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28. Green Finance in Singapore

Barriers and Solutions

Author : Youngho Chang

Published in: Handbook of Green Finance

Publisher: Springer Singapore

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Abstract

Green finance or green bonds have gained a strong momentum in the world. Some Asian countries such as the People’s Republic of China and Japan are very active in green finance. This chapter reviews how green finance in Singapore is working, examines existing barriers, and suggests some solutions. Singapore, a well-established financial hub in Asia, aims to be a hub in green finance in Asia. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the central bank of Singapore, has formed a network with other seven central banks in the world called “Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening Financial System”, which intends to promote sharing of experiences and best practices in green finance with other countries. Along with the forming the network, the MAS has established a Green Bond Grant scheme to promote and ensure the issuance of green bond in Singapore. In parallel, the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) published Guidelines on Responsible Financing to promote and support environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures. The Singapore Exchange (SGX) asks its member firms to strictly comply with the ESG disclosures. At an individual firm level in Singapore, City Developments Limited (CDL), a real estate developing company, and Development Bank of Singapore Limited (DBS), a commercial bank, issued Singapore’s first and second green bonds in 2017. The proceeds of the CDL Green Bond are allocated to finance retrofitting and upgrading of a commercial building in Singapore while the proceeds of the DBS Green Bond are to invest in renewable energy and climate change adaptation, among others. How successful the two green bonds meet their pronounced goals and how well and effectively they contribute to the diffusion of renewable energy remains to be seen.

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Metadata
Title
Green Finance in Singapore
Author
Youngho Chang
Copyright Year
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0227-5_36

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