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What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Green Bond Standards on the Horizon and Much More

Posted on June 22, 2023



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  • Nicholas Gandolfo, Vice President, Corporate Solutions
  • Aditi Bhatia, Senior Regional Manager, Corporate Solutions

What Will the EU Green Bond Standard Mean for the Market? 

With the European Union’s Green Bond Standard set to come into effect sometime next year, we look at what it could mean for the global sustainable finance market more broadly. Although the highly anticipated framework is expected to be the gold standard for what we see in the market going forward, there are ongoing concerns about its usability. Some market participants are worried about the potential difficulty in meeting all the requirements of the Green Bond Standard and whether the standard is too prescriptive in its requirements to set up a framework.  

Sustainable Finance Meets AI  

The sustainable debt market continues to see innovations in the types of projects being funded. One example is the use of green bonds to raise money for artificial intelligence (AI) projects related to green or social initiatives. The green bond issuance highlighted in this episode will finance AI projects related to improving the environmental performance of buildings through data analytics and energy management software. Using AI to support corporate sustainability improvements is not new, but funding such projects using sustainable debt instruments could be the next wave. 

Changes Coming to the Podcast!

Our sustainable finance insights show will be taking a break for the summer. We’ll be back this fall with some exciting changes to bring you more ESG, sustainable finance and responsible investing insights. In the meantime, please subscribe to ESG in Conversation on your favorite podcast platform and enjoy new episodes each month! 

Key Moments


Market overview 


CBI Q1 highlights report 


LMA sustainability linked loan drafting model 


Sustainable bond market risks 


Gender-focused social bonds  


Transition plan guidelines 


Debt for nature swaps 


IRENA report on the cost of energy transition 


New CBI reports 


SLB and SLL overview 


Audience questions 


Green bonds and loans overview 


Labeled products, transition bonds and regulatory updates 

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