The construction of green bond markets

Dr Ryan Jones1, Dr Tom Baker1, Prof Laurence Murphy1

1University of Auckland


In a short amount of time, green bonds have become a preferred solution to inter-locking challenges of environmental sustainability, social cohesion and economic growth. Tagged to projects with expected environmental benefits, green bonds are issued to raise a fixed amount of capital and are repaid with interest over a set period of time. Recent estimates have claimed green bonds will grow rapidly, underpinning a multi-trillion dollar market, and in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, the intellectual and economic infrastructure to support market growth is being actively constructed. Yet little is known about the practices and agendas implicated in the construction of green bond markets. This presentation outlines the ascendance of green bond markets and discusses a series of theoretical and empirical entry points for critical analysis.


Ryan Jones is a Research Fellow in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland.

Tom Baker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland


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