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Green and Sustainable Finance Assessment and Verification Service

Responsible investment and Green Finance have been growing rapidly in the global market. To cope with the trends, HKQAA offers a range of Green and Sustainable finance assessment and verification services to suit different needs of issuers, borrowers and financial institutions. 
 
Services: 
 
Service name
Criteria
Deliverable
Use of proceeds instrument
1. Greenness assessment for green loan
Alignment with APLMA, LMA, LSTA Green Loan Principles
Assessment Conclusion
2. Second-party Opinion on Green/ Sustainable Finance Framework    
Alignment with Green/ Social Loan/ Bond Principles; or Sustainability Bond Guidelines
Second-party Opinion Report
3. Green/ Sustainable Finance Report Verification    
The issuer’s Green/ Sustainable Finance Framework
Verification Report and Verification Statement
General Corporate Purposes Instrument
4. Sustainability-linked Loan (SLL) Assessment
Alignment with APLMA, LMA, LSTA Sustainability-linked Loan Principles    
Assessment Conclusion
5. Second-party Opinion on Sustainability-linked Loan (SLL)/ Sustainability-linked Bond (SLB) Framework    
Alignment with APLMA, LMA, LSTA Sustainability-linked Loan Principles or ICMA Sustainability-linked Bond Principles
Second-party Opinion Report
6. SLL/ SLB Report Verification    
The definitions of KPI specified in the legal documentation or Framework
Verification Report and Verification Statement
 
Benefits: 
  • Demonstrate issuers or borrowers' effort in improving and promoting sustainability environments; 
  • Enhance the transparency and stakeholder confidence on the green or sustainable debt instrument via independent, impartial third-party conformity assessments; 
  • The use of debt for improving the sustainability profile of the issuers or borrowers may result in secondary financial benefits such as lower operating costs; 
  • Enable companies better communicate their sustainability strategy to relevant stakeholders.
 

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Last Update: 2022-12-09   Disclaimer and Copyright
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