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¿Qué son los bonos ligados al carbono??

Jun 28, 2023

Bienvenido al episodio 76 de inglés para economistas. Este Dia, estaremos analizando una vez más un tema relacionado con el cambio climático, y el papel que puede desempeñar la economía en la reducción de la contaminación del aire. Nos sumergiremos en estos términos: ‘Carbon pricing’, ‘Carbon-linked bonds’, ‘Political backlash’, ‘Flaw’, and the idiom ‘Hands are tied’.

Listen to the headline of an opinion piece published by the New York Times and written by Peter Coy. It was published on June 26, 2023. El titular dice, “Carbon-linked bonds could save carbon pricing from its fatal flaw.” This headline suggests a new financial tool called “carbon-linked bonds” could address an inherent problem in carbon pricing.

Ahora, listen to the headline again: “Carbon-linked bonds could save carbon pricing from its fatal flaw.

[Text Extracts and Vocabulary]

First thing to learn and understand is the meaning of carbon pricing. Carbon pricing is when governments or regulatory bodies charge companies for the carbon they produce and emit into the atmosphere. Carbon pricing creates an incentive for companies to reduce their environmental impact. It is an important tool to change behavior, but it has it’s flaws, and its problems.

Ahora, ‘Carbon-linked bondsare bonds whose yield is connected to carbon prices set by the government.

Next word: Flaw. ‘Flawrefers to a shortcoming or weakness. Aquí, it points to the inability of governments to respect their future carbon pricing arrangements.

Ahora, listen to the headline again: “Carbon-linked bonds could save carbon pricing from its fatal flaw.

Here is some more vocabulary you should know before I provide a short summary of the article.

‘Political backlashmeans strong public reaction against government decisions.

And here is an idiom that is relevant. It is ‘to have one’s hands tied’.  This means being unable to act due to restrictions or obligations. To ‘have one’s hands tied’.

Let me provide you with a short summary of the article. It discusses how a man called Robert Litterman, who happens to be a pretty well-known Wall Street figure and economist, has proposed the concept of carbon-linked bonds which he hopes will fix a flaw in carbon pricing. This flaw emerges when governments encounter resistance for raising carbon prices – in other words, raising the amount they charge companies for the carbon they emit. The resistance can be in form of pressure from companies and even from citizens who may be faced by rising costs as a consequence of increased carbon pricing. En otras palabras, the government can face so-called ‘political backlash’. por supuesto, governments are sensitive to these pressures and this might cause them to not keep their promise to increase the carbon pricing in the future. And that is the flaw. Litterman proposes a solution: that the government emit carbon-linked bonds, whose returns are based on the changes in carbon prices. The more the goverments deviate from what they promised to do, the more they need to pay bondholders. You could say that with this type of bond in the market, the government’s ‘hands become tied’, since their option to break their promise regarding carbon pricing, becomes much more limited. Their hands are tied. They are restricted.

You can find a link to this article about carbon-linked bonds and the script for this podcast at englishforeconomists.com. If you are interested in this topic, be sure to check out podcast #44 about El sector tecnológico de la India y la huella de carbono, and podcast #18 where I discusses climate change and the COP-26 conference. Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter so you never miss a lesson.

And speaking of lessons, here is some exciting news! I want to let you know about my upcoming 12-part video course, 'Economistas en acción'. The course covers a dozen key areas of language all economists will require if they need to function professionally in English. Basic, functional skills that will equip you with the language tools for describing trends, forecasting conditions, explaining policy impacts, presenting data, negotiating agreements, y así, y así. This course covers a lot, así que estad atentos.

Amigos, in conclusion, today, we explored ‘Carbon pricing’, ‘Carbon-linked bonds’, ‘Political backlash’, ‘Flaw’, and the idiom ‘Hands are tied’. All very useful words and expressions for this day and age.


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