Investors Welcome Newly Released World Bank Green Bond Impact Report

28 August, 2015

New green bond issuances globally more than tripled last year. The first World Bank Green Bond Impact Report responds to investor interest for more clarity on the environmental and social benefits of their investments in this expanding market. The Green Bond Impact Report presents select indicators of environmental and social impact expected from eligible projects that help World Bank country clients adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The report also outlines some of the challenges in the approaches for impact measurement and reporting to caution investors about the interpretation and comparability of impacts. Recognizing its evolving nature, improved impact reporting is an important part of green bonds’ additional value. 

Showing the impact of projects in the World Bank’s member countries

The World Bank has issued 100 green bonds in 18 currencies, raising the equivalent of US$8.4 billion. As of June 30, 2015, proceeds of these bonds have been allocated to support the financing of 77 green bond eligible projects with commitments totaling US$13.7 billion.

These projects have been selected based on defined green bond eligibility criteria and span a range of sectors across the world, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, water and agriculture.  The environmental and social impacts of these projects are expected to be far-reaching, covering both mitigation and adaptation needs.

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