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The Carbon Principles were developed to allow for the financing of new electric power generation through a responsible and robust process, maximizing reliance on efficiency and renewables and addressing lender and investor concerns around carbon risk while working with sponsors to meet the future power needs of their customersWhy? - Help Banks to Finance Power Responsibly
There is growing expectation of a national climate change policy in the next five years that will limit or tax the release of carbon dioxide by power generators. However, in the interim some regions and state have already advanced their own initiatives to limit CO2 in what could become a patchwork of localized programs.Current Environment is a Legislative Patchwork
Proposed National Legislation
Uncertainty around the nature and form of a national program creates concerns about the future level of reductions required and the resulting costs to meet those reductions. Banks can no longer assume a business as usual approach to long term financings in the power industryCarbon Policy Uncertainty Raises Cost Concerns
Note: The 450-550 ppm CO2eq stabilization target is similar to the one used in the Stern Review. Stabilization lines for atmospheric CO2 equivalent concentrations of 450 and 550 pp represent reductions the U.S. would need to achieve in tandem with immediate and significant commitments from all industrialized countries and the eventual cooperation of all major developing country emitters to prevent atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations from exceeding 450ppm or 550 ppm based on the multi-stage scenario used in this study.
The Union of Concerned Scientists have prepared a similar analysis, but it targets the lower 450 ppm target. See Figure 3a in http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/emissionstarget.html
The Carbon Principles are the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort by several leading financial institutions in the power space, in conjunction with their industry clients and leading environmental groups to create a responsible and responsive approach to examining carbon riskA Groundbreaking Collaborative Effort
The Carbon Principles are a common set of beliefs that a balanced portfolio approach is needed in the power industry to meet future needsWhat Are The Carbon Principles?
This balanced portfolio includes:
When a client has selected a coal-fired power plant as the best supply options for its customers, the Carbon Principles banks will apply the Enhanced Diligence Process to assess the potential carbon related risks of that investment as part of our overall diligence procedures
What plants will be covered by the Carbon Principles?
Construction of new coal power plant in Illinois, www.cwlp.com
In which situations will the adopting financial institutions apply the Enhanced Diligence?
When will the adopting financial institutions start implementing this process?
The Enhanced Diligence Process is meant to supplement the due diligence a financial institution would normally engage in during a financing. It is meant to probe deeper into the risks surrounding future carbon policy and evaluate the extent to which these risks have been considered and/or mitigated during the planning stage.What is the Enhanced Diligence Process?
The Enhanced Due Diligence Process does NOT:
Each financial institution will make its own diligence judgments on any financing in which the Enhanced Diligence Process is employed
The Enhanced Due Diligence Process does:
The Next Steps for the Carbon Principles include:
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Citi works with its clients in greenhouse gas intensive industries to evaluate emerging risks from climate change and, where appropriate, to mitigate those risks.