- Growing environmental concerns have helped the green bond market expand rapidly in recent years
- Green bonds can offer investors positive environ- mental impact, financial returns and diversification
- The market would benefit from further harmonisation
Despite the US administration’s head- line-grabbing decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, the accord’s key pledge to maintain global temperatures ‘well below’ 2°C above pre-industrial levels remains firmly in place.
Since it was founded at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference – also known as COP 21 – to help countries transition towards a low-carbon economy, the agreement has kick-started a wave of regulatory change, increasing investment awareness of environmental issues. Green bonds, which were developed to nance projects specifically targeting a positive environmental impact, benefitted from this global commitment.
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