• Barclays: 18% boost to 2024 corporate sustainable bond forecast

    05 April 2024

    Corporate sustainable bond issuance forecasts in developed markets in 2024 have been increased by 18% by Barclays, after a strong start driven by green and social bonds offset a steep decline in sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs).

  • New Zealand looks to remove barriers for sustainable bond issuance

    04 April 2024

    A New Zealand regulator is exploring how to "remove potential barriers" for listed companies to issue sustainable bonds, in particular by reducing additional disclosures and costs for issuers.

  • Bond round-up: Saint-Gobain, BNG Bank, CBRE ... and more

    03 April 2024
  • Issuers worry capex-focused sustainability-linked bonds could 'backfire'

    03 April 2024

    Carbon-intensive issuers are interested in tying sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) to their 'green' capital expenditure (capex) plans, but are concerned that investors will begin to view these 'double' impact bonds as the only way they can access the market.

  • Saudi Arabian green finance framework an 'important but controversial step'

    02 April 2024

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has published its green financing framework, opening the door to major oil exporter issuing sovereign green bonds and sukuk.

  • Saint-Gobain: EU Taxonomy 'opened green bonds for us'

    28 March 2024

    French construction materials firm Saint-Gobain switched from sustainability-linked bonds to green bonds for its latest sustainable bond deal, after EU Taxonomy-aligned disclosures helped it identify eligible activities.

  • Bond round-up: NBN, Auckland, CEB ... and more

    27 March 2024
  • ESMA launches EU green bond external reviewer consultation

    27 March 2024

    The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a consultation on the draft technical standards it plans to use for the registration and supervision of external reviewers of bonds issued in line with the EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS).

  • EU work on SLB regulation may come too late, says IEEFA

    27 March 2024

    European Commission work on regulating sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) may come too late to help reach 2030 climate goals, according to a think tank.

  • L&Q faces SLB coupon 'step-up' on target miss

    25 March 2024

    UK social housing charity London & Quadrant (L&Q) said it was "likely to miss" a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target linked to its ground-breaking sustainability-linked bond (SLB), triggering an additional £3 million ($3.8 million) of coupon payments.