Barclays Reaches £1 Billion Green Bonds Target And Commits To A Further £1 Billion

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Barclays Reaches £1 Billion Green Bonds Target And Commits To A Further £1 Billion

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 10:00am

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November 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Barclays today confirmed it has reached its target of investing over £1 billion in Green Bonds and has made a commitment to invest a further £1 billion. This represents one of the largest Green Bond investment commitments by any institution globally.

Last year Barclays announced its commitment to investing at least £1 billion by November 2015, as part of its liquid asset buffer.

Green Bonds are fixed income securities designed to raise capital to finance the low carbon environment.  Barclays’ Treasury department has expanded its Green Bonds portfolio across various investment grade issuers including the European Investment Bank and KFW.

In 2014 the green bonds market totalled $36.59bn and current issuance for 2015 stands at $29.66bn[1]

Barclays has undertaken thorough due diligence to establish the social and environmental credentials of the proposed investment portfolio, including engaging with the issuers and also the leading NGO in this area, Climate Bonds Initiative.

Commenting on this investment, Tushar Morzaria, Group Finance Director, Barclays, said:

“As the Green Bond market matures this instrument presents an increasingly powerful proposition and one that has the potential to push green projects including renewables forwards at pace. We’re pleased to be an early adopter in the fast-growing and exciting area and will continue to support this market through our investments, products and services. ”

Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative said: "Addressing the risk of catastrophic climate change requires commitment; Barclays have shown that commitment can be combined with investing that achieves required returns at the same time. They have shown that, when it comes to the green bonds space, green can and does go with good investment. The one billion marker is a celebration of that."


[1] Climate Bonds Initiative, October 2015

About Barclays

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website

Keywords: Environment & Climate Change | Barclays | Climate Bonds Initiative | Green Bonds | climate change | renewables

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