The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR), the research arm of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF), today (24 November 2020) released an Applied Research report titled “The Green Bond Market in Hong Kong: Developing a Robust Ecosystem for Sustainable Growth”. HKIMR Applied Research reports are released on topics that are highly relevant to the financial industry and regulators in Hong Kong, and they aim to provide insights on the long-term development strategy and direction of Hong Kong’s financial industry.

This report illustrates the state of the green bond markets in Hong Kong and globally, and sheds light on the benefits of green bonds to issuers and investors. The report also explores market participants’ views of the opportunities and prospects of the Hong Kong green bond market in a survey commissioned by the HKIMR. The survey results show that existing participants cite the large number of international investors, availability of supporting policies, solid presence of socially responsible issuers, and transparent Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) information disclosure as the leading advantages of the Hong Kong market. 71% of existing issuers and 100% of existing investors indicate that they have plans to participate in the future. The report also discusses the strategies to accelerate the development of Hong Kong as a leading international green bond hub, which includes perfecting the green bond market infrastructure and encouraging broader market participation.

“The findings of this report suggest that green bond is a win-win solution for both issuers and investors. Research findings suggest that issuers could enjoy lower cost of borrowing and investors could enjoy better risk-return tradeoffs in market downturns. We hope that this report encourages more issuers and investors to take part in the green bond market. The report also provides some concrete recommendations for policy makers and stakeholders, which may help further improve and perfect Hong Kong’s green bond ecosystem in order to better serve the growing number of green bond issuers and investors,” said Mr Edmond Lau, Senior Executive Director of the HKMA and Deputy Chairman of the HKIMR.

The report is available on the AoF/HKIMR website.

 

 

Hong Kong Academy of Finance
Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR)
24 November 2020

 

About the Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF)

The AoF is set up with full collaboration amongst the HKMA, the Securities and Futures Commission, the Insurance Authority and the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority. By bringing together the strengths of the industry, the regulatory community, professional bodies and the academia, it aims to serve as (i) a centre of excellence for developing financial leadership; and (ii) a repository of knowledge in monetary and financial research, including applied research.

About the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR)

The HKIMR is the research arm of the AoF. Its main remit is to conduct research in the fields of monetary policy, banking and finance that are of strategic importance to Hong Kong and the Asia region. The Applied Research studies undertaken by the HKIMR are on topics that are highly relevant to the financial industry and regulators in Hong Kong, and they aim to provide insights on the long-term development strategy and direction of Hong Kong’s financial industry.

 

The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR), the research arm and subsidiary of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF), publishes an Applied Research report, titled “The Green Bond Market in Hong Kong: Developing a Robust Ecosystem for Sustainable Growth”. Mr Edmond Lau, Senior Executive Director of the HKMA and Deputy Chairman of the HKIMR, Ms Lillian Cheung, Executive Director (Research) of the HKMA and Executive Director of the HKIMR, and Mr Darryl Chan, Executive Director (External) of the HKMA, host a press conference to share the key findings of the report and the state of the green bond markets in Hong Kong and globally.
The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR), the research arm and subsidiary of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF), publishes an Applied Research report, titled “The Green Bond Market in Hong Kong: Developing a Robust Ecosystem for Sustainable Growth”. Mr Edmond Lau, Senior Executive Director of the HKMA and Deputy Chairman of the HKIMR, Ms Lillian Cheung, Executive Director (Research) of the HKMA and Executive Director of the HKIMR, and Mr Darryl Chan, Executive Director (External) of the HKMA, host a press conference to share the key findings of the report and the state of the green bond markets in Hong Kong and globally.



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