Sustainable Financing in China Virtual Series

Date: 29 Jun 2022

Amid a national push for net-zero emissions by 2060 and the growing appetite of international investors, China's green bond market is headed for another busy year, after reaching a new high in 2021, and surpassing its previous record of US$56.18 billion in 2019.

Further to China's proposal to exclude fossil fuel projects from the list of eligible green projects, this has brought the nation's green taxonomy closer to global standards, which has already lured more international investors to the onshore green bond market.

GlobalCapital Events and Euromoney Conferences will host a series of webinars on China’s sustainability-linked bond market, to explore the opportunities, challenges, and long-term potential for investing in the sustainable market. Each webinar will build on the previous discussion, giving investors, analysts, bankers, and other interested parties a guide to China’s green and sustainable financing markets.


China's green bonds - Boosting global sustainable development

The Chinese government has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, which will likely drive further growth for Chinese green bonds. International investors have increased their holdings of Chinese fixed-income securities by about

30% last year, reaching approximately CNY 3.9 trillion (USD 0.61 trillion), as of September 2021.

- China’s ESG market has grown from being just about green bonds to seeing carbon-neutrality bonds, sustainability-linked bonds and even green ABS. What is likely to be the next stage in the evolution of China’s ESG bond market?

- Who will be the next wave of issuers?

- Supporting policies for green bonds have been launched across China, including substantial incentives such as discounted interest rates, guarantees and subsidies for green bonds. Is there more to come?

- Is the taxonomy of green bonds harmonized enough to avoid “greenwashing”?

- China has made great efforts in the past year to unify its disparate domestic green bond standards and further align them with international standards. Is the work over? What more needs to be done to bring global standards to the domestic debt market?

- Are there green bond opportunities for the development of infrastructure projects, such as in the Greater Bay Area and along the Belt and Road Initiative?

- Regulators like NAFMII are taking big steps to grow their ESG market, by encouraging foreign issuers like SSAs to sell social or sustainability Panda bonds. What impact is this likely to have on the ESG Panda market? What other regulations can be implemented to boost ESG issuance onshore?


Stay tuned for speaker updates!

Bin Zhou, Head of Innovation Business, Bond Department, Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Sibo Feng, Managing Director & Deputy Global Head of Credit Markets, CICC

Aidan Yao, Senior Economist & Asian Fixed Income Investment Specialist, AXA Investment Managers

Chaoni Huang, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Global Markets APAC, BNP Paribas

Norbert Ling, ESG Credit Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, Invesco

Rashmi Kumar, Editor, GlobalCapital Asia & Asiamoney

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