São Paulo Launch: Brazil Edition of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2017 Report

São Paulo Launch: Brazil Edition of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2017 Report

Market Development Moves Forward – $3.6bn in Brazilian Green Bonds – More to Come! 

Edição Brasil: Títulos de Dívida & Mudanças Climáticas – Análise de Mercado 2017

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What’s it all about?

Climate Bonds Initiative has just launched the Bonds & Climate Change: The State of the Market 2017 Brazil Edition report.

Available in both English & Portuguese, this is our second annual Brazil based report.

The 2017 Brazil Edition was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in partnership with the Brazil’s sustainable finance expert SITAWI and was launched on Wednesday at the São Paulo headquarters of Mattos Filho Advogados, accompanied by a live webcast.



The Headline Numbers

The Brazilian labelled green bonds market has now reached $3.67bn, led by national companies.

Brazilian bond issuance in Q1 and Q2 2017 reached a total of $288.4bn, with green bonds accounting for 0.2% (in comparison to the global bond market, green bonds made up 4% of issuance in the same period).

Since the inaugural June 2015  issuance by BRF to September 2017, nine labelled Brazilian green bonds have been issued, five of them in the international market.


Green Bonds Use of Proceeds 

Brazil Edtion 2017 finds domestic green bonds are financing a diverse range of sectors:

  • Renewable energy projects accounting for the highest proportion at 42%
  • Agriculture and Forestry at 24%
  • Water at 13%
  • Buildings & Industry at 9%
  • Waste & Pollution at 8%
  • Transport & Climate Adaptation make up just 2% each, an indicator of the significant headroom for investment in these areas.


Of the nine green bonds issued to date, five have an agriculture or forestry component to them. Internationally this is a very high ratio.


Why the focus on sustainable Agriculture & Forestry?    

  • Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of sugar and soybeans,
  • 2nd largest producer of Ethanol,
  • 2nd largest eucalyptus pulp producer,
  • 3rd largest exporter of corn,
  • 4th largest producer of fibre furnish,
  • Largest producer of sustainable FSC certified packaging,
  • Amongst the top 5 producers and exporters in range of other agricultural product categories.

This December 2016 presentation from the Agriculture Ministry at our Brazil Investor Forum gives a concise snapshot. A UN FAO study forecasts that Brazil will have to increase its food production significantly to help meet demand from global population growth of the next decades.

Brazil has the world’s largest area of arable land in a single country, so developing best practice in the financing of low carbon and sustainable agricultural and forestry practices has an impact far wider than Brazil.


Why is Brazil so important?

Brazil is big. In lots of ways. It’s the biggest economy in Latin America and 9th largest internationally.

It’s also the 5th in population and a member of the G20.

Its largest city, São Paulo, is amongst the top 20 global megacities in 2016 and is set to remain at the top in 2030 with an estimated population of almost 25 million.