ClimateBonds.net: New Climate Bonds-HSBC report reveals 25% growth in issuance of climate-themed bonds over past year

HONG KONG, 14 June 2013 – The Climate Bonds Initiative, in collaboration with the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, today launches its 2013 review of Bonds and Climate Change at the First Global Investor Forum on Climate Change being held in Hong Kong.

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The report finds that:

  • The total universe of bonds linked to key climate themes stands at USD346bn, double last year’s estimate.
  • The issuance of new climate-themed bonds was USD74bn in 2012, up 25% on 2011.
  • China accounts for USD127bn of the total (37%), followed by the UK and France.
  • Carbon-efficient transport, notably rail, accounts for 75% of the total, followed by clean energy and climate finance.
  • 89% of the USD346bn universe is investment grade.

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