Sustainable Finance Primer Series

This series aims to explore the foundations of sustainable finance – one of the most important emerging fields of our time. Each primer focuses on a specific subject matter, breaking down its definition, its importance, its challenges, and the current situation in Canada.

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The Canadian Expert Panel Report

By Sean Cleary, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Finance

The Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance was convened in April of 2018 by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Minister of Finance. Its final report was issued in June, 2019. The report calls on governments, regulators, and businesses to consider its recommendations "in charting Canada’s course toward a sustainable, prosperous, and resilient future.”

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Defining Sustainable Finance

By Sean Cleary, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Finance

Sustainable finance is a new concept with many definitions in circulation. Being clear on meaning and scope is critical to productive discussions and priority setting.

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Transition Bonds

By Dr. Ryan Riordan, Director of Research, Institute for Sustainable Finance

Transition bonds are a new class of bonds, the proceeds of which are used to fund a firm’s transition towards a reduced environmental impact or to reduce their carbon emissions. They offer the potential to enable firms that would not qualify to issue green bonds, to obtain sustainable-related financing.

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Green Bonds

Green Bonds

By Dr. Ryan Riordan, Director of Research, Institute for Sustainable Finance

Green Bonds are a type of bond designed to raise funds to invest in environmental or climate change mitigation projects. The development of vibrant green bond markets allows countries and organizations to mobilize traditional debt investments into projects that can have positive and environmentally friendly impacts for society.

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