Green Bonds

Green bonds have been identified by many in the investment community as an effective instrument for financing the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Green bonds represent an opportunity to channel investment away from fossil fuel risk and into more sustainable infrastructure needed to support this transition.

The issuer of a green bond pledges to spend the money raised on projects with environmental benefits. Labelling a bond “green” generates more investor interest and makes environmentally-friendly projects easier for investors to find and support. The green bond market is growing rapidly. About $3 billion in green bonds were issued in 2012 and $41.8 billion in 2015. The call for green bonds is high among investors, but there are not enough green bonds to satisfy this demand.

NSF is an approved verifier through the Climate Bonds Initiative to provide services in green bonds in North America for the following sector criteria: solar, wind, water and low carbon buildings. The Climate Bonds Standard is a tool that allows investors and intermediaries to assess the environmental integrity of bonds claiming to address climate change mitigation.

Investors are becoming more interested in incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment practices. Certifying a green bond demonstrates that your organization is participating in the move towards a low-carbon economy and meets these environmental aspects.

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