How Green Bonds In Capital Markets Create Depth For Real Estate

Sustainable finance is increasingly becoming a key focus for domestic financial institutions in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By Jonathan Muga

When veteran French conservative politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde was being interviewed to become the first female president of the European Central Bank – the most powerful economic institution in Europe, according to a green business new site Climate Change News, her pitch suggested that the bank should phase out climate-warming investments and move gradually transition towards green products.

Lagarde’s view is firmed up in growing acceptance that the world today not only has to confront an economic crisis, with rising levels of poverty, and insecurity but also a climate and environmental crisis, with potentially severe consequences for humankind.

Closer home, the pursuit of climate change adaptation estimated at Sh2.3 trillion ($20-30 billion) annually over the next 10 to 20 years according to Kenya’s Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) is urgent. Equally important is the incalculable destruction effects of climate change, manifested in natural disasters, left across Kenya in the recent past.

The recent closing of Kenya’s first-ever Green Bond by Acorn Project (Two) Limited Liability Partnership, an Sh4.3 billion bond, supports a Big 4 Agenda priority, investing in affordable, environmentally friendly housing for over 5,000 students in Nairobi, is a milestone in Kenya’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Acorn will use the proceeds of the bond to construct purpose-built student accommodation buildings that meet the international green building standards for water, energy and construction materials, ensuring lower operating costs and a lower carbon impact…

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