Infographic: Bigger and better – the rise of green bonds

Green bonds have become a popular way of raising cash for environmental projects and infrastructure through debt securities, show's this month's infographic

Green bonds, with climate bonds making up a growing proportion, have become a popular way of raising cash for environmental projects and infrastructure through debt securities (see infographic).

Since 2010 the amount of bonds by value has grown 17-fold to almost $65bn, according to estimates by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) (see figure 1). Early green bonds were dominated by the pioneering activity of multilateral and regional development banks (MDBs), which continues to grow. But their share has fallen from 100% of all green bonds issued in 2007-09 to just 15% in 2016 as the maturing market attracts corporates, commercial banks and other players.

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