Green Bonds

  • ICMA working on 'green enabling' activities guidance to counter 'greenwashing reflex'

    24 May 2024

    The International Capital Market Association (ICMA)-administered Principles is preparing to publish some guidance for 'green enabling' activities in advance of its annual general meeting (AGM) in June.

  • Emerging market GSSS issuance hits all-time high in 2023, Amundi report finds

    23 May 2024

    Green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bond issuance in emerging markets reached an all-time high last year, according to a joint report by Amundi and the International Finance Corporation, largely driven by growth outside of China.

  • Emirates Islamic raises $750m from 'milestone' debut sustainability sukuk

    23 May 2024

    Emirates NBD-owned lender Emirates Islamic has raised $750 million from its inaugural sustainability sukuk, described as a "milestone" deal following the publication of key market guidance.

  • Bond round-up: AfDB, Verbund, IDB Invest ... and more

    22 May 2024
  • ESMA fund guidelines may be headwind for sustainable bonds, says Abrdn

    21 May 2024

    The recently published sustainable fund naming guidelines published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) could dampen demand for labelled sustainable bonds, according to Abrdn.

  • Sustainable bond market hits $5trn of issuance

    20 May 2024

    Cumulative issuance of sustainable bonds has now crossed the $5 trillion mark, boosted by strong support from sovereign issuers.

  • Transition plan credibility test should be core to green bond investments, says PGIM

    20 May 2024

    Investors should only buy green bonds from issuers with credible transition plans, according to a major asset manager.

  • Nordea launches two sustainable bond funds

    17 May 2024

    Nordea Asset Management (Nordea AM) has launched two dedicated euro-denominated sustainable bond funds, a month after it closed its social bond fund.

  • Maynilad readies first Philippines 'blue bond'

    17 May 2024

    Water and waste firm Maynilad Water Services is preparing to raise up to PHP15 billion ($261 million) from its debut 'blue bond' in late May, which will be the first instrument of its type from a Philippine issuer.

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Sovereign sustainable bond issuance ($bn)

The chart depicts sovereign sustainable bond issuance between January and April 2023 compared with the same period in 2024. Last year was the strongest for sovereigns on record, with $160 billion in issuance. Sovereigns got off to a strong start in 2024, producing the strongest monthly issuance — January — and the strongest first quarter on record. Surprisingly, despite the strong start, this year’s sovereign issuance is still below last year's by as much as $6 billion, thanks to a weak April in 2024 compared to a strong one last year.

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