How does Green Finance impact you? / 綠色金融會如何影響你?

Green Finance may sound like a remote concept, however it is closer to our everyday lives than we think.

In promoting Green Finance, we are helping to channel investments into opportunities which has both a good rate of return and also has a positive impact to the environment.

In the long run, it will promote more accountability from the financial industry across the ecosystem of banks, insurance companies, investment companies, corporates seeking financing, etc, to price such sustainability in their products, creating a win-win situation for both investors and for the planet.

In Hong Kong, there is a framework for Green Bonds.

Hong Kong is Asia’s fourth largest bond issuance center (Source: SCMP, June 2018) so us at FoE (HK) believes that we can do more to promote and encourage the issuance of such Bonds across corporations and investors. In addition to Green Bonds, there are other investment vehicles that we would like to introduce in this blog so you can also be aware of the types of Green Financing opportunities available to you.

As an additional reference material, the UN has also mentioned Green Financing as one of their regional initiatives in Asia Pacific, and you can read more about it in their website: – https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/asia-and-pacific/regional-initiatives/supporting-resource-efficiency/green-financing.

Furthermore we would like to share the view from practitioners in Hong Kong (Prof. Entela Benz-Saliasi – Adjunct Associate Professor of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Ms. Alexandra Boakes Tracy – Founder and President of Hoi Ping Ventures), please enjoy the interview video.

綠色金融聽起來像一個遙遠的概念,但近年此議題已愈來愈靠近我們的現實生活。

推廣綠色金融,能令投資轉化為機遇,獲得高額回報之餘,對環境更具有正面幫助。長遠來說,綠色金融將可促使銀行、保險公司、投資公司、尋求融資的企業等金融機構負上更多責任,積極推出具可持續性產品,為投資者和地球創造雙贏局面。

在香港,我們已有綠色債券。

而香港更是亞洲四大債券保險市場之一 (資料來源: 南華早報, 2018年6月),因此香港地球之友相信應在企業及投資者間廣泛推廣此類債券。

除綠色金融外,這個網誌將介紹更多投資工具,請密切留意著我們,亦希望你能找到適合自己的綠色投資類型。

順帶一提,聯合國已把綠色金融訂為亞太區重點關注議題之一,想了解更多,可瀏覽以下網址: https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/asia-and-pacific/regional-initiatives/supporting-resource-efficiency/green-financing.

現在,請各位觀賞兩位金融從業者對綠色投資的分享。

Welcome Message / 歡迎辭

Welcome to the first Green Finance blog post from Friends of the Earth (HK). We would like to be pioneers to promote Green Finance in Hong Kong – through this blog, we will share both our views and relevant publications around this topic.

The Earth Day is the best day for us to start this blog. We believe that Green Finance has a great value proposition – both from an investment perspective and from an environmental sustainability perspective.

We hope this blog would be interactive with the viewers so we welcome any comments and suggestions.

As the first introduction, we would like to invite you to view the following interview with Mr. Robin How, independent analyst and Mr. James A Maguire, Partner of Sustainable Development Capital LLP.

歡迎大家瀏覽香港地球之友首個關於綠色金融的博客,香港地球之友希望成為在港推動綠色金融的先導者,而我們亦會透過這個博客傳播關於綠色金融的資訊和分享我們對這個議題的看法。

今天是地球日,我們覺得這是一個和大家一起開始探索此重要議題的最佳日子,綠色金融不單是我們對環境保護的承諾,也可以成為具有充份投資價值的項目。

我們特意選取了獨立分析員Robin How先生和Sustainable Development Capital LLP合伙人James A Maguire先生的訪談去作為這個博客的第一個篇章,歡迎各位觀賞並提出意見。