Getting governments to think more cleverly about the use of scarce public capital to leverage private finance for climate change solutions and building a global standards scheme for the issuance of Climate Bonds.
Sean Kidney is CEO of the London-based Climate Bonds Initiative, originally a project of NSFM. The Climate Bonds Initiative works to mobilize debt capital markets to fund a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon economy. It undertakes projects to develop policy architecture that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency investibility and informs investors and prospective issuers about opportunities with climate-themed bonds.
Sean is director of Sustainable Financial Markets and a member of the:
- UK Government's Capital Markets Climate Initiative;
- Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance;
- Mercer’s Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel.
Sean has worked as an advisor for pensions funds, national governments and not-for-profits. He founded and has been CEO of four specialist communications agencies, worked on strategies for change in areas ranging from justice and health, to financial literacy and parenting support. He has overseen the development of marketing campaigns for dozens of organisations.
Sean was previously a marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds; and a social marketer and publisher.
1. The mobilization capital to fund a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon economy and provide a reduced risk environment for long term returns. There is no scope for other sustainability issues if climate isn’t addressed.
2. The intersection between the interests of long-term capital and a sustainable economic and social environment. Peace and social stability, plus the consistent economic advancement that comes with good political governance, will be better for most investors than a war-ravaged planet.