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Green Bond Market Will Grow to $158 Billion in 2016, HSBC Says

The value of outstanding green bonds may almost double this year to as much as $158 billion as the niche product used to fund projects tackling climate change starts to become mainstream.

HSBC Holdings Plc predicts $55 billion to $80 billion green bonds will be issued around the world in 2016, an increase of 32 percent to 91 percent from last year’s level, according to a research note published Tuesday in London. The total outstanding amount will reach $133 billion to $158 billion by the end of 2016, according to the report.