Total sustainable debt issuance has surpassed $1 trillion according to research from BoombergNEF.
The sustainable debt market includes green, social and sustainability bonds and loans that finance projects with positive environmental and social benefits, as well as debt securities that react to the sustainability performance of the borrower. Green bonds, which debuted the sustainable debt market in 2007, remain the most popular financing option by dollar volume. Green bond issuance totals $788 billion to date, representing 77% of the sustainable debt market. Other innovations in the sustainable debt market include sustainability bonds (7%), sustainability-linked loans (10%) and sustainability-linked bonds (<1%).