This year’s reporting of Region Stockholm’s green bonds, the Green Bond Impact Report, is complete and it shows that the financing has allowed us to avoid emissions of 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2020. Region Stockholm was also first out to issue a Health Impact Bond with a unique financial model.
All in all, since the reporting started in 2017, the green bond projects have avoided almost 40 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, which corresponds to the emissions from over 100 000 single trips between Stockholm and Paris by airplane.
The green bonds have financed the extension of Roslagsbanan and the Metro Red line, among other projects, and investments in the healthcare sector such as the project Framtidens Södersjukhus where three new buildings have received an overall preliminary rating level Miljöbyggnad Gold. One of the new buildings at Södersjukhuset won the award “Årets Miljöbyggnad” which is Sweden’s most prestigious price for sustainable construction.
Region Stockholm issued its first green bond in 2014 and is today the largest regional and municipal issuer of green bonds in the Swedish market. Almost 60 percent of our debt portfolio consists of green financing. Being a pioneer in this field, Region Stockholm is an important player in the crucial work to resolve environmental problems for future generations.
Region Stockholm’s framework for green bonds has been awarded the highest possible rating – dark green – by the independent institute Cicero. Together with other issuers of green bonds, Region Stockholm actively promotes improved reporting on green bonds developing a joint approach that will provide investors with increasingly transparent and relevant information.
Region Stockholm is first issue a Health Impact Bond with its unique financial model that was launched in 2020. Playing a leading role in the work with green bonds, Region Stockholm also has the ambition of being forward-thinking in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social financing. Region Stockholm has therefore developed a Health Impact Bond, with a unique financial structure. Region Stockholm’s Health Impact Bond is the Winner of Environmental Finance's 2021 Bond Awards in the category Social project bond of the year.