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Green Finance Certification Scheme

Enhancing Credibility and Stakeholder Confidence in Green Finance

Green Finance is a strategic tool for promoting the economic development and regional cooperation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and along the Belt and Road. In keeping with the development of the national Green Finance policy and being supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government, HKQAA has taken the lead to develop the Green Finance Certification Scheme to provide third-party conformity assessments for Green Finance issuers since 2016.

This scheme aims at helping the financial sector to explore new commercial and business opportunities in the Green Finance market, promoting a common understanding of Green Finance, and fostering environmentally-friendly investments in Hong Kong, the Mainland and worldwide. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the development of green finance and green industry, thereby paving the way to a greener and more sustainable future.


Reference to International Standards

HKQAA has developed the Scheme with reference to a number of widely recognised international and national standards on Green Finance, including:

  • Clean Development Mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;
  • Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Market Association;
  • The People's Bank of China Announcement No. 39 and its Annex - Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue; and
  • ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility, among others.


Benefits of Certification

  • Enhance the credibility and stakeholder confidence on green financial instruments via independent, impartial third-party conformity assessments; 
  • Reach out to potential Green Finance investors with the aid of the Green Finance Certificate and Certification Mark;
  • Demonstrate issuers' effort in promoting environmentally-friendly investment; and
  • Promote common understanding of green finance.


Types of Certification

  • Pre-issuance Stage Certificate - an as-at certificate that requires validation of the adequacy of the Environmental Method Statement in producing positive environmental effects
  • Post-issuance Stage Certificate - requires verification of the continuous implementation and effectiveness of the Environmental Method Statement regarding the proposed positive environmental effects


List of Certification

Please click here for the list of certification of the Scheme. 


For more details, you may refer to the Green Finance Certification Scheme leaflet.


The Handbook and Terms and Conditions of the Green Finance Certification Scheme





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