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.
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。