Today, in Amsterdam, 110 attendees, including investors, rating agencies, supras, government reps and green bond consultants are getting together discuss the future of the green bonds market.
The event is hosted by Mr Berry Marttin, Member of the Executive Board of Rabobank and the keynote speech will be delivered by former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Prof. Jan Peter Balkenende. Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bond Initiative is chairing the interactive discussion. Investor representatives present include Actiam, Delta Lloyd and KfW AM, APG Asset management, PGGM and Candriam.
Sean Kidney commented on the excellent turnout for the event: ‘This is yet another example that proves the enormous investor demand that is out there for green bonds. It adds to the evidence we are seeing from the massive oversubscription in recent deals, such as KfW’s third green bond and KBN’s $500m green bond, which received $700m in orders. You know there is demand when KfW starts talking about seeing pricing benefits on their green bonds!”
He added: ‘But this is just the beginning. Europe’s policymakers need to use the momentum we are seeing in the market, this incredible investor appetite, to undertake a massive green infrastructure investment programme. There are so many opportunities here, but key areas we see are ensuring Juncker’s EUR315bn Investment Plan becomes a green one, and that the proposals for the Capital Markets Union to support standardisation and reviving a high-quality asset-backed securtisation market, include the development of green bond standards and a green ABS and covered bond market’