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What Future for the Green Bond Market? How Can Policymakers, Companies, and Investors Unlock the Potential of the Green Bond Market?

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
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J. Risk Financial Manag. 2020, 13(3), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm13030061
Received: 19 December 2019 / Revised: 17 March 2020 / Accepted: 17 March 2020 / Published: 24 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green and Sustainable Finance)
The green bond market is attracting new issuers and a more diversified base of investors. However, the size of the green bond market remains small compared to the challenges it is meant to address and to the overall traditional bond market. This paper is based on a unique methodology combining an extensive literature review, market data analysis, and interviews with a large spectrum of green bond market participants. We identify the current barriers explaining the lack of scalability of the green bond market: a deficit of harmonized global standards; risks of greenwashing; the perception of higher costs for issuers; the lack of supply of green bonds for investors; and the overall infancy of the market. This paper makes several recommendations to overcome these obstacles and unlock the full potential of green bonds to finance sustainability goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: green bonds; sustainable investing; ESG; impact measurement; socially responsible banking green bonds; sustainable investing; ESG; impact measurement; socially responsible banking
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Deschryver, P.; de Mariz, F. What Future for the Green Bond Market? How Can Policymakers, Companies, and Investors Unlock the Potential of the Green Bond Market? J. Risk Financial Manag. 2020, 13, 61.

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