The Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (vdp) has set minimum standards for issuance to be eligible for the Green Pfandbrief/Grüner Pfandbrief trademark, aligning it with initiatives such as the Green Bond Principles and the draft EU sustainable finance taxonomy and Green Bond Standard.
Münchener Hypothekenbank can now issue green commercial paper, after having added the option to its EUR5bn programme, with the short term debt earmarked to refinance green assets that have not yet been included in its cover pool or the parts of loans that are cover pool-ineligible.
Italy’s UBI Banca is holding a non-deal roadshow for a new sustainable bond framework next week, with Norway’s DNB also planning a new, non-covered green bond programme for 2019 and Austria’s RLB Oberösterreich considering such issuance.
MünchenerHyp became the first issuer to have sold both green and social covered bonds on Tuesday, with the launch of a EUR500m “Ecological ESG” deal that should be the first of annual issues, according to its head of debt IR, although plans for social bonds may take some time to come to fruition.
Four years after launching the first ever sustainable covered bond, MünchenerHyp is preparing to launch a benchmark Ecological ESG Pfandbrief, with a green retail loan it launched in 2015 enabling it to be the first German issuer to include residential mortgages in its use of proceeds.
Deutsche Hypo sold a EUR500m green Pfandbrief issue last Monday, its second such benchmark, and officials at the issuer described the deal’s “dynamic” book as being a positive statement of green investor’s trust.
KBC joined the green bond market with a more than thrice-subscribed EUR500m debut on Wednesday, to give green financing power to its clients, according to a KBC official. The senior HoldCo deal was also priced with a substantially smaller premium than recent conventional supply despite markets having been choppy.
Obvion Mortgages priced its third green residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issue flat to a post-crisis Dutch RMBS tight on 19 May, and its head of balance sheet management and funding cited its green nature as helping a EUR550m senior tranche achieve the tight pricing against a widening backdrop.
DNB Boligkreditt has established a green covered bond framework based on residential mortgages for the most energy efficient properties in Norway, after compatriot SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt tightened its criteria on the basis of feedback during its Climate Bonds Initiative certification process.
BBVA issued the largest green bond from a Eurozone bank today (Thursday), a EUR1bn seven year senior non-preferred deal that inaugurated a new SDG-aligned framework and attracted more than EUR2.5bn of demand despite coming relatively tight in a recovering market.