Green covered bond issuance looks set for significant growth thanks to regulatory measures, increasing investor interest and banks’ efforts to improve the identification of green assets and determination to finance such assets, according to S&P, with initiatives such as EeMAP deemed supportive.
Thirty-seven banks with a 45% share of European mortgage lending are participating in the pilot scheme of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, which was launched yesterday (Thursday), under which they will test implementation of a new framework with a view to creating a final product.
The European energy efficient mortgages initiative – comprising EeMAP and EeDaPP – aims to bring together lenders, builders, utilities and others to create a standardised product to benefit 500 million EU citizens and the planet. Luca Bertalot, secretary general of the EMF-ECBC, which is leading the project, spoke to Sustainabonds ahead of the launch of a pilot phase in June.
Draft guidelines for a planned European energy efficient mortgage have been published for a market consultation today (Monday), ahead of the launch in June of a pilot scheme, which will collect data that could substantiate a correlation between energy efficiency and lower risk.
The European Commission is “looking positively” at reducing capital charges to boost green loans such as energy efficient mortgages, Valdis Dombrovskis said today (Tuesday). A draft definition for such loans is due in February ahead of an EeMAP pilot phase that could support such a move.
A market initiative to produce a standardised pan-European protocol and portal for financial data on energy efficient mortgages, EeDaPP, has won support and funding from the European Commission, ahead of the forthcoming pilot phase of the Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP).
The EMF-ECBC is hoping to gain European Commission support and funding for developing a data protocol that would help optimise its energy efficient mortgages initiative, although a speaker at a plenary meeting of the industry body warned that “the best is the enemy of the good”.
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.