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Green bonds were up 25% in 2Q after a volatile start to 2022 for the global market

Friday, August 05, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Green, social, sustainability, sustainability-linked, and transition (GSS+) labeled debt reached a combined volume of USD417.8bn in the first half of 2022 (H1 2022), representing a year-on-year (YoY) decrease of 27% against H1 2021, said a study.

However, signs of a revival emerged as green issuance picked up in Q2, increasing by 25% on Q1 with a volume of USD121.3bn, according to a study by the Climate Bonds Initiative.

The investor-focused non-profit organization promotes large-scale investment in the low-carbon economy. It screens self-labeled green bonds, including green, social, sustainability, sustainability-linked, and transition-labeled debt.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and the subsequent European energy crisis exacerbated post-COVID-19 inflation, impacting bond market dynamics. Rising interest rates and high volatility resulted in decreased bond issuance, including GSS+ volumes that have been soaring in recent years. Cumulative volumes of labeled (GSS+) issuance stood at USD3.3tn at the end of H1 2022, with green cumulative volumes at USD1.9tn.

The green label, historically the largest (with USD1.9tn cumulative volumes), has seen consecutive YoY growth over the last decade (since 2012) and boasts a YoY growth rate of over 50% since market inception in 2007. In 2022, however, a variety of challenges facing the global economy and the bond market have left this year's progress slower than hoped as volumes are 21......................

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