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Fundamentals of ESG and Climate Finance Loans

Learn the strategic importance of ESG Loans and how to apply them to the Loan Market Association’s ESG Loan principles

Compliance Issues in Green Investing and Sustainable Finance Course

A half-day live webinar

This course is a ‘must know’ for officers and bankers from:
  • Asset Management
  • Audit
  • Central Banks
  • Consulting
  • Corporate and ESG Financial Institutions
  • Credit Risk
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Legal Services
  • Marketing
  • Pension Funds
  • Planning
  • Regulators
  • Treasury

  • Focuses on ESG and Climate Finance loans and their mechanics.
  • Uses current market data and transactions to relate best practice.
  • Trainer has direct experience as an ESG investor & is a Climate Finance consultant to international banks.
  • In-depth consideration of best practice via recent case studies.
  • Applies the latest Loan Market Association's Green, Social and Sustainability-linked loan principles.
  • Explores EU green regulation, the EU green Taxonomy and reporting directives.
  • Considers ESG and Climate Finance risk from both lender’s/investor’s perspectives.


  • Understand the strategic importance of ESG & Climate Finance loans.
  • Examine the characteristics of green, social and sustainability-linked loans in the context of current loan and capital market transactions.
  • Use ‘Climate Bonds Initiative’ public Climate Finance risk data to deepen your understanding of green finance.  
  • Understand and apply the Loan Market Association’s ESG loan principles: Use of Proceeds, Evaluation, Selection, Management of proceeds and Reporting to ESG case studies.
  • Introduction to EU (European Union) regulations, the EU green Taxonomy & Reporting directives.
  • Examine two leading European borrowers’ Green and EU Sustainable Finance Frameworks & how to conduct due diligence as a lender/investor
  • Introduction to social loans and bonds & the EU Social Taxonomy
  • Explore the creation of social loans and bonds via a case study.
  • Understand the roles of external party opinions, verification, assurance & certification.

Introduction

  • The context of debt investing in ESG (Environmental social and governance) and Climate Finance.
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • ESG investment – players and objectives

Green loans

  • What constitutes a green loan?
  • LMA (Loan Market Association) Green Loan Principles
  • Green Finance plenary case study & discussion
  • Green loan pricing plenary discussion
  • Market-based green loan/bond pricing using the Climate Bonds Initiative data
  • Use of Proceeds
  • Project Evaluation and Selection
  • Management of Proceeds
  • Reporting
  • External Reviews & how to utilise them
  • EU Green Deal, regulation & the EU green Taxonomy
  • Other Taxonomies

Social loans

  • What is a social loan?
  • LMA Social loan principles
  • Social loan/bond case study
  • The evolving EU Social Taxonomy
  • Social loan core components
  • Pricing social loans
  • Trends in social lending

Sustainability-linked loans

  • Defining sustainability-linked loans
  • How they differ from green and social loans
  • LMA Sustainability-Linked loan principles
  • Key Performance Indicators & Sustainability Performance Targets
  • Calibration of KPIs and SPTs
  • Sustainability-linked loan case study – analyse an issuer’s sustainability framework and second party opinion
Wrap up / Q and A

The trainer is an experienced international and emerging market capital markets consultant. He actively consults on Climate Finance to International ESG Financial Institutions utilising his technical and leadership knowledge and skills. He has first-hand experience in over 38 emerging and frontier markets as an ESG investor in a range ESG/Climate and non-ESG debt, equity and loan investment products.

As a former senior banker In EBRD he led a team which worked closely with multi industry-sector bankers and risk officers to create loan, bond and equity investments in over 25 local currencies. He also has considerable expertise in debt capital market governance and strategy.

Green, social and sustainability-linked loans have increased to an estimated $78.6 billion in 2021 (2022 survey by BNPP and City UK) and are set to significantly grow. This interactive course will provide participants with an introduction to green, social and sustainability linked loans in Europe and will focus on them from a lender’s perspective.

Using current market data and public transactions this course will enable participants to understand the practicalities of assessing, pricing and structuring green, social and sustainability-linked loans.

The advanced approach of the EU, its Green Deal, Taxonomy and regulation is considered to inform the learning. Borrowers’ green and sustainable frameworks and second party opinions are evaluated within ESG case studies to allow participants to recognise best practice in ESG and Climate Finance loans.

  • All the information presented were very clear and well-structured and offered me a better understanding of the ESG loan market.
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£895.00

Per participant

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