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Introduction to Green Bonds Training Course, Hong Kong, 12 June

Supported by BNP Paribas

Date and Venue

Date: 12 June 2018
Time: 09:30-17:30

Statue Square & Alexandra room
2nd floor, Mandarin Oriental
5 Connaught Road, Central
Hong Kong


Green bonds raise finance for projects with environmental benefits and the market has grown rapidly, with green bond issuance of around US$156bn, an increase of 78% vs. 2016. In Asia, issuance aligned with the Green Bond Principles is flourishing: China has already shown itself to be a leader in promoting this form of finance; in Hong Kong issuance has gained momentum and there have been important official initiatives on issuance and incentives; and, in Japan, issuance has scaled up following the launch of guidance from the Ministry of Environment.

The Green Bond Principles (GBP) supported by the International Capital Market Association are the leading globally accepted framework for issuance of green bonds. Since 2017, the related Social Bond Principles (SBP) and Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG) provide guidance for the issuance of social and sustainability bonds.

This course gives a thorough introduction to the essentials of green bonds, including:
  • essential definitions of what constitutes a green bond issue and a detailed review of how the Green Bond Principles work.
  • introduction to social and sustainable bonds
  • review of market participants
  • the preparation and execution of issuance – extensive case studies and involvement of guest speakers for hands-on guidance,
  • the central role of external reviews and reporting, from use of proceeds reports to impact reporting
  • opportunities and challenges for the market
This is the first iteration of the course in Asia, following the launch of a similar course in Europe this year.

Who should attend?

The programme provides a suitable introduction for:
  • Potential issuers of, or investors in, bonds linked to environmentally beneficial projects  
  • Market professionals involved in underwriting, research or professional services for green bonds; this includes capital markets lawyers, external reviewers including rating agencies, stock exchanges, data and index providers official sector representatives promoting, supervising or developing policies on sustainable finance
  • Press, academics and other professionals with an interest in sustainable finance and the merits of green bond markets
Developed and delivered by a combination of leading market practitioners and ICMA’s green bond experts, the material also benefits from input from members of the GBP Executive Committee, comprising the elected representatives of the most significant issuers, investors and underwriters in the green bond market, as well as input from other important market participants.

Delegate Fees

ICMA Members: £700 (HK$ 7,400)
Non Member: £840 (HK$ 8,900)

Members of the Business Environment Council of Hong Kong may also avail of the member rate. Delegate fees are payable, in advance of the course start date, by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) or on receipt of an invoice.

Supported by BNP Paribas

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Guest speakers will contribute to various segments, including during the working lunch

09:30 – 09:50

Course Overview and Discussion of Participants’ Priorities for the Day
Peter Munro, ICMA
09:50 – 10:05 Product Snapshot
10:05 – 10:25

Drivers & Market evolution
Stephanie Sfakianos, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, BNP Paribas
10:25 – 11:05

Green Bond Characteristics
Cindy Wong, Bloomberg
11:05 – 11.20 Coffee Break
11.20 – 11.30 Social and Sustainable Bonds
11.30 – 11:55

Guest comment on regional developments: Stephanie Sfakianos & BNP Paribas Team
11:55 – 12:30

Market Participants
Guest comment on regional players:
Stephanie Sfakianos & BNP Paribas Team
Mervyn Tang, Head of Asia Pacific ex Japan, ESG Research - ‎MSCI Inc.
12:30 – 13:15

Working lunch
Case study: BNP Paribas as an issuer
13:15 – 14:00

Workshop 1 – Green bond essentials (Green bond framework examples)
Trisha Taneja, Head of Sustainable Bonds, Americas and APAC Sustainalytics
Calvin Kwan, General Manager Sustainability, Link
14:00 – 14:45 Resources and preparation for market (including legal documentation)
14:45 – 15:15 Presentation & Reporting
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00

External Reviews + Case studies
Rob Fowler, Head of Certification, CBI
Mike Wilkins, Managing Director S&P
Corinne Bendersky, Credit Rating Assoc., S&P
16:00 – 16:15 Opportunities & Challenges
16:15 – 17:15
Workshop 2 – Green bond implementation – Case Study Based
Delvin TAN, Assistant Treasurer, MTR
Steven Xu, Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability, EY
17:15 – 17:30 Q&A and Joining the Community


Register on-line for the Introduction to Green Bonds Training Course, being held in Hong Kong on 12 June 2018

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Delegate Fees
ICMA Member & Green Bond Principles Members & Observers: £1,750 + 20% VAT
Non Member: £2,275 + 20% VAT

ICMA Members & Hong Kong Business Environment Council Members: £700 (HK$ 7,400)

Non Member: £840 (HK$ 8,900)

*Accomodation is not included in the price and delegates must arrange their own accomodation.

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