Total Green Bonds Issued

Proof Point

UN Environment and Bloomberg data showed green bonds issued worldwide grew over ten times in five years from $15 billion in 2013 to $163 billion in 2017

Total Green Bonds Issued

2013 – 2017 (US$ billions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Green Bond – Debt instrument where investors loan funds to finance climate and environmental projects, namely renewable energy, energy efficiency, low carbon transport, smart grid, and others, for fixed interest income
  • 2013-2017 Growth – Total green bonds issued worldwide grew by 82% annually between 2013 and 2017, from $15 billion to $163 billion, according to UN Environment and Bloomberg data
  • Listings – Less than half of green bonds were listed on stock exchanges, with seven Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSEs) offering specific category for sustainable bonds
  • Key Drivers – Include growth in local government environmental projects, rising investor and business interest in sustainable investing, increasing number of corporations issuing green bonds, heightening government focus on emission reduction targets, and wider adoption of clean energy


Market Disruption


Energy, Financial Services, Government (excluding military)


Date Last Updated

September 6, 2018

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