Welcome to the Green Bond Awards 2018. With the help of a panel of judges who are investors in the green bond market, the awards seek to reward those that excel, innovate and grow the market.
The awards are designed to recognise market leaders for the role they have played in developing the rapidly evolving green bond market.
The winners of Environmental Finance's Green Bond Awards 2018 can take pride in having been recognised by the industry for their thought-leadership or best practice.
Index of the year: Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index
The Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index was again voted best index, with one investor judge praising its role in helping "maintain the integrity of the market".
Sustainability bond of the year - City of Paris
The City of Paris has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable development by returning to the sustainability bond market in 2017.
Lead manager of the year - Corporate: BNP Paribas
French bank BNP Paribas had a stellar year, as lead manager or bookrunner for 18 corporate deals worth a combined total of more than $2.5 billion.
Best law firm - White & Case
Since winning last year's Green Bond Award for 'Best law firm', White & Case has advised Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the implementation of its dedicated green…
External assessment provider of the year: Cicero
When Malaysian solar company Tadau Energy issued the first ever green sukuk in 2017, it was an important moment for green bonds, as the phrase entered the lexicon…
Biggest issuer - bank: Bank of Beijing
Two big deals from the Bank of Beijing made it the biggest bank issuer of green bonds last year.
Green bond of the Year - corporate: Ørsted
Ørsted's inaugural green bonds, both issued on the same day in November, demonstrated the company's aim of becoming a pure green player in the energy sector.
Green bond of the Year - Sub-sovereign, supranational and agency (SSA) and Biggest issuer - Local authority: Municipality Finance (MuniFin)
With total issuance of about $627 million in 2017, public sector body MuniFin was the biggest issuer of local authority green bonds.
Initiative of the year: HLEG
The final report of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) made some influential recommendations for the green bond market.
Personality of the year - Aldo Romani
Romani has been passionate about the green bond market, ever since he was involved in the issuance of the first ever green bond, labelled a 'Climate Awareness Bond',…
Green Bond of the Year - Municipality & Biggest issuer - Municipal: New York MTA
Like last year, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was again the biggest US municipal issuer.
Asset-backed/asset-based bond of the Year - Obvion
Obvion has scooped the award for best asset-backed bond for the second year in a row.
Project bond of the year - Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar's JPY5.4 billion ($47 million) project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan was the first of its kind when it was issued in April 2017.
Impact report of the year: SNCF Reseau
SNCF Reseau has set a high standard for others to follow in the field of impact reporting.
Biggest issuer of the year - Corporate: Mexico City Airport Trust
September's $4 billion two-tranche bond from the Mexico City Airport Trust was the biggest corporate green bond to come to market and double the size of the company's…
Green Bond Fund of the year - Lombard Odier Global Climate Bond Fund
Just 12 months after its launch, the Lombard Odier Global Climate Bond Fund – managed by Affirmative Investment Management (AIM) – has much to celebrate.
Award for innovation - use of proceeds: ICBC
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's (ICBC) inaugural green issue won the approval of Western investors for its plans to finance projects that form part of…
Green bond of the Year - bank: Barclays
Barclays' €500 million ($616 million) green bond was the first issued by a UK bank to finance UK assets.
Biggest underwriter and lead manager of the year - sovereigns: Crédit Agricole
Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CACIB) has seized the title of leading underwriter in the green bond market for 2017.
Award for innovation - bond structure: Tadau Energy
Tadau Energy's RM250 million ($59 million) sukuk was the first to be labelled green.
Lead manager of the year - bank: ABN Amro
ABN Amro's consistent commitment to the green bond market helped it secure this year's award for lead manager of the year for bonds issued by banks, according to…
Bond of the year - sovereign: Republic of France
France issued a record-breaking €7 billion ($8.65 billion) green bond in January 2017, which was tapped twice since, bringing the outstanding size to €9.7 billion.
Lead manager of the year - SSA, municipal & local authority: JP Morgan
It has been another busy year for JP Morgan, which was recognised for its influential role in the sub-sovereign, supranational and agency (SSA) market as well as…
Green bond of the Year - Local authority: City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has since 2015 experienced a severe drought, which has left its stores of potable water running almost empty.
Biggest issuer - SSA: Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae has emerged as a major player in the green bond market.
Exchange of the year - Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Luxembourg Stock Exchange cemented its position as a leader in sustainable finance in 2017.
Social bond of the year: Nederlandse WaterschapsBank (NWB)
Nederlandse WaterschapsBank (NWB) issued the largest ever social bond, with a €2 billion ($2.3 billion) 'affordable housing' issue.