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1-Topic of the Month

China’s Increasing Use of Public Environmental Data
Guo Peiyuan
The author was invited to attend the work meeting of G20 Green Finance Study Group and to give a speech on the use of publicly available environmental data (PAED) in green finance. Based on that speech, this article introduces experiences of China related to PAED, the four stages of using PAED and policy tools available for each stage. Read More

China Securities Regulator Releases Guidelines to Boost Green Bonds
Xinhua
China's securities regulator has published guidelines to support the issuance of green bonds, pledging less red tape and more efforts to supervise the use of funds. Read More

Dr. Guo Peiyuan Attended AMAC and PRI’s Joint Event
The Asset Management Association of China (AMAC) partnered with UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) organized a joint event titled “Principles for Responsible Investment: ESG Defines New Investment Trend”. SynTao’s co-founder and general manager, Dr Guo Peiyuan attended the event as an invited expert in the question and answer session.
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Tracy Cai Attended 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference
The Climate Bonds Initiative, partnered with the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, had its 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference, which is also the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards. Tracy Cai, the Chief Executive Officer of Syntao Green Finance, as one of the Chinese representative, shared her experiences of China’s green bond market development. Read More

 

 

2-Monthly News Selection

Policies
PPP projects passed for securitization (Xinhua: March 13, 2017)
Chinese regulators have approved the first group of 9 infrastructure projects funded by public-private partnerships to raise funds through securitization, in order to expand funding channels, lower financing costs and better attract private capital.

China green bonds set to take off (China Daily: March 13, 2017)
In the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang in the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress, supporting the development of a green economy is listed as one of the economic and social development targets for the country.

Green Bonds
Bond index series to help develop China's green finance (ETF Strategy: March 24, 2017)
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange have launched a green bond index series, including the first Chinese green bond index to provide synchronous quotes between China and Europe.

EIB & China's central bank to boost green bonds (CNC: March 25, 2017)
The European Investment Bank will join China's central bank to co-launch a study into the standards of green bonds. The white paper hopes to boost the development of the international market.

Responsible Investment
China-led AIIB to block corrupt firms from projects (gbtimes: March 09, 2017)
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will block firms banned by other development banks from participating in its projects, by voluntarily adopting the list of sanction under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions (AMEDD) signed by multilateral development banks.

European Investment Bank to fund more eco-projects in China (The China Post: March 23, 2017)
The European Investment Bank is aiming to provide 500 million euros ($540 million) of financing in environmental and climate-related projects in China this year, while exploring co-investment opportunities with Chinese banks in overseas green projects.

Energy
China’s coal consumption decreases for 3rd straight year (AFP: March 01, 2017)
Coal consumption of China declined by 4.7% annually in 2016, and the share of coal in the country’s energy mix slipped to 62%, down 2 percentage points year on yea.

AIIB plans to “conditionally” support coal power (ChinaDialogue: March 06, 2017)
On the second public consultation of its future energy strategy, the AIIB says that efficient and clean oil and coal-fired power plants will be still considered where they replace older equipment or in regions that are unable to use alternative forms of energy.

Trends
China's stock exchange mulls index, board for green corporate bonds (Xinhua: March 11, 2017)
China's Shanghai Stock Exchange will release an index for green corporate bonds and establish a board for such bonds to facilitate financing for environmentally friendly projects. The index and the board will be launched "at an appropriate time".

Socially responsible companies? Hong Kong lags Singapore, India (SCMP: March 27, 2017)
The recently launched 4th Hong Kong SME Business Sustainability Index shows a growing acceptance for CSR. However, Hong Kong lags behind India, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan with fewer companies list among Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking top 20.

3-Reports of the Month

2016 Global Sustainable Investment Review
(Global Sustainable Investment Alliance: March 2017)

This report collates the results from the market studies of regional sustainable investment forums Forums for Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and summarizes the statues of sustainable and responsible investing in most of the regions covered by GSIA’s member organizations at the start of 2016.

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The Investing Enlightenment: How Principle and Pragmatism Can Create Sustainable Value through ESG
(State Street Corporation: March 2017)

In order to answer the question how we can leverage the capital markets to improve not just risk-adjusted returns, but our society as a whole, or how we can create sustainable value, this reports conducted a global survey of over 1300 investors and 25 interviews with executives in the industry. Based on the results of the survey and extensive secondary research, this report outlines a holistic model for integrating ESG considerations into investment decisions.

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Missing in Action: The Lack of ESG Capacity at Leading Investors
(E3G: March 2017)

This report assesses the internal capacity of leading investors to consider climate and broader ESG factors by looking at how many specialized ESG staff signatories of the PRI employ. Results shows that the general rate of hiring ESG specialists is extremely low, which shows the lack of internal capacity among leading investors.

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Investing in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
(NN investment partners: March 2017)

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) offer an excellent path to value creation for society and shareholders, which generated lots investment opportunities. This report mainly discussed over several questions: Why should one invest in the SDGs? What does it mean for financial returns? And how can one invest in the SDGs and make them visible at toe portfolio level?

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CONTENT

1- Topic of the Month
2- Monthly News Selection
3- Reports of the Month

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China Green Finance Newsletter is a monthly newsletter developed by SynTao Green Finance. 

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China Social Investment Forum

The Fourth China SIF Annual Conference Focuses on the Role of Investors in the Green Finance Wave
The Fourth China Social Investment Forum (China SIF) Annual Conference“Catching the Green Finance Wave: the role of investors”was held in Beijing on December 6, 2016. Participants had deep conversations on topics of establishing China's green investor network, green bond market development, green investment practices and green investment of insurance companies, etc. Read More

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