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Climate Week 2020 Quiz

1. Each environmental journey has to start somewhere. The Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 is the first legally binding agreement offering a global response to combat climate change.  What ambitious temperature goals are set by the Paris Agreement?
2. The members of the United Nations have adopted a plan to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, the 2030 Agenda. At the centre of the 2030 Agenda are the so-called Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. How many SDGs are there in total?
3. The European Union seems to be ahead of the game in legal and regulatory efforts towards transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The European Commission revealed in 2018 an action plan on financing sustainable growth. At the heart of this plan is the Taxonomy, a recurring word these days in Jones Day’s ESG publications, but what exactly is the Taxonomy?
4. If your word is your bond, your green word shall be your green bond. Green bonds have helped raise awareness around climate change in both issuer and investor spheres in the last decade. You might have heard of the Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Markets Association, which are voluntary process guidelines used in the green bond market. Can you name the four components of the Green Bond Principles?
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5. We just mentioned the term “Green Bond Framework” in one of the possible answers to question 4.  What exactly is a Green Bond Framework?
6. What if we tell you that you can issue bonds for general corporate purposes while contributing to sustainability?  Sustainability-linked bonds are forward-looking performance-based instruments developed by the market in late 2019. In June 2020, the International Capital Market Association has published the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles. What is in your opinion a sustainability-linked bond?
7. To classify what is green, one should have reliable tools to measure the “greenness” of a project or endeavor. Two new categories of climate-related benchmarks have been introduced recently in Europe.  What are these two new categories?
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