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The Green Bond

Your insight into sustainable finance

The Green Bond is SEB's research publication that strives to bring you the latest insight into the world of sustainable finance.

Even though the publication covers all kinds of products and developments in the sustainable finance market, we decided to keep its historic name – "The Green Bond” – as tribute to our role as a pioneer in the Green Bond market.

The Green Bond report April 2024

The latest issue of SEB’s The Green Bond report is dedicated to the question of how to scale energy transition investments at the speed required to reach net-zero emissions and in a manner that is socially inclusive. Amid rising populism and an escalating geopolitical race for clean technology competitiveness and energy security, green industrial policies may lead faltering energy transition investments and stagnating sustainable debt markets back to growth.

Can industrial policy help the transition?

The clean energy transition is still stalling. China’s industrial policy has allowed it to dominate transition supply chains, and the US and the EU must emulate it to catch up. The US IRA is a clear step in this direction, but Europe is hampered by the lack of EU-wide funding.

Sustainable finance market struggles

The first three months of 2024 saw timid growth in use-of-proceeds bonds which was almost erased by Y/Y halving of sustainability-linked bond issuances. However, cover ratios for sustainable bonds remain above market average showing lasting investor interest in sustainable finance.

Transition reflections

The fast, furious – and fair – energy transition

Gregor Vulturius, SEB's Lead Scientist and Advisor within Climate & Sustainable Finance, brings over 10 years of experience in working with policy makers, the financial sector, academia, and civil society. He is also the editor in chief of “The Green Bond”, SEB's research publication that strives to bring you the latest insights into the world of sustainable finance – one theme at a time.

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