$99.9 bn: Value of global sustainable bond issuance in the April-June quarter of 2020, a quarterly record.

Business Standard
3rd September

$99.9 bn: Value of global sustainable bond issuance in the April-June quarter of 2020, a quarterly record.

  • This was 65 per cent higher than the January-March quarter.
  • Record quarterly issuance of both social bonds ($33 billion) and sustainability bonds ($19.1 billion) drove the strong combined total.
  • Green bond issuance, at $47.8 billion, was 26% more than in the March quarter, but still modest when compared with the June quarter of 2019.
  • Combined social and sustainability bond volumes are estimated to total $150 billion in 2020, mainly backed by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • According to Moody’s Investor Service, green bond issuances are expected to rebound in the second half of the year and forecast at $175-225 billion for 2020.

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