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Banking giant Mizuho issues Japan’s largest-ever EUR-pegged €800 million green bond

Banking giant Mizuho issues Japan's largest-ever EUR-pegged €800 million green bond

Tokyo-based banking and financial services company Mizuho Financial Group announced on September 5 the issuance of an €800 million (~$794.7 million) green bond that is aimed at financing green projects and helping the bank reach its sustainable finance goals. Notably, this new bond represents Japan’s biggest Euro-denominated green bond to date. 

The maturity date for this bond is set for September 5, 2027, offering an interest rate of 3.490%. In the press release, the firm outlined its environmental policy, which aims at limiting the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C, looking to reach Net Zero by 2050. 

“We have promoted our sustainability initiatives as an integral part of our group strategy. Based on our awareness that climate change is one of the most crucial global issues having the potential to impact the stability of financial markets, we have positioned addressing environmental issues and climate change as a key part of our corporate strategy.”

Transition process

In an attempt to expand its positive impacts on the environment, Mizuho is looking to push through ¥12 trillion (~$85.3 billion) from 2019 to 2030 that will promote its initiatives. Moreover, this new €800 million green bond represents just a piece of environmental finance Mizuho will deploy.  

Further, the green bond is based on a green bond framework formulated in line with the International Capital Market Association’s Green Bond Principles 2018 and the Japan Ministry of the Environment’s Green Bond Guidelines 2020. A third-party certification organization, Sustainanalytics, reviewed the bond. 

Mizuho Bank, Ltd. will be given the proceeds from the bonds, which will then be used to finance environmentally friendly projects, like, for example, renewable energy projects. Overall, Mizuho is focusing on sustainable investments, including climate change responses and a transition to a low-carbon society. 

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