Green Bonds Set for Another Record

Posted on Jan 29, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Green Bonds issuance is set to hit the US$300bn-a-year-mark following on from a record 2017, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

Last year saw US$155.5bn worth of issuances, beating earlier estimates by some US$30bn, and now Sean Kidney, the CBI's CEO, has made a bullish forecast for 2018.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Finance, Climate Bonds Initiative

Green Bonds Measuring Up

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 3:02:00 PM

Conscientious investors seeking to join the race to ensure the sustainability of our planet will be reassured to see the latest report by the Climate Bonds & International Financial Corporation. 

The report just released has concluded that green bonds offer either a similar or slightly better performance than that of comparable 'vanilla' or straight bonds. 

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Topics: Green Bonds, Finance, Green Investment

Green Bonds Enter Financial Mainstream

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 12:02:00 PM

The first six months of 2017 have seen a considerable rise in activity for sovereign green bonds, signifying that environmental finance is now firmly in the mainstream.

OPEN has recognised this growth potential since our inception, and is proud to have released the OPEN Cleantech Bond earlier this year, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Green Finance, Climate Bonds Initiative

OPEN Cleantech Bond Is Truly Green

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 1:02:05 PM

As investment in Green Bonds continues its rapid rise, there has been some controversy over the exact definition– as we recently reported on Repsol's issuance of a €500 million bond.

Guidelines have been laid out in the Green Bond Principles, signed by 130 of the world’s largest banks and asset managers, designed to define the key characteristics of the financial products. However, standards are inconsistent across the globe.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Cleantech, Green Bond Principles

Green Boom Unstoppable

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 12:55:00 PM

The recent decision by the US to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change has failed to affect the future of green and socially responsible ETFs (exchange traded funds), results are revealing.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Green Bonds, Green Investment

Institutional Investors See the Light when it comes to Green Energy

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 1:05:00 PM

A move towards green investments is set to continue apace as institutional investors seek to protect their portfolios from climate change risks.

Pension companies and other large investors are increasingly realising the advantages of protecting their investments from the ripple effects of volatile fossil fuel prices, as well as avoiding the risk of being left with stranded assets as the world moves towards a low-carbon future.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Sustainability

$2bn Green Bond Fund to Fill Emerging Market Gap

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 11:55:01 AM

OPEN has long since understood the need for large scale investment in cleantech and renewable energy in order to attain a sustainable environment. This year has seen a huge boom in green bond sales as public demand increases rapidly.

European asset manager Amundi and the International Finance Corp (IFC), the private sector investment side of the World Bank, have joined forces to create the biggest green bond fund in the world aimed at low-carbon investments in emerging markets.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Cleantech

Ethical Fund Managers Shun Fossil Fuels

Posted on May 17, 2017 1:44:43 PM

Fossil fuels are firmly out of fashion with investors, and fund managers are adapting to meet new ethical and sustainability objectives.

It has been estimated that burning as little as one-fifth of the known fossil fuel reserves could lead to the climate being pushed over the danger limit for global warming, leading to increasing demands for pension and investment funds to dump their shares in oil and coal companies.

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Topics: Fossil Fuel, Green Bonds, Finance

How Carbon Efficient are the Financial Markets?

Posted on May 16, 2017 1:05:00 PM

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&PDJI) has followed on from the launch of its Green Bond Select Index by a scorecard on the carbon efficiency of companies within its major global markets.

Taken together the two initiatives can be viewed as confirmation of how environmental sensitivity is becoming a major consideration for institutional investors when deciding where to commit funds.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Sustainable Energy, Dow Jones, Green Bond Select Index

$28 Billion Green Bonds Issues in Q1 2017

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 12:56:23 PM

The global Green Bond market is surging ahead with US$28.1 billion of issuances in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

This was US$6.6 billion ahead of Q1 2016, which itself heralded a record year for the financial instruments. To put it into context, this figure for three months was well over half the total Green Bond market of US$48.7 billion for the entire 12 months of 2015.

Last year the sector was worth US$95.8 billion, according to analysts Clean Energy Pipeline (CEP), with commentators including Moody’s – whose own figures valued the market slightly lower at US$93 billion in 2016—predicting a further doubling in issuances this year to around US$206 billion

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Green Bonds, Cleantech, Finance

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