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Not-Yet-Green Debt Sold by Polluters Poised to Hit $1.5 Trillion

  • Companies turning to transition bonds to reduce emissions
  • China, Japan, Canada leading the charge in new market

Transition bonds are poised to be the next big thing in sustainable debt as heavy polluters worldwide look to raise money to help them clean up their acts, according to a climate finance group.

The market for these new securities is set to hit $1.5 trillion by the end of the decade, up from just $12 billion, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, the world’s No. 1 certifier of green debt.