Green bond players size up chances of 2019 growth

Green bond watchers are putting out their forecasts for issuance this year, hoping for a return to growth after a disappointing 2018. The year has started decently, with at least $6bn issued so far, including this week’s debut issue from Telefónica, hailed as the first from the telecoms sector.

  • By Jon Hay
  • 01 Feb 2019

The Climate Bonds Initiative is widely seen as the market’s official score keeper. A year ago, it predicted a record $250bn-$300bn of issuance in 2018, but the total underwhelmed. It ended up at $167bn, just a shade ahead of 2017’s $162bn.

That meant UniCredit’s prediction of $165bn ...

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Global Green Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 4,644.41 36 6.31%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 4,624.79 26 6.28%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 4,359.57 22 5.92%
4 BNP Paribas 3,538.35 20 4.81%
5 Citi 3,486.70 19 4.74%