European stock exchange Euronext has developed its green bond offering for its six regulated markets in a bid to promote more sustainable investing across Europe by improving the accessibility to the exchange's environmentally friendly bonds.
The launch is part of Euronext's three-year strategic plan, named ‘Let's Grow Together 2022’, which shows its commitment to encouraging the adoption of sustainable finance.
The exchange is developing and improving the accessibility of sustainable products and services for the financial community.
The Green Bonds offering includes the launch of a dedicated area on Euronext’s website to enable investors to easily discover sustainable investment opportunities offered by issuers to finance their environment and sustainability projects.
The green debt must comply with a list of criteria set by Euronext to be eligible for the Green Bonds inclusion. This includes being listed on a Euronext market, aligned with industry standards such as the ICMA Green Bond Principles, and be accompanied by a third party review.
Ireland’s Minister of State with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, said in a statement: "Sustainable finance is an important and rapidly growing sector in Ireland and Europe, and is a key priority in the ‘Ireland for Finance’ 2025 strategy which I jointly launched earlier this year.
"Leading financial entities such as Euronext can play a leading role in unlocking the capital required to transition to a low-carbon economy and keep global warming below 2°C, meanwhile supporting issuers connect with a new base of investors."