GRESB recently released the 2016 update to the GRESB Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector.
The guidelines are geared to real estate sector market participants originating and/or investing in green property bonds. Green bond issuance in 2016 currently stands at slightly above $50 billion and is on pace for $80 billion by year end—a record setting level. Key growth areas include China and Mexico.
Over the past several years, green property bonds gained greater traction, with the real estate industry emerging as a key sector. “Climate change and societal efforts to reduce carbon emissions have become one of the big investment themes,” said Nils Kok, CEO of GRESB. “Alternative investments such as green bonds, used to fund environmentally-friendly projects, have emerged as a market-driven way of bridging the financing gap by directing capital to companies with projects that can slow carbon emissions as we work to avoid environmental catastrophe.”
To read more about the GRESB Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector, visit gresb.com.