Ahren Lester, Environmental Finance
2020 was another record-breaking year for the green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bond market.
According to figures from the Environmental Finance Bond Database, total GSSS bond issuance crossed $600 billion in 2020 – nearly double the $326 billion issued in 2019. Growth in the GSSS bond market in 2020 accelerated on the 53% year-on-year growth reported in 2019 compared to the $214 billion issued in 2018.
The number of super-sized issuances also exploded. More than 50 bonds raising $2 billion or more were issued in 2020, up from just 15 such issues in 2019.
More growth is expected in 2021. A poll conducted by Environmental Finance indicated more than two-thirds of respondents expect between $600 billion and $700 billion to be raised during the year, with the majority of the remainder forecasting between $700 billion and $800 billion.
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