BRIEF

What Are Green Bonds?

December 1, 2015


Climate change affects all of us. But it is expected to hit developing countries the hardest. Its potential effects on temperatures, precipitation patterns, sea levels, and frequency of weather-related disasters pose risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, and the lives and livelihoods of people in developing countries. 

The good news is that there are many solutions to address climate change, but they need financing.  Green bonds is one of the financing options available to private firms and public entities to support climate and environmental investments.  Investors are attracted to green bonds because they allow a closer connection to positive social and environmental impacts. The World Bank Treasury created the “What Are Green Bonds?” guide to help people without a finance background better understand the nature of green bonds.

What are green bonds? How do they work? Who is issuing them and who buys them? What’s the benefit?

Learn more and download the guide here.