Climate Bonds Announces 2019 Green Bond Pioneer Award Winners

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Global leadership in green bond issuance and green finance development has again been recognised by Climate Bonds at the 4th Annual Green Bond Pioneer Awards (GBPA), announced before an international audience in London on the eve of the 2019 Climate Bonds Annual Conference.

The GBPA are the premier annual recognition of achievement by organisations, financial institutions, governments and individuals who have demonstrated leadership through pioneering initiatives and green issuance, providing best practice examples of climate resilient and low carbon investments in a diverse range of nations and markets.

This year’s awards include expanded focus on emerging economies & smaller nations’ climate action achievements – with recipients from ASEAN, LatAm and Africa – reflecting the critical importance of accelerating climate resilient investments in sustainable infrastructure and the broadening of cross border capital flows to support low carbon economic growth.

The 2019 event recognises pioneering issuers and green finance actors with Awards and Certificates of Recognition categories.

Sustainalytics was named Largest Approved Verifier for Certified Climate Bonds .

Bob Mann, President & Chief Operating Officer, Sustainalytics: “Sustainalytics is honoured to be recognized as the largest approved verifier for Certified Climate Bonds by the Climate Bonds Initiative.

The increasing momentum around sustainable finance activities is exciting, with more diverse issuers releasing green bonds and showing innovation in the use of their proceeds. We are delighted to support the dynamic growth of the sustainable finance market.”

Green Bond Pioneer Award Recipients:

  • Largest single bond to a trillion market – Kingdom of Belgium
  • Largest emerging markets bond to a trillion market – Industrial Bank Co. Ltd.
  • Largest new issuer to a trillion market – Kingdom of Belgium
  • Largest new emerging markets issuer to a trillion market – Republic of Indonesia
  • New products – digital green bond – Verbund AG
  • New products – green convertible bond – Sumitomo Forestry Co
  • New products – loan portfolio green notes – National Australia Bank
  • New countries taking green bonds global – Landsvirkjun (Iceland)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – TLFF I Pte Ltd (Indonesia)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – Fransabank SAL (Lebanon)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – Bank Windhoek (Namibia)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – EDP (Portugal)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – Republic of Seychelles (Seychelles)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – TMB Bank (Thailand)
  • New countries taking green bonds global – Atlas Renewable Energy (Uruguay)
  • Largest Certified Climate Bond – ING
  • Largest emerging markets Certified Climate Bond – ICBC London Branch
  • Largest new Certified Climate Bond issuer – Société du Grand Paris
  • Largest new emerging markets Certified Climate Bond issuer – State Bank of India
  • Largest external reviewer – CICERO Shades of Green
  • Largest Approved Verifier for Certified Climate Bonds – Sustainalytics
  • Largest green bond underwriter – Crédit Agricole CIB
  • Largest emerging markets green bond underwriter – Bank of China
  • Green bond taxonomy harmonization – EU TEG on Sustainable Finance
  • Green bond champion 2018 – Chrissa Pagitsas
  • Green bond regulator 2018 – Autorité des Marchés Financiers
  • Green bond listing venue 2018 – Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Green bond development bank 2018 – IFC
  • Green finance collaboration 2018 – Amundi Planet Emerging Green One Fund
  • Green bond framework 2018 – Fannie Mae
  • Green bond reporting 2018 – SNCF Réseau

Certificate of Recognition Recipients:

  • Landsvirkjun for issuing the first public sector green bond from Iceland
  • Republic of Indonesia for issuing the first public sector green bond from Indonesia
  • National Treasury Management Agency for issuing the first public sector green bond from Ireland
  • Auckland Council for issuing the first public sector green bond from New Zealand
  • Republic of Seychelles for issuing the first public sector green bond from the Seychelles
  • SID Bank for issuing the first public sector green bond from Slovenia
  • KBC for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Belgium
  • Fransabank SAL for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Lebanon
  • Prologis European Logistics Fund for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Luxembourg
  • BBVA Bancomer for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Mexico
  • Bank Windhoek for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Namibia
  • BBVA for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Spain
  • TMB Bank for issuing the first financial corporate green bond from Thailand
  • WDP for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Belgium
  • Empresa de Energía del Pacífico (EPSA) for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Colombia
  • TLFF I Pte Ltd for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Indonesia
  • EDP for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Portugal
  • B.Grimm Power for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Thailand
  • Atlas Renewable Energy for issuing the first non-financial corporate green bond from Uruguay
  • Santiago Exchange (Chile) for introducing green bond guidelines
  • Bolsa de Valores de Lima (Peru) for introducing green bond guidelines
  • New York State Housing Finance Agency for being the most frequent Certified Climate Bond issuer in 2018
  • ABN AMRO for being the first to issue a Certified Climate Bond under the newly released Marine Renewable Energy Criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard
  • Bank of China for being the first to issue a Certified Climate Bond under the newly released Water Infrastructure Criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard
  • Westpac for launching an institutional green deposit scheme to finance assets which meet Climate Bonds Certification requirements
  • BBVA for being the first issuer to publish an integrated SDG framework for green, social and sustainability bonds
  • Société du Grand Paris for their programmatic green bond issuance framework
  • Sustainalytics for providing external reviews to the largest number of new issuers

Climate Bonds Announces 2019 Green Bond Pioneer Award Winners