The Viability of Green Bonds as a Financing Mechanism for Green Buildings in ASEAN
Green bonds hold vast potential as a financing mechanism for green buildings in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
As the growth of energy demand outstrips that of energy supply in Southeast Asia, it becomes imperative for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to seek energy efficiency improvements for sustained energy security. While green buildings have an overall low penetration rate in ASEAN, when compared with the rest of the world, a relatively large proportion of green bond proceeds in ASEAN have been channeled to financing green buildings. Green bonds hold vast potential as a financing mechanism, and the importance of green bonds as a funding source for green buildings in ASEAN is projected to increase in the future. ASEAN governments can encourage the use of this source of finance to address underinvestment in green buildings through providing information on raising funds through green bonds, endorsing investment in green buildings through codifying green building standards, and promoting local currency bond financing through domestic investors.
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