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March 2, 2017

Annual Conference & Green Bond Awards 2017

by Katherine Massie

Green bonds have become an investment phenomena, with USD 81 billion issued in 2016 — double what we saw in 2015.

This week France is in the market with its inaugural — and huge — green sovereign bond, having already kicked started a race for sovereigns with its statement of intent mid-last year (Poland just beat them to issuance).

Last year it was China that powered growth, going from a standing start to being the largest green bond market by year’s end. Green bonds have now been issued everywhere from Mexico to Latvia to the Philippines.

But it’s not enough. To make a real difference to the environmental challenges we face, we will need to see a trillion dollar a year market by 2020.

Will we get there? What’s the role of government? What to expect for 2017?

On 6 March we’re holding the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference in London — and the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards that evening. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and the City of London’s Green Finance Committee will be our partners in hosting this event.

Register here

This is a day-long working event, not about promotion. You’ll hear and be part of discussions about the future of green bond and green debt markets. You’ll be learning, thinking and hopefully debating. And you’ll be meeting the crème de la crème of the world’s green bonds industry.

Conference streams will explore:

  • What 2016 gave us, the challenges for 2017
  • The global industrial and economic transition we need and investor imperatives
  • How central banks and regulators can step up to promote green bond issuance
  • New instruments: green Islamic bonds, green loans
  • New sectors for 2017: agriculture, industrial processes, broadband
  • Where to next with green covered bonds
  • The role of the public sector
  • How green bond markets are being developed in China, India, LatAm and the USA
  • The opportunity with green bond funds and debt infrastructure funds
  • Pricing

The conference brochure can be found here.

Please contact Claire Berson for sponsorship opportunities.

The conference is free. You simply need to cover your own travel costs. But space is limited, so register quickly.

Register here

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