These investments from both public and private sources would be critical to the region’s economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.
Green Finance Strategies for Post-covid-19 Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia, which was launched today on the sidelines of the 7th Annual OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment, explores innovative, environmentally sustainable, and climate-resilient financing instruments, such as green and transitions bonds for covid-19 recovery, blue credits for oceans financing, and green securitization, while also providing examples of ADB-supported green initiatives.
“A green recovery for Southeast Asia is needed to encourage long-term, sustainable job creation in a region with more than 650 million people,” said ADB Vice-President Ahmed M. Saeed in a press release on Wednesday.
“It will boost equitable growth, protect the environment, and help governments meet the Paris climate agreement targets. This timely book shows how green finance can spur growth in the region and overcome the challenges of climate change and a global pandemi," he added.
Green finance refers to all financing instruments, investments, and mechanisms that contribute to climate and environmental sustainability goals.
It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost climate resilience, and improve environmental protection, such as air and water quality, ecosystems, and biodiversity.
The book recommends that governments use green finance catalytic approaches to build upon national green targets and programs and steer away from fossil fuel or carbon-intensive investments.
While some countries have embarked on green projects and bonds, much more needs to be done to help Southeast Asia’s economies meet their large financing needs and accelerate economic recoveries in a sustainable manner.
ADB has supported innovative financing mechanisms for green infrastructure, including thematic bonds, national green finance vehicles, green projects, and other initiatives.
The ADB-administered Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) aims to spur more than $1.4 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia.
In recent years, rising investor interest in green financing in developing Asia has been reflected in the growth of green, sustainability, and social bonds.