Europe’s “active and engaged” market is at the forefront of global green bond developments, with its financial institutions playing a crucial role in green financial infrastructure, according to a Climate Bonds Initiative analysis.
Issuers are being encouraged to pledge to establish green bond strategies under an initiative unveiled at the CBI18 conference on Tuesday to help hit a $1 trillion target by 2020, as participants noted that “a lot of heavy lifting” is needed even if big growth is forecast for this year.
After pioneering issuers have led the way in creating a green bond market, the full array of debt instruments needs to be tapped to fund the fight against climate change, says the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Manuel Adamini. The recent growth of sovereign, structured and even synthetic deals suggests this is on the verge of happening.
The EU High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance delivered a “manifesto for far-reaching change” in the form of its final recommendations to the European Commission today (Wednesday), with a call for an official EU Green Bond Standard to be introduced this year.
Green bonds do not yet offer cheaper funding than conventional comparables, according to a report from the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), even if momentum reflected in moves from IPTs and secondary performance – notably on an Apple bond – suggests a positive future.
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.
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).
A majority of green bonds offer public information on the use of proceeds after issuance, a new report from the Climate Bonds Initiative has found, with a Blackrock official lauding “tremendous” progress in such reporting. However, more is required in certain areas, with some failing to meet basic guidelines.
An environmental think-tank has suggested that covered bonds backed by renewables could help alleviate a shortage of funding for the greening of the world’s energy resources. Chiara Francavilla explores the issues and challenges surrounding the Climate Bonds Initiative’s proposal.