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Green Investments at $694 Billion Are Much Bigger Than You Think

  • Labeled green bonds totaled $118 billion last year, HSBC says
  • Investments to curb pollution and climate change are booming

The green bond market is much bigger than most people think, and it’s booming on a scale not appreciated beyond the tight circle of analysts who track it.

That’s the conclusion of a report commissioned by HSBC Bank Plc, which showed $118 billion of securities issued that are officially labeled as green bonds -- a fraction of the $694 billion wider market of investments that will rein in pollution and curtail climate change regardless of how they’re classified.