UK Leadership in Green Finance needs credible Green Investment Bank

UKSIF21st March 2011

In advance of Wednesday’s budget, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called for a clear government commitment in the budget that the planned UK Green Investment Bank will have the power to issue bonds as soon as it is fully operational and will aim to ramp up to large scale bond issuance within the next three years.

Commenting on press rumours that the decision on whether the bank can borrow may be delayed, Penny Shepherd MBE, UKSIF chief executive, said:

“Today, the UK is widely recognised as a global leader in green financial services. There is a real risk that our international competitiveness in this growing market will be seriously damaged if we are not seen to recognise the urgency of financing our own low carbon transition. The Green Investment Bank must have a clear and rapid timetable for large-scale bond issuance both to support the UK’s continued leadership in this important sector of financial services and to enable the broader UK economy to benefit from green growth.”

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