ClearBridge defends tech giants in sustainability fund
ClearBridge Investments has defended its tech-heavy sustainability fund, claiming global companies are 'standard setters' for the broader industry's operations.
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.
Green bond investors eschew EDF 'nuclear' green bond
Dedicated green bond investors largely avoided the ground-breaking 'nuclear' green bond from French energy firm EDF, according to Barclays - but there was "good demand" from sustainable investors more widely.
Snam steps away from transition bonds with green, SLB deal
Snam has raised €1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) from a dual-tranche green and sustainability-linked bond, as the Italian energy infrastructure firm stepped back from the 'transition' bond label it helped pioneer.
Embrace the 'regenerative edge' of agriculture investments, says SLM
Investors have been urged to tap into the 'regenerative edge' that agriculture investments can provide, but nature investor Sustainable Land management Partners (SLM) warned about needing to be "realistic" about its limitations.
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.
Global Biodiversity Fund put into operation
The 'landmark' Global Biodiversity Framework Fund was put into operation over the weekend, with Spain becoming the latest government to commit capital to the fund.
Snam secures inaugural Moody's net-zero plan score
Snam has been awarded the inaugural Moody's 'Net Zero Assessment' (NZA) score, with the Italian energy infrastructure firm praised for its "clear" Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction plan but was warned of challenging Scope 3 "hurdles".
Barclays: Investors expect more sovereign SLB issuers in 2024
A majority of investors are expecting new sovereigns to issue sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) in 2024, according to a Barclays survey - despite reservations about the performance-based instrument.
Investors to challenge sovereign SLB issuers using ASCOR, investor says
Investors plan to use a tool for assessing countries' climate progress to challenge issuers of sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) on the strength of their targets, an investor has said.