5th March: Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards

5th March, Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Old Library, Guildhall

(Entrance via the Art Gallery)

Gresham St, London EC2V 7HH


Climate Bonds 4th Green Bond Pioneer Award

The Green Bond Pioneer Awards highlights the leading transactions from the past year.  A selection of the shortlisted nominees of the green bond deals of the year will present their transactions, and by analysing the borrowers’ objectives, deals’ structure, market response and investor sentiment, highlight what made them so innovative and ground-breaking. 

This year we will be handing out 22 Green Bond Pioneer Awards across a wide range of categories. As in previous years, we have engaged an independent committee to select and confirm awards categories for 14 awards.

Please note: this event is invitation only and all registered people will receive a confirmation via email.

Dress Code: Formal Attire - Suits for men and dresses for ladies.

The Committee:

For the Awards, Climate Bonds convened a buy-side advisory committee to provide guidance and support in both the research and winner selection process. The responsibilities of the committee covered the following areas:

  • Provide feedback on proposed categories for subjective and non-subjective awards
  • Give input into the proposed metrics for picking winners
  • Review and discuss the proposed winners, based on Climate Bonds' research
  • Provide advice on new/alternative categories
  • If possible, be present at the Awards ceremony to hand out Awards and Certificates

The following committee members supported CBI in this process:

  • Erin Bigley, AB Global
  • Wilfried Bolt, PGGM
  • Julien Foll, AXA IM
  • Felipe Gordillo, BNPP AM
  • Greg Hasevlat, Pax World / Impax AM
  • Tess Evans-Rong, Affirmative IM
  • Richard Sherry, M&G IM
  • Michaela Seimen, UBS Global Wealth Management
  • Bill Sokol, Van Eck
  • Francesca Suarez, Mirova
  • Marcelo Otávio Wagner, Brasilprev Seguros e Previdência

For the first time, we also have 8 award categories open to the public for nominations.

Award categories selected by committee:

Largest bond of 2018
Largest EM bond of 2018
Largest new issuer
Largest new EM issuer
New products / innovation
New countries
Largest certified bond
Largest EM certified bond
Largest new certified bond issuer
Largest new EM certified bond issuer
Largest external reviewer
Largest approved verifier - Certified Climate Bonds
Top GB underwriter
Top EM GB underwriter

Categories open for public nomination:

Developing & harmonising green taxonomy
Regulator of the year
Personality of the year
Listing venue of the year
Development bank of the year
Green finance collaboration/initiatives of the year
Best issuer GB framework
Best GB reporting

Public nominations are now closed.

Past Pioneer recipients include Dr Ma Jun, Fannie Mae, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Berlin Hyp, Hannon Armstrong, NY MTA, Government of Nigeria, Île-de-France, Fiji, City of Mexico, France and more.

Green Bond Awards & Conference Networking Reception


  • Guest speaker address
  • Awards presentation by leading green finance actors
  • Reception, refreshments & networking

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with international green finance leaders and award recipients from around the world.

The 4th Green Bond Pioneer Awards will be exclusive to Green Bond Boot Camp attendees and invited guests due to the limited capacity of the Guildhall, a historic venue in the heart of the City of London.

If you need further information about the awards please email nominations@climatebonds.net

Note: The Awards and Certificates remain CBI’s effort and responsibility. Committee members provided informal advice in a personal capacity only. Their involvement does not imply any formal consent or endorsement of the Awards and Certificates categories and winners, covering the research process and/or final selection, on the part of the organisations they work with.