The Green Bond Game is On—But What are the Rules?

The market for green bonds is blowing up: from $11 billion in 2013 to about $34 billion so far this year. Some analysts project a $100 billion market in 2015. But there’s a basic question to be answered if this market is going to be sustainable: what makes a bond “green?” The Climate Bonds Initiative offers standards in the renewable energy and building sectors, and is developing definitions for other areas. A group of investment banks— JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, and Crédit Agricole—have put forth the Green Bond Principles, voluntary guidelines that outline categories such as renewable energy and energy efficient buildings. Now, the International Capital Market Association has called on buyers, underwriters, and issuers of green bonds to refine the principles. Markets this large require clarity, and the green bond concept is getting it—fast.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is used to generate power, which makes power consumption a key component of the country’s environmental footprint. Most to this power in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards to recognize leading actions of organizations and individuals that advance the development of green power sources to reduce the environmental footprint.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Today’s energy picture is a complex one, with many factors influencing the direction a given region might take in selecting the type of energy technology they want to move forward with.

Obviously, resource availability is a crucial concern. If you want to choose solar, you’ll want to have lots of sunshine. The same is true for wind, hydro, geothermal, or even coal, for that matter. But there are many other factors that come into play including policy, infrastructure, as well as the level of concern over issues that go well beyond the local area.