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Big growth in Asia-Pacific’s ESG finance set to speed up standardisation

Photo by Ansel Lee from Pexels
Photo by Ansel Lee from Pexels

With the region’s sustainable debt market nearly tripling last year, formal guidelines and definitions look likely to follow as policymakers are urged to express a view

The sustainable debt market in Asia-Pacific is booming. In 2021, the total value of new loans and bonds, including green, social and sustainability-linked instruments grew by 178 per cent to reach $298.8bn, according to research from Swedish bank SEB.

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