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  • EIB issues 'first' digital green bond in Europe

    20 June 2023

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has raised SEK1 billion ($93 million) from the first "digital green bond" in Europe, which was issued through an open source platform developed by SEB and Crédit Agricole CIB (CA-CIB).

  • A definition of unsustainable finance is needed for debt capital market growth

    06 October 2021

    A common definition of what is unsustainable is needed to boost the growth of sustainable debt capital markets...

  • Sustainability Linked Bond Principles get first birthday present - further metric guidance

    11 June 2021

    One year after they were first published, the developers of the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP) have provided some illustrative metrics...

  • Green Bond Principles tightens 'key' recommendations to reflect market best practice

    10 June 2021

    Three years after the last update, the widely adopted Green Bond Principles has received a raft of updates to bring it in line with the developing best practice in the global sustainable bond market. Ahren Lester reports

  • Social bond fund growth is coming - but perhaps not imminently

    14 April 2021

    After social bond issuance jumped nine-fold in 2020, attention is increasingly turning to the lack of dedicated social bond funds. They are expected to arrive, but perhaps not immediately. Ahren Lester reports

  • Landmark Italian green bond ten-times oversubscribed

    05 March 2021

    Italy has issued the largest ever sovereign green bond with its €8.5 billion ($10.2 billion) maiden green note, which was nearly ten times oversubscribed by investors.

  • HSBC named largest GSSS bond underwriter for second year

    15 February 2021

    HSBC retained its position as the largest green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bond market underwriter in 2020, in a year marked by the rapid acceleration in social and sustainability bonds and the arrival of further innovative bond classes.

  • Social surge helps 2020 sustainable bond issuance to double

    29 January 2021

    After a record-breaking $600 billion sustainable bond issuance in 2020 in which diversification beyond green bonds gathered pace, expectations are high that the momentum will be carried into 2021. Ahren Lester reports

  • Sustainability-linked bonds are 'more powerful than green bonds'

    12 November 2020

    ESG in Fixed Income Europe 2020 conference: The 'use of proceeds' model adopted by most green bonds came under attack, amid allegations that it is susceptible to 'greenwashing'.