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2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference and Green Bond Awards

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, Climate Bonds Initiative will be 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 CBI's partners in hosting this event.
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