In the 2021-22 Budget Speech by Paul Chan Mo-Po, Financial Secretary, Hong Kong S.A.R Government, green and sustainable finance development is a key initiative of the Hong Kong S.A.R Government to accelerate the carbon neutrality target by 2050. Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) is fully supportive to the initiative and will continue to work with various stakeholders to promote Hong Kong as an international green and sustainable finance centre.
Excerpt of the Budget Speech on Green and Sustainable Finance
73. Having regard to the goal of achieving carbon neutrality before 2050, we will continue to promote the development of green and sustainable finance, encourage institutions to conduct relevant investment, financing and certification activities and attract top- notch institutions and talent to Hong Kong to provide the relevant services. We will join hands with the financial sector and relevant stakeholders to take forward the strategic plan announced end last year by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross‑Agency Steering Group, thereby leveraging our role as an international financial centre to mobilise capital towards sustainable projects in the region and enhance Hong Kong’s position as a green and sustainable finance hub in the region.
74. Last month, we successfully offered the second batch of government green bonds totalling US$2.5 billion, among which the 30-year tranche is the longest-tenor bond issued by the Government and the longest-tenor USD-denominated government bond in Asia to date. We plan to issue green bonds regularly and expand the scale of the Government Green Bond Programme. We propose to double the borrowing ceiling of the Programme to $200 billion to allow for further issuance of green bonds totalling $175.5 billion within the next five years, having regard to the market situation. This will also give us more room for piloting the issuance of green bonds that involves more types of currencies, project types and issuance channels, thereby further enriching the green finance ecosystem in Hong Kong. We also plan to issue retail green bonds for the participation of the general public.
75. The Pilot Bond Grant Scheme and the Green Bond Grant Scheme rolled out by the Government previously will expire by mid- 2021. We will consolidate the two schemes into a Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme to provide subsidy for eligible bond issuers and loan borrowers to cover their expenses on bond issuance and external review services. The Scheme will last for three years and the HKMA will announce relevant details in due course.