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Climate Change

Global ESG bond issuance triples under decarbonization drive

Companies rush to fund projects and research that reduce emissions

Solar panels in Britain: Europe topped the volume of ESG corporate bond issuance with $121.4 billion, accounting for nearly half the global total.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Global corporate issuance of bonds specializing in environment, social and governance issues has reached $256.8 billion this year, increasing 3.4-fold from the January-June period in 2020, as companies rush to invest in projects and research for decarbonization.

As of Friday, ESG-themed bonds with the highest growth were green bonds, according to data by Refinitiv. Issuance increased by 2.9 times to $162.8 billion, accounting for 63% of the total.

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