In keeping with the reporting commitments taken when the OAT 1.75% 25 June 2039 was launched, Agence France Trésor has published the first allocation and output report on the expenditure matched to the issuances of the Green OAT in 2017.
This report presents all of the expenditure matched to Green OAT issuances in 2017, along with the related performance indicators.
The Chief Executive of Agence France Trésor, Anthony Requin, took this occasion to state that “the reporting commitments made a decisive contribution to the success of the operation and to its recognition as a benchmark for a sovereign issuer in the world of green finance. This report is an important part of keeping those commitments.”
On 24 January 2017, Agence France Trésor launched its first sovereign green bond, the Green OAT, with a maturity of 22 years. The Green OAT 1.75% 25 June 2039 issuance amount was €7bn, making it the largest and longest-dated green benchmark bond ever issued. By becoming the first country in the world to issue a sovereign green benchmark bond, France confirmed its role as a driving force for the implementation of the goals of the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
As is its practice for other OATs, France tapped the Green OAT in June and December 2017, and again in April 2018. The outstanding amount now stands at €10.8bn. France intends to tap the Green OAT in response to market demand and up to the amount of Eligible Green Expenditure, which stands at €8bn in 2018.
When the Green OAT was first issued in January 2017, the French government also made other reporting commitments, in addition to the expenditure allocation and performance report published today. The government will also report on the ex post environmental impact of green expenditure matched to green bond issuances. The “Green OAT Evaluation Council”, made up of high-level international independent experts, was inaugurated on 11 December 2017. Its task is to evaluate the environmental impact of the Eligible Green Expenditure. The Council’s next meeting will be held in July 2018 and its first impact assessment report will be published before the end of 2018.
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