the global green bond market from billions to trillions.

Day 1: China Green Bonds Investor Forum, plus Champions workshop (nomination required)
Day 2: Main conference
Day 2 Evening: 3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards Ceremony
Day 3: Specialist Roundtables

For leaders in green bond market development. Reserve your place now! We have 550 seats available, but our 2017 conference was over-subscribed, so register now.

Meet bond investors, issuers and decision-makers. You will have the opportunity to connect, network and collaborate around an agenda of big ideas in green finance and investment.

Monday 19 March

Venue: London Stock Exchange, City of London

China Green Bonds Investor Forum, in association with EuroMoney

14 potential Chinese green bond issuers meet green bond investors. Restricted audience; please apply.
Speakers include:

  • Dr Ma Jun, Secretary-General of China’s Green Finance Committee
  • Dr Ma Xianfeng, Vice-Chair, China Securities Regulatory Commission
  • Representative from Principles of Responsible Investment, representing USD 70 trillion of AUM
  • Prospective green bond issuers, such as ICBC, Industrial Bank of China, Huizhou Bank, Shanghai-Pudong Development Bank, Goldwind, Bank of China
  • Sir Roger Gifford, City of London Green Finance Initiative
  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Green Bond Champions Workshop

This a closed door workshop for individuals working within the financial sector. It will involve sharing experience of achieving organisational change, with coaching from existing green bond practitioners. English language only.

Would-be participants have to apply to attend, briefly explaining how they are working to grow the green bonds market. No charge for this workshop.

Climate Bond Partners Reception

Networking reception for Climate Bond Partners and Champions, complete with an open discussion on how to rapidly grow the green bonds market.

Tuesday 20 March

Main Conference

Venue: 155 Bishopsgate, next to Liverpool Street Station.
All day, Registration from 7.30am, Start 8.30am sharp.

The Big Plenaries

  • What the public sector needs to do this year
  • The move towards global harmonisation: HLEG for Sustainable Finance, Green Definitions and the SDGs
  • Big predictions for the coming year

A Cornucopia of Parallel Sessions on the Day

  • Tales from 2017’s Happy Treasurers: Sharing the experience of Green Bond Issuance
  • Green Sovereigns: how-to, prospects
  • Emerging markets green bond development
  • Greening China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  • Beyond mitigation: how green bonds are being used for resilience and adaptation bonds
  • The missing link: US Corporate Green Bonds
  • Opportunities with Aggregation: Sovereign funds, infrastructure debt funds, ABS, covered bonds
  • The rise of green loans
  • Achieving a Just Transition
  • Newsbreak: green munis pricing
  • A plan for Green City bonds

Evening 20th March
3rd Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards
Refreshments and Networking

Wednesday 21 March

Specialist Roundtables

Please confirm participation for the open sessions when registering. (Various locations in the City of London - TBC).

8:30-11:00 Sessions:

  • Green Finance Centres Roundtable, co-hosted with UNEP Inquiry
  • Currency hedging for emerging markets, led by TCX
  • Training:  How to issue a green bond; How to verify

12:00-14:30 Sessions:

  • The Paris 1.5C target - What it means for green bonds
  • Roundtable on Aggregation Solutions in Emerging Markets
  • Climate Bonds assurance roundtable

15:30-18:00 Sessions:

  • The amazing Climate Bonds Standards Programme
  • Roundtable on climate risk for fund managers
  • London Meeting: European Green Securities Steering Committee (EGSSC), co-led by European Covered Bonds Council

Download the full CBI18 Conference Agenda


Discount rates for NGO representatives
FREE for Emerging Market government officials and other selected emerging market participants
FREE places for students studying green finance
We hope to see you in London.


Going into its third edition, Climate Bonds Initiative has championed the most successful and influential players of the Green Bonds & Debts industry. The Awards are in recognition of leading organisations, financial institutions and governments, who have pushed green finance forward and developed the green bonds market in the past year through their pioneering initiatives and issuances, providing a positive example of low carbon investments.


"The Green Bond Pioneer Awards honor the organisations that over the past year have been leaders in the global financial sector, mobilising the capital needed to address climate change, limit carbon emissions and finance the green infrastructure of the future. This year's Awards in part reflect the diversification of issuers and accelearation in the green bonds market that has taken place over the past year. (...) Behind each of the award winners in each category are a host of companies, institutions, municipal authorities and other organisations that have also been recognized for their contributions to climate finance, green bonds innovations, and low carbon growth paths. They also deserve acknowledgement and congratulations."
Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds


Discover the winners of the previous editions of the Green Bond Pioneer Awards.

To attend the GBI awards please register for the conference.

Date: Tuesday 20 March 2018
Times: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, London.


Wednesday 21 March - Specialist Roundtables

These morning and afternoon events will have a specialized focus and will be confirmed based on interest.

Open to all conference participants. Please confirm participation when registering
(because roundtables will be in different places across the City of London).


  • The Paris Agreement 1.5C target and what it means for green bonds
  • Training workshops: How to issue a green bond; How to verify
  • Currency hedging for emerging markets
  • Green Finance Centers (By invitation only)


  • Roundtable for regulators on developing green bonds
  • Roundtable on aggregation solutions in emerging markets
  • Climate Bonds assurance roundtable (By invitation only)
  • International developments on standardisation and green definitions
  • Roundtable on climate risk for fund managers
  • London Meeting: European Green Securities Steering Committee (EGSSC)