Environment & Energy Report

Green Bond Tag Is Too Much Hassle for Some Issuers, Moody’s Says

Dec. 2, 2019, 6:45 PM

The burden of meeting reporting requirements to sell certified green debt for environmentally-friendly projects is proving too onerous for some issuers who don’t want to take on the extra work it entails, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

“Some issuers are reluctant to commit to the green label, fearing a potential additional reporting burden that could introduce them to new reputational risks and put more demands on their finance and accounting departments,” Anna Zubets-Anderson, a senior analyst for sustainable finance at Moody’s, said in an interview.

While investor appetite for green bonds is booming -- sales of the debt are at...

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