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IBA expands ESG compliance offering as external reviewer

1 November, 2021 - IBA, the leading aviation data and advisory consultancy, has expanded its ESG compliance offering by becoming an external reviewer aligned with the Guidelines for Green, Social, Sustainability, and Sustainability-Linked Bonds External Reviews published by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).


As the first aviation-focused external reviewer, IBA will now be able to provide its clients with the second party opinion, and verification, that they are following the External Reviews' Guidelines when implementing ESG-focused financial products. These include Green and Social Bond Principles, the Sustainability Bond Guidelines, and the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (available on ICMA's website).


This will enable IBA to provide support and guidance to its client organisations, such as banks and other sources of finance, aircraft lessors and airlines, in conducting ESG-focused fleet and financial planning, and in ensuring compliance with their ESG programmes. External Review services provided by IBA are also described in the Overview of the External Review Service Mapping on ICMA's website.


Phil Seymour, President of IBA, says: "ESG compliance is an integral goal of organisations in the aviation and related sectors and, as an external reviewer, IBA can help them deliver these important commitments."


IBA's position as an external reviewer is the latest in a series of services it has rolled out to provide the aviation community with authoritative, independent insights and guidance on the environmental footprint of their operations.


Earlier this year, it launched a Carbon Emissions Calculator (CEC) which is now used by companies across the aviation sector for independent carbon emissions analysis. The CEC is the first of its kind, and integrates IBA's proprietary fuel-burn assessments with real-world flights and fleets data from its InsightIQ intelligence platform.


It is the only finance-focused carbon modelling tool currently available that enables users to calculate and compare the emissions of airlines and lessors, entire aircraft fleets and regions over different periods of time, in addition to supporting analysis of specific commercial aircraft models and routes.


About IBA
IBA has over 30 years' experience in delivering independent, expert business analysis and data on the aviation sector. Established in 1988, it provides a wide range of services including InsightIQ, a one-stop intelligence platform combining speed, accuracy, visual analytics and intuitive navigation


IBA advises prominent investment funds and banks, aircraft leasing companies, operators, manufacturers and MROs. In January 2021, IBA was named 'Appraiser of the Year' by Airline Economics.

IBA media contacts
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International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

ICMA promotes well-functioning cross-border capital markets, which are essential to fund sustainable economic growth. It is a not-for-profit membership association serving around 600 member firms in 60 countries. Among its members are private and official sector issuers, banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies, market infrastructure providers, central banks & law firms. It provides industry-driven standards and recommendations, prioritising four core fixed income market areas, primary, secondary, repo & collateral and sustainable finance. ICMA works with regulatory and governmental authorities, helping to ensure that financial regulation supports stable and efficient capital markets.


The Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines and Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles

The green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bond market aims to play a key role in funding projects that contribute to environmental sustainability or/and socio-economic challenges globally. The Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines and Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (the "Principles") promote integrity in this market through guidelines that recommend transparency, disclosure and reporting. The market initiative supporting the Principles consists of over 400 members and observers. Members are institutions that have issued, underwritten, placed, or invested in a green, social or sustainability or sustainability-linked bond. Members elect the Executive Committee, decide on changes to governance, and provide input to updates to the Principles. Observer status is designed to welcome organisations that are active in the field of sustainable finance, such as but not limited to NGOs, universities, auditors, and service providers, or are not yet active in the market. Observers are included in consultations regarding updates to the Principles and participate in working groups. The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) operates the Secretariat for the Principles and provides advice on governance and other issues.

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