Kenyan banks target first green bond to support war on climate change

Author: Brian Ngugi, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 5 February 2019

"Kenyan banks target first green bond by end of the year"

Kenyan banks plan to issue a green bond by end of this year to raise money in the war on climate change, sector lobby Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has said. Chief executive Habil Olaka said on Monday banks seeking to introduce financing instruments for climate-friendly projects are mulling at least three options as Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) prepares for green bonds. “Each of the initiatives has an equal chance of producing Kenya’s first green bond,” he said.

The initiatives under consideration include the KBA creating a special purpose vehicle for lenders that show interest in issuance but cannot do so individually. The other option is to have a single bank issue the green bond for onward lending to specific projects. “Looking at the environmental, social and financial needs of both the country and the banking sector there is no better instrument to achieve sustainability than the green bond,” said Mr Olaka. Kenya needs about Sh2.4 trillion to support green economic activities in areas such as afforestation, renewable energy and public transport, a forum on the development of the green bond market heard in Nairobi earlier.

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