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[Event] Developments in Green and Social Bond Markets

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) will hold their second joint conference on Developments in Green and Social Bond Markets on 11 December 2018 in Tokyo.

Global issuance of green bonds, which raise finance for projects with environmental benefits, continues to grow rapidly. Global issuance grew by 21% in H1 2018 to US$85bn (source: SEB). Issuance from corporates and financials grew especially well (+40% and more than double, respectively). Cumulative green bond issuance is approaching $500bn. The social and sustainability bond segment has also been buoyant, with amounts outstanding growing to $44bn by end H1.

In Asia, the Asia-ex-China region has grown most rapidly in the past 12 months, with issuance growing almost 300% to $14bn (to end 8/18, source: SEB) including the issuance by Japanese issuers at $2.8bn (source: MoE, Japan). China remains the largest market in Asia, with close to $30bn issued in the last 12 months.

These markets are supported by widely accepted voluntary guidelines on transparency and accountability for issuers, the Green and Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines, governed by an Executive Committee of elected market participants and hosted by ICMA. The Executive Committee, supported by ICMA, published a wide range of new guidance and research in 2018, including mapping to the UN SDGs, Guidance for External Reviewers, new Impact Reporting Guidance for Social Bonds, and an Investor Survey.

The Tokyo conference will bring together issuers, underwriters, investors, policymakers, market infrastructure and service providers, NGOs and other stakeholders in the global and in particular Asian green, social and sustainability bond markets.

The full agenda will be published in due course.

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