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There are other solutions to low-carbon investing in credit markets too. Green bonds, for example, which are ‘use of proceeds’ (i.e., the funds raised are earmarked specifically for green projects), are a principle we are very supportive of. But we often see shortcomings in this market, something we at RLAM have written on extensively. An area potentially more credible is sustainability-linked bonds, which don’t look at inputs, but rather at a company’s outputs. Borrowers set clear ESG targets, which if not met, trigger a modest increase in coupon.
While the sustainability-linked bond market is still very small compared with ‘use of proceeds’ bonds, we need to be careful to ensure targets are meaningful. However, a focus on delivering outcomes has to be a far more credible proposition.
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