The parent to the world’s oldest bourse – the London Stock Exchange – recently announced that it became member of the Climate Bonds Initiative.
The London Stock Exchange Group finally joined hands with the Climate Bonds Initiative to push ahead with the promotion of green bonds. The first green bond to be listed at LSE was issued by World Bank in 2009; since then, the exchange has attracted some of the leading banks and institutions from the global green bonds market.
In 2014, the LSE Group joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) listed its first Renminbi-denominated green bond, raising RMB 500 million in the same year.
In 2015, the LSE launched a comprehensive range of dedicated green bond segments attracting even more first-time issuers. In August 2015, the IFC listed the first offshore Indian Rupee denominated green bond, raising INR 3.15 billion. In October, the Agricultural Bank of China listed a $1 billion triple tranche, dual currency green bond, the largest green issue on London Stock Exchange’s markets.
In total, the London Stock Exchange has attracted 24 ‘self-labelled’ green bonds, raising over $4 billion. Some of the well-known banks, institutions, and companies to have listed green bonds at LSE bourses include International Finance Corporation, Agricultural Bank of China, Transport for London, Unilever PLC, Nordic Investment Bank, Development Bank of Japan, and European Bank of Reconstruction & Development.
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