The threats to our planet are clear and undeniable; we are rapidly approaching milestones that could irreversibly alter our climate and threaten our future. At Calvert Impact, we recognize climate change as both an existential threat and a tremendous opportunity. And because climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, addressing it is a natural extension of our work.
We know that investors have a critical role to play in accelerating the transition to a greener and more resilient economy. Adequately addressing climate change will require trillions of dollars of public, private, and philanthropic capital working together on creative solutions.
But fighting climate change not only requires making more money available; it requires building markets for money to move efficiently and inclusively. Vulnerable communities bear the brunt of the effects of climate change but are too often left out of opportunities to address it.
We have to ensure that the trillions of dollars mobilized to fight climate change can flow to the issues and places that need it most, like low-income communities and emerging markets, where an estimated 70% of the investment required for an energy transition is needed.
This is where Calvert Impact focuses the bulk of our climate work through the Community Investment Note: creating innovative financial structures and strengthening intermediation capacity to ensure that climate solutions are accessible to all.
Our new Cut Carbon Note employs a different strategy, combating climate change by directly addressing one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions: the buildings where we live, work, and play. The Cut Carbon Note aims to transform the way we build by providing financial incentives and technical assistance to make sustainable development a more attractive decision.
Learn more below about how we're channeling our capital to fight climate change and mobilizing others to do the same.
The eco.business Fund supports biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.
01/11/23 | By Annette Vogel
We're offsetting the carbon emissions of our new offices and commuting staff by partnering with 8 Billion Trees, a small business that runs large-scale planting operations in the Amazon rainforest.
Our borrower, PACE Equity, is the market leader in C-PACE financing, a program designed to encourage developers to make their buildings greener by providing a source of inexpensive private capital.
04/11/22 | By Lucas Pappas
In 2015, DC Water proposed using parks, plants, and permeable pavements strategically distributed to absorb some stormwater runoff and prevent overflow. This municipal bond funded the idea.
President & CEO Jenn Pryce spoke to IFC Insights about the two years since the launch of the Impact Principles and her belief that all investments in the future will have an impact investing lens.
04/14/21 | By Jennifer Pryce
Every two years, we conduct an investor survey to better understand the motivations of our investor base, the challenges they face in investing for impact, and how we can serve them better
09/15/20 | By Caitlin Rosser
In this short video I'll cover Calvert Impact Capital's recent investment in the Forest Resilience Bond, which aims to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in the Tahoe National Forest
11/30/18 | By Jacqueline Westley
Calvert Impact Capital Sr. Investment Officer Jacqueline Westley discusses our investment in the Forest Resilience Bond, which aims to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in the Tahoe National Forest.
DC Water pioneered the nation’s first EIB bond offering in 2016 when it sold a $25-million, tax-exempt EIB in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation