Domestic Chinese sustainability-linked bond market 'lacking credibility'
Chinese onshore sustainability-linked bond (SLB) issuance fell in 2023 after a record 2022 as issuers were "less incentivised" to offer material and credible structures for investors, according to Sustainable Fitch.
Fitch: Real estate slump sinks offshore Chinese sustainable bond market
Offshore Chinese sustainable bond issuance slumped a third in 2023 as issuance from the country's ailing property sector contracted significantly, according to Sustainable Fitch - but onshore issuance continued to grow.
'Sleeping' sustainability-linked leveraged loans 'need to be stamped out'
The unwelcome resurgence of 'sleeping sustainability-linked' leveraged loans - which are signed before key sustainability provisions are finalised - needs to be "stamped out" in 2024, according to Fitch Solutions-owned Covenant Review.
'Pretty poor' 2023 for sustainability-linked leveraged loans
2023 was a "pretty poor" year for European sustainability-linked leverage loan deals as borrowers and investors avoided the instrument, according to Fitch Solutions-owned Covenant Review.
Energy companies 'failing to shift away from fossil fuels', warns Sustainable Fitch
Energy companies have made "limited progress" towards hitting their net zero carbon targets, Sustainable Fitch has warned, with just one of 12 firms assessed awarded a 'green' rating.
Blue bonds look set to grow in interest, predicts Sustainable Fitch
Amid a rise in labelled bonds with water management characteristics and growing focus on water risk, Sustainable Fitch has predicted that blue bonds will see growth in 2024.
Singapore taxonomy a sign of things to come for transition finance, says Fitch
Singapore's sustainability taxonomy is an internationally significant development that is likely to kick-start financing deals for 'transition' activities, Sustainable Fitch has said.
Use of proceeds bonds 'increasingly target biodiversity'
Issuance of bonds that list biodiversity-related measures among their eligible 'use of proceeds' has grown "substantially" in recent years, Sustainable Fitch said, as it argued the labelled bond market has an outsized role to play in biodiversity protection.