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This free-to-download report includes graphics and data from the Environmental Finance Bond Database to illustrate the main trends in the market in 2020 together with forward-looking commentary from leading market commentators

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Dollar value grouping by bond category in 2020

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Graph demonstrating the distribution of values of individual bonds issued in 2020 by bond category. Each bond is designated a grouping based on where its value fall in the range (e.g. group 1 are bonds valued up to $100 million and group 15 are bonds valued at $10 billion or more.)


In general, there is a decrease in green bonds investment as the dollar value increases from group 1 to 15. However, we do see two peaks in volume at group 6 and group 11 which represent dollar values $500-599 million, $1000-2499 million, respectively. This implies that green bonds dominated smaller and mid tier issuances in 2020 but the largest issuances were mostly other bond types.

Social and sustainability bonds follow a similar pattern to the green bonds in terms of volume, but as a proportion they dominated largest issuances. Only social bond investments fell within the highest dollar value in group 15 (valued $10 billion and above). These social bonds have been issued by the EU sure programme in response to COVID-19.

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