The first standard for green bonds

Last week, the EU Parliament adopted a regulation on the uniform labeling of green bonds.
This means that from now on there are no longer just guidelines from various players, but clear guidance for issuers of green bonds and certainty for investors that their investments are being used to finance sustainable business activities and technologies. It will be more attractive for companies to issue green bonds as they can transparently demonstrate that they are driving forward sustainable projects.

The standards are aligned with the EU taxonomy. External auditors are to assess compliance with the standards.

The market for green bonds has been growing exponentially since 2007. Green bonds currently account for around 3 – 3.5% of all bonds issued. The new label is intended to promote interest in green financial products.

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