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SEB facilitates the first Nordic 'green' bond issuance with a SEK 500 million
bond for the City of Gothenburg. With the issuance, the City of Gothenburg is a
pioneer in the Nordic region for using the green bond financial framework,
developed by SEB together with The World Bank and other Swedish investors. The
issuance is part of a potential SEK 2 billion green bond programme from
Gothenburg to help fund environmental projects.
- The City of Gothenburg's issuance represents a breakthrough for green bonds in
the Nordics. Interest in green bonds continues to grow among investors. They see
that green bonds offer the the same yield as other investments with similar
conditions, but at the same time these bonds contribute to a better environment
and higher awareness of climate-related challenges
and solutions, says
Christopher Flensborg, head of sustainable investments at SEB.
With its environmental programme, the City of Gothenburg intends to raise
financing to support various environmental projects on public transport, water
management, energy and waste management.
- We have a thorough programme for environmental projects in Gothenburg. The
City intends to be an obvious choice for investors seeking green investments,
says City of Gothenburg CFO Magnus Borelius.
Green bonds were first issued by The World bank in 2008, after developing the
concept with SEB starting in 2007. Since then, the market has steadily grown. In
total, organisations around the world including, the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the Export-Import Bank
of Korea have issued green bonds worth USD 10 billion. The concept is seen as a
way to generate awareness among financial institutions on climate-related
challenges and solutions. Many other institutions including the United Nations
are interested in understanding how the concept can be used.
The City of Gothenburg's green bond is for six years and will be listed on the
London Stock Exchange. Storebrand/SPP, Andra AP-fonden, Nordea
Bostadsobligationsfond, SEB Företagsobligationsfond Flexibel, Svenska Kyrkan,
Länsförsäkringar Västerbotten subscribed to the bond. Gothenburg has held the
highest credit rating possible from Moody's (AAA) since 2006 and the second
highest rating possible from Standard & Poor's s(AA+) since 2007. The outlook
for both ratings is stable.
Read more on green bonds here.
SEB press contact City of Gothenburg contact
Anna Helsén, Group Press Magnus Borelius, CFO, City of Gothenburg
Officer, SEB +46 (0) 31 368 00 23, +46 (0) 707 61 23 42
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