AIIB and Amundi launch climate change investment framework

A new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)/Amundi Climate Change Investment Framework is being launched with the benchmark investor tool being used to assess climate change risks and opportunities in line with three objectives of the Paris Agreement at the issuer level.

It was endorsed by green and climate bond market certifier, Climate Bonds Initiative, and would aim to fill the gap that current private capital mobilisation efforts lacked.

The three key objectives focused on:

  • Fundamental metrics;
  • Equipping investors with a new tool to assess an issuers level of alignment with climate change mitigation; and
  • Adaption and low-carbon transition objectives.
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At the Climate Bonds Initiative international conference, Jin Liqun, AIIB president and chair of the board of directors, said: “The global climate challenge is a huge threat to our world and urgent multilateral action is needed to address this crisis and help our members meet their commitments to the Paris Agreement.

“In launching this framework, we and our partners show our commitment to playing an important role in the battle against climate change, by contributing to strengthening market capacity and driving the green agenda in Asia.”  

Yves Perrier, Amundi chief executive, said mobilising key stakeholders in supporting the Paris Agreement in Asia was in line with Amundi’s commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and reflected the firm’s commitment to the region.

“This new framework will further help the investment community address climate change through the mobilization of capital to emerging markets where it is much needed,” Perrier said.

Sean Kidney, Climate Bonds Initiative chief executive, said action on climate meant private sector involvement to create green capital markets.

“With this Framework, AIIB and Amundi are laying a new foundation for the development and growth of climate finance and transition investment in the region,” Kidney said.

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