On May 12, 2022, Singapore’s Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) published a second consultation paper on its proposed taxonomy for Singapore-based financial institutions (“Singapore Taxonomy”), which aims to provide a common framework for classification of economic activities upon which financial products and services can be built and combat greenwashing by setting

The European Union’s recent passage of its Sustainability Financial Disclosure Regulation marks yet another milestone in the progression of ESG matters. In a new article in The Secured Lender, we review this regulation and related ESG disclosure requirements, together with other notable ESG developments out of Japan and the United States, and discuss their

On 20 July 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued draft guidelines (the Draft Guidelines) on the management of climate-related risks by authorised institutions (AIs). The Draft Guidelines further develop the HKMA’s approach to climate risk, initially outlined in its June 2020 White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking, and incorporate leading international standards and practices to provide comprehensive climate risk management guidance for banks in the areas of governance, strategy, risk management and disclosure.

In this Blog Post, we highlight key aspects of the Draft Guidelines and takeaways for AIs considering how to approach these new proposals in Hong Kong. For more information about evolving regulatory approaches to climate disclosure and risk management around the world, please see our comprehensive analysis, Climate Disclosure and Risk Management: Global Approaches.

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On May 4, 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released the details of its Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme (GSF Grant Scheme), which will consolidate Hong Kong’s existing Pilot Bond Grant Scheme and Green Bond Grant Scheme into one new program. According to the Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr. Eddie Yue:

“The global green bond market has grown from practically non-existent ten years ago to US$270 billion in 2020.  In Hong Kong, we have taken early and proactive steps to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a regional green and sustainable finance hub, including the issuance of two rounds of Government green bonds since 2019 and the establishment of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group to coordinate cross-agency market development efforts.  The launch of a new [GSF] Grant Scheme to support green and sustainable bond issuance and lending will further enrich the green and sustainable finance ecosystem in Hong Kong.”

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As businesses emerge from COVID with a significant amount of corporate debt, the landscape in the financial markets has also evolved: The focus on ESG issues has intensified. We have seen institutional investors demand more in these areas, in terms of both disclosures and concrete targets, from banks and funds.

Meanwhile, emerging regulations and reforms

On February 10, 2021, the primary global loan market trade associations—the Loan Syndication and Trading Association (LSTA), the Loan Market Association and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association—released updated Green Loan Principles (GLP) and related Guidance.

The changes include a requirement that borrowers identify and manage potentially material social risks

On January 28, 2021, Singapore’s Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) launched a consultation on a proposed taxonomy (the “Taxonomy“) for financial institutions to identify green and transitional activities. The Taxonomy is intended to provide a common framework for classification upon which financial products and services can be built and combat greenwashing by setting out definitive criteria for greenness in Singapore.

The Taxonomy consultation builds upon Singapore’s exemplary efforts to regulate and develop its green finance markets, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s recently issued Environmental Risk Guidelines for asset managers, banks and insurers, which we discuss in our Legal Update at MayerBrown.com.

In this Blog Post, we discuss the Taxonomy and steps that other jurisdictions in Asia have taken to implement their own green taxonomies.

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