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Green Bonds – An Introduction

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing projects with environmental benefits. While many different types of Green Bonds are starting to emerge, for the most part Green Bonds are similar to mainstream bonds, with the key difference being a defined use of proceeds for environmental protection, sustainability, climate change solutions and other green project purposes.1


Market Guidelines, Rules and Regulations
Standardisation and Principles
Green defined

Green Terms in Transaction Documentation
Key "Green" terms in Green Bond documentation to date
Green Bonds – perceived risks

Market Expectations and Transaction Precedents
Expectations of Green Bond market participants
Green Bond Listing Venues
Example Green Bonds

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1 This Alert is based on a project in which White & Case advised the Chair of the G20 Green Finance Study Group on the terms and characteristics of Green Bonds in several markets and jurisdictions.


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