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1. What are green bonds?

A green bond is like any other regular bond but with one key difference: the money raised by the issuer are earmarked to wards financing `green' projects, i.e. assets or business activities that are environment-friendly . Such projects could be in the areas of renewable energy , clean transporta tion and sustainable wa ter management.

2. What are its benefits?

Green bonds enhances an issuer's reputation, as it helps in showcasing their commitment to wards sustainable development. It also provides issuers access to specific set of global investors who invest only in green ventures. With an in creasing focus of foreign investors towards green investments, it could also help in reducing the cost of capital.

3. When did the concept start?

In 2007, green bonds were launched by few development banks such as the European Investment Bank and the World Bank.Subsequently , in 2013, corporates too started participating, which led to its overall growth. Back home, Yes Bank was the first bank to come out with a issue worth `1,000 crore in 2015.Following this, few other banks too had green bond issuances. CLP India, was the first Indian company to tap this route. So far, `7,200 crore has been raised via green bonds.

4. Has Sebi mandated additional rules on such issues?

For designating an issue of a cor porate bond as green bond, an is sue apart from complying with the issue and listing of debt securities regulations, would have to disclose additional information in the offer document such as use of proceeds.

5. What are the avenues where these funds can be invested?

Sebi's indicative list includes re newable and sustainable energy such as wind and solar, clean transportation, sustainable water management, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency , sustainable waste management and land use and biodiversity conservation.

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