SEB, the Nordic bank, has pointed to a new record level of issuance in the first month of the year, which has lifted the market by 17% year-on-year.
Through the first week of February, issuance hit $25bn, setting the market on a full-year trajectory estimated at $120-$240bn. Considering all sustainable debt instruments, including green bonds, industry issuance hit $31bn.
Other key growth metrics include:
- 16 jurisdictions featured green bond issuance in the first months of the year, compared to 12 in 2018
- Activity in the top four countries - US, France, Canada, Spain - was up by double and triple digit figures.
- Issuance in Sweden was up more than 400% to $1.3bn compared to the year earlier period.
- SEK denominated instruments accounted for 66% of all green bond issuance in January.
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