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Bank of China issues first green bond under the updated version of the Common Ground Taxonomy report between China and the EU

Allen & Overy has advised the managers on the first green bond offering, by Bank of China Limited’s Frankfurt Branch, in reference to the Common Ground Taxonomy - Climate Change Mitigation report (updated) (“CGT Updated Version”).

The USD500 million 3.125% notes due 2025 issued under Bank of China’s USD40 billion Medium Term Note Programme also mark the bank’s first dual-certified green bond with contribution to climate change mitigation. The asset pool of the offering is dually certified to meet the EU and China taxonomies with the commitment on climate change mitigation. 

China and the EU initiated a Working Group on taxonomies under the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (“IPSF”) to assess the existing taxonomies for environmentally sustainable activities. The IPSF published the first version of the Common Ground Taxonomy report in November 2021 and released the CGT Updated Version on 3 June 2022. The publication now includes 72 climate mitigation activities that are recognised by both China’s Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue and the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. 

The A&O team comprised partners Jaclyn Yeap and Agnes Tsang, with support from Alan Zhang, Zhefei Zhang, Rachel Cheung and Christy Ng.

Bank of China continues to be a leader in sustainable finance across Asia Pacific. We previously advised on their offering of the world’s first sustainability re-linked bond in November 2021.

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