R20 Press Release

 R20 Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - Embargo 12:00 BST/13:00 CET Friday 20th July

Regions 20 and IDEAcarbon enter strategic collaboration

July 20th 2012: Today the Regions of Climate Action (R20) (www.regions20.org) and IDEAcarbon (www.ideacarbon.com) entered into a strategic collaboration to analyze the financial risks associated with the R20's low-carbon energy projects.

The R20 works with sub-national (state and regional) governments worldwide to develop, finance, implement, and communicate low-carbon economic development projects - primarily renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, waste to energy, and fuel switching projects. IDEAcarbon is an independent and professional provider of ratings, research and strategic advice on climate finance. Working together, the R20 and IDEAcarbon will ensure that thorough risk assessments for all R20 projects are completed prior to sharing R20 project business plans with investors. This important risk assessment process will ultimately streamline and accelerate the identification of the most appropriate financiers for innovative energy projects around the world.

"The R20 is delighted to be working with IDEAcarbon, and believes that its expertise in climate finance along with its world class Climate Finance Platform will accelerate the R20's ability to quickly develop high quality "bankable" projects worldwide" said Christophe Nuttall, Executive Director of the R20. Shandi J Modi, founder of IDEAcarbon, commented "R20 and its members are the world's most significant sub-national entities motivated towards low carbon growth. IDEAcarbon's products and platforms will provide key technical expertise, transparency and standards to enable meaningful climate finance flows. Our work to date has been designed exactly for this type of organization which is seeking action "now". We are excited to be working with this very important organization."

Under the agreement, IDEAcarbon is entrusted to perform third party analysis of R20 projects, develop robust analytical methodologies, and benchmark standards for wider adoption. In addition, IDEAcarbon will support R20 through secondment of climate finance professionals to R20's Geneva headquarters.

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About IDEAcarbon:

IDEAcarbon is an independent and professional provider of ratings, research and strategic advice on climate finance. Founded by Shandi Modi, it is part of the IDEAglobal Group whose advisors include Lord Nick Stern and Mr Nitin Desai. IDEAcarbon's services are designed to provide leading financial institutions, corporations, governments, sub-national entities, and others with critical products and ratings, tested to institutional standards, which fill the gaps in climate finance and practical policy and market intelligence. IDEAcarbon combines its strength in risk assessment, risk evaluation and ratings with its ability to introduce novel and relevant financial structures to enhance liquidity and transparency in environmental assets. IDEAcarbon is fundamentally a neutral partner, not constrained by any relationship, investment, or market positioning exposure in any environmental market. For more information please visit: www.ideacarbon.com.

About the R20:

Regions of Climate Action (R20) is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The R20's mission is to help states, provinces, regions, and other subnational governments around the world develop, implement, and communicate low-carbon and climate-resilient development projects, policies, and best practices. The R20 is a coalition of partners led by regional governments that work to promote and implement projects that are designed to produce local economic and environmental benefits in the form of reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; strong local economies; improved public health; and new green jobs. For more information please visit: www.regions20.org





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