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Exploring innovative structures for green bonds: green securitisations, sustainability-linked bonds, and green social bonds

In recent years, green bonds have gained significant popularity as a means of financing projects that have a positive impact on the environment. Green bonds are a type of fixed-income security that raises funds for environmentally friendly projects, such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and clean transportation. In this blog, we will explore new and innovative structures for green bonds, including green securitisations, sustainability-linked bonds, and green social bonds.

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Green securitisations

Green securitisations are a relatively new type of green bond structure that enables issuers to pool and sell a portfolio of green assets to investors. The assets may include renewable energy projects, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable infrastructure. The securitisation process involves packaging the assets into securities and selling them to investors in the form of bonds. The proceeds from these new bond sales are then used to finance even more green projects.

One of the advantages of green securitisations is that it can provide issuers access to a wider pool of investors than traditional green bonds. By pooling and packaging the assets, issuers can create bonds with different risk profiles and maturities, appealing to a broader range of investors. Green securitisations can also help issuers to diversify their funding sources and reduce their cost of capital.

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Sustainability-linked bonds

Unlike traditional green bonds, sustainability-linked bonds do not necessarily finance green projects. Instead, they are linked to the issuer's sustainability performance. The bond's coupon rate is tied to the issuer's ability to meet predetermined sustainability targets, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy usage, or improving water management. If the issuer fails to meet the targets, the coupon rate may increase, providing an incentive to improve sustainability performance.

For issuers, sustainability-linked bonds provide more flexibility in terms of how the funds are used. Issuers can use the proceeds to finance a variety of projects, not just green ones. This can be particularly appealing for issuers with a limited pipeline of green projects or who want to address sustainability issues beyond the scope of traditional green bonds.

Green social bonds

Green social bonds finance projects with environmental and social benefits, such as affordable housing, clean water, and sustainable agriculture. These bonds enable issuers to address both environmental and social challenges with a single financing instrument.

Green social bonds have several advantages. They can help to address the social and economic inequalities that often accompany environmental problems. By financing projects that have social benefits, green social bonds can help to build more resilient and sustainable communities. Additionally, green social bonds can appeal to a wider range of investors, including those who are interested in both environmental and social issues.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, the growing interest in sustainable finance has led to the development of new and innovative structures for green bonds. Green securitisations, sustainability-linked bonds, and green social bonds are just a few examples of these structures. These instruments enable issuers to finance a range of environmentally and socially beneficial projects, while also providing investors with opportunities to support sustainable development. 

As the demand for sustainable finance continues to grow, we can expect to see further innovation in the green bond market, with new structures and instruments designed to meet the needs of issuers and investors alike. DGB Group, too, embraces innovation and creates frameworks that lead us all towards building a more sustainable and resilient future. Our green bonds drive our nature-based projects forward, while delivering an 8% return on investment to our investors. 

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