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Commerzbank has recently assisted a number of green and social bonds as lead manager. Issuers are supported in the preparation, structuring and placement of the appropriate transactions in the international capital market. Green bonds are bonds, whose proceeds explicitly serve sustainable projects. These include sustainable projects for example in the field of renewable energies, sustainable waste management, energy efficiency and clean mobility solutions. The issuance volume in this area is steadily increasing and mounted up to more than EUR 80 billion in 2016 alone.

The notion “Green Bond” is not protected, which in the past led to very different projects and instruments being named and marketed as “green”. In order to implement standards, increase the transparency and thereby improve the integrity of the green bonds market, the green bond principles were formulated in 2014. As a voluntary standard, the principles serve as guidelines for the issuance process of green bonds. Currently (status March 2016) 200 issuers, investors and banks support the green bond principles. Commerzbank is member of the green bond principles since mid-2014 and is actively engaged in the further development of this market segment.

In 2015, Commerzbank was the organising host of a green bond workshop at the Euromoney Germany Conference in Berlin. It has also had its own page on the site of financial information service provider Bloomberg since 2015. The page is dedicated to green bonds and tracks the price developments of various green bond issuers. In this way, Commerzbank creates greater market transparency for all interested parties.

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