FTSE Russell launches Chinese green bond index

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Global index, analytics and data provider, FTSE Russell, has launched the Chinese Green Bond Index Series, which will track bonds where the proceeds are used to finance climate and environmental projects in mainland China.

The index, which would include 126 bonds and over of around 75 per cent of all green bonds in China, would aim to measure the performance of onshore Chinese yuan-determined fixed-rate government, agency and corporate debt issued that were labelled ‘green’ by the issuer.

FTSE Russell said China represented the second-largest green bond market globally, with $37 billion issued in 2017, and that the firm provided China-linked benchmarks with around $27 billion of equity assets under management benchmarked to or tracking FTSE China indexes.

China green bonds issuance represented 23 per cent of global green bond issues in 2017 and that this market was expected to continue to grow. “