V.E, a Moody’s affiliate, has provided a Second Party Opinion (SPO) on NRG Energy’s Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework. NRG is the first US based issuer to receive an SPO on a Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework.
NRG’s Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework has been tied to one Key Performance Indicator:
- A decrease in NRG’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 compared with the current 2014 baseline, equivalent to a target of 31.7 MMtCO2e.
V.E considers the Framework to be aligned with the five core components of the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (2020), and in line with best practices.
“The KPI’s relevance and the ambition of the target are considered ‘advanced’, V.E’s highest level,” said Benjamin Cliquet, Head of Sustainable Finance Business Development at V.E. “The KPI is clearly defined, material, measurable and externally verified. The target is in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s guidance to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.”
V.E has been a pioneer on the sustainability-linked bond market, providing SPOs on Sustainability-Linked Financing Frameworks for Chanel, Enel, Etihad Airways and now NRG. Traditional sustainability bonds have to demonstrate that the capital raised will be allocated to sustainable projects. Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs) are issued with a component that varies depending on whether or not a defined sustainability objective is achieved by the Issuer. The key difference is that the proceeds from SLBs can be used for general corporate purposes. As such, SLBs offer access to sustainable finance for companies for whom the issuance of a traditional sustainable bond is not possible.
“V.E’s leading Second-Party Opinion service supports the integrity of the growing sustainable bond market by providing independent, transparent, and standards-based expert analysis of sustainability credentials,” added Mr. Cliquet. “We are proud to have supported these missions and to help accelerate the economy-wide changes needed for a more sustainable, resilient future.”
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