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Greening the European Green Bond Market

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The green bond market has expanded remarkably over the last years. In 2020, around €236 billion of green bonds were issued globally (+57% to 2018), with Germany, France and the Netherlands accounting for a third of that. Green bond fund assets under management are growing rapidly, though they represent only between 0.1% and 0.2% of total bond fund AUM.

Several European initiatives, such as the Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the Green Deal, and the Green Bond Principle lay the foundation for sustainable finance. These initiatives aim is to pave the way towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050, wider range of eligible green assets, as well as broader use of green products by investors.

The establishment of an EU Green Bond Standard (GBS) – with the Commission’s legislative proposal expected in Q2 2021 – aims to provide a common EU framework for the European green bond market. Setting the minimum standards and safeguards for the entire ecosystem (e.g. issuers, investors, banks, and exchanges) requires careful calibration with regards to: green definition; reporting; transparency; pre- and post-issuance verification; rating/opinion providers.

  • What are the opportunities that the Covid-19 pandemic is creating or has created for the development of the market for green bond?
  • Does investors’ demand for green bonds meets the supply? Is there an impact in price differential between green and regular bonds?
  • How to verify and certify that green bonds remain green through their life (i.e. pre- and post-issuance)?
  • Is ‘green data’ reliable and trustable? How their quality can be improved? Is there a need for a European data provider?How will the GBS affect the volumes of green bonds or other sustainability-labeled products (e.g. transition bonds, climate bonds, KPI-linked bonds)?
  • How EU GBS relate to other green bond standards (e.g. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles, Climate Bonds Initiative’s Climate Bonds Standard)? 
  • How global cooperation and harmonisation for green standards and practices can be achieved?

This webinar is dedicated to CEPS, ECMI and ECRI members. EU and national officials, academics, NGOs as well as press are admitted free of charge. Other participants might be admitted for a fee of 175 €.

Registered participants will receive the link the day before the event.

Contact person: Beatriz Pozo ( , +32 222 93 987)

May 5th, 2021 3:00 PM   through   4:15 PM
CEPS (online),
Place du Congrès 1,
1000 Brussels,
Phone: +32 2 2293911
Event Fee(s)
CEPS/ECMI/ECRI members € 0.00
EU/national institutions, academia and press, € 0.00
Non-Members € 175.00
Event Info
Meeting ref
Responsible Mr. Karel Lannoo
Secretary Ms. Beatriz Pozo

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