Garanti Bank is placing a TL305m (Eu75m) covered bond with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), the Turkish bank announced today (Thursday), with a commitment to use the proceeds to lend green mortgages, in a follow-up to a similar bond placed with the IFC.
DBS launched its debut green bond and the first such international issue from Singapore yesterday (Tuesday), a $500m (EUR429m, SGD681m) five year floating rate note that the issuer said delivered “very compelling” pricing after investors placed some $900m of orders for the paper.
An EU standard and label for green bonds and other sustainable assets can unlock the market’s potential, according to recommendations presented to the European Commission, while at a hearing yesterday (Tuesday) the EMF-ECBC called for the establishment of green mortgages to let the industry “do our job”.
The European Green Securities Steering Committee – an industry-wide committee jointly convened by the Climate Bonds Initiative and the European Covered Bond Council, with the support of the UNEP Inquiry – mapped its priorities for the coming 12 months at an inaugural meeting last Thursday (29 June).
Kommunalkredit Austria expects most of its future covered bond issuance to be green or socially-orientated, according to an official at the bank, after it returned to the wholesale markets for the first time since its privatisation with an inaugural Eu300m social covered bond yesterday (Tuesday).