Green Bonds in the Market for Regulation

The headline in the Energy and Environment story is a three-point grabber: “Half-Trillion-Dollar Green Bond Market, Led by China, Looks for a Regulator.” That “half-trillion dollar market” is the total of all such outstanding debt securities. The Chinese market totals $164 billion, the largest share of any single nation. And what financial entity these days is asking to be regulated? Given its size and vague definition, the market would benefit from setting up a third-party regulator to supervise issues and buyers, and to confirm that investments really go to environmental projects, says the Climate Bonds Initiative. Get the full story in this CBI report, produced with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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