Green bonds are important financial instruments for channelling additional funds to environmentally-beneficial projects and thereby accelerating the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Yet two questions are frequently asked by stakeholders: how much have green bonds and climate bonds contributed to their stated environmental goals; and has there been adequate attention placed on the social impact of projects funded by green bonds?
Oxfam Hong Kong and Carbon Care Asia are pleased to release the findings of a new research report on these crucial issues after conducting in-depth analysis on 249 green bonds issued in Asia since 2018. This will add to the ongoing debate on how to enhance the standards and practices of green bond issues, which are of particular concern to sustainability-conscious investors.
Following the launch of the report, our panel of experts will discuss:
• Have the environmental outcomes from green bond issues met public expectations?
• Should SDGs be embedded in green and climate bonds to avoid negative impacts?
• What role should regulators play in enhancing and enforcing green bond standards?
• Can investors be assured of process integrity in the post-Covid era?
• How to build a consensus pathway to improving standards and practices?
Duration: 1.5 hours
• Ir Albert Lai – Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Care Asia (Moderator)
• Ms Mayling Chan – International Program Director, Oxfam HK
• Ms Lian Sim Yeo - Special Advisor, SGX
• Mr Cedric Rimaud – ASEAN Program Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative
• Mr Jason Zeall – Vice-President, Solactive APAC Ltd
• Mr John Sayer – Director, Carbon Care Asia