Breaking records USD 4.7 trillion: Surging sustainable debt market Q1 2024

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Key Takeaways from Q1 2024 Sustainable Debt Market

The sustainable debt market continues its extraordinary growth, with a record-breaking Q1

Cumulative Volume Milestone

  • As of March 31, 2024, the market achieved a cumulative volume of USD 4.7 trillion in green, social, sustainability, and sustainability-linked bonds (GSS+).

Sector Highlights

  • Green Bonds: Dominated the market with USD 195.9 billion, a 25% increase from Q1 2023.
  • Social Bonds: Reached USD 42.3 billion, spearheaded by French issuers.
  • Sustainability Bonds: Totaled USD 31.4 billion, with the Asia-Pacific region being the largest contributor.
  • Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs): Although volume dropped by 37%, innovative issuances, such as those from French retailer Goldstory SAS, are setting new benchmarks.

Record Quarterly Issuance

  • Q1 2024 saw an impressive USD 272.7 billion in new GSS+ bond issuances, marking a 15% increase from Q1 2023 and a significant 41% jump from Q4 2023.

Regional Contributions

  • Europe: Led the market with 55% of total aligned volume, totaling USD 149.5 billion.
  • North America: Experienced a 68% YOY increase, primarily driven by green bond issuances.
  • Africa: Surged with a 1692% YOY growth, mainly due to contributions from the African Development Bank and Ivory Coast.

Issuance Insights

  • Non-Financial Corporates: Emerged as the largest issuer type, accounting for 28% of the volume.
  • Currencies: Bonds were priced in 34 currencies, with EUR and USD being the most frequent.

Emerging Trends

  • Nuclear Energy: Gaining traction as an eligible green project, with notable issuances from Bruce Power in Canada and Constellation Energy in the USA.
  • Sovereign Issuances: Saw significant growth, with new green bonds from Japan and Romania.

The sustainable debt market’s robust performance in Q1 2024 underscores a growing global commitment to sustainable finance. However, a substantial financing gap persists, particularly in Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs). To sustain this momentum, continued collaboration among investors, issuers, and policymakers is essential.

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Source: Based on analysis by Climate Bonds Initiative.