A former Bank of England MPC and PRA board member played down hopes of a cut in risk weights for green mortgages at a meeting yesterday (Thursday) where members of the European Commission high level expert group (HLEG) and others discussed their recommendations on sustainable finance.
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 is preparing to return to the covered bond market after a three year absence with a social public sector covered bond, announcing its move the same day Social Bond Principles were unveiled by ICMA as the sector reaches what one banker said is a tipping point.
The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) unveiled Social Bond Principles yesterday (Wednesday), elevating guidelines introduced last year in a bid to promote growth in a move a leading investor said could benefit the overall ESG market.
The green and social covered bond markets have considerable potential for growth, according to panellists at an ICMA CBIC/The CBR conference, with a leading investor highlighting his appetite for more paper and “sticky green money” available, but the impact of QE and a lack of data is holding issuers back.
The European Covered Bond Council hopes to ultimately introduce a green covered bond label alongside its Energy Efficient Mortgages initiative, the ECBC’s Jennifer Johnson yesterday (Monday) told a climate bonds conference, where appropriate pricing and collateral were under scrutiny.
Energy efficient mortgages being advanced by the EMF-ECBC can be a key element in boosting green covered bonds and helping the EU meet energy targets, according to an industry survey and participants at a stakeholder meeting today (Thursday), where a Commission official welcomed the initiative.
The EMF-ECBC launched a project to create an energy efficient mortgage today (Tuesday) that it said could pave the way for broader take-up of green covered bonds, after Berlin Hyp yesterday inaugurated a combined Pfandbrief and senior green programme with a Eu500m seven year unsecured deal.
A group seeking bond market solutions to help raise finance for projects that address climate change, the Climate Bonds Initiative, is advocating the creation of renewable energy covered bonds and has called for existing covered bond legislation to be amended to encompass renewable energy assets.