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GSSS Bonds Prove Resilient, but will Fall Short of US$1 Trillion

Global issuance of green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bonds decreased by 13% (totalling US$215 billion) in Q3 compared to Q3 2021, but they have nonetheless proven to be more resilient than the broader market, according to Moody’s Investors Service quarterly update. While the broader market is down by 27% year-to-date, GSSS bonds are down by 17% year-to-date in comparison. Although Moody’s said it expects “the fundamental drivers of long-term growth in sustainable bonds to remain in place”, it has amended its full-year global GSSS bonds volume forecast from US$1 trillion to US$900 billion. “We expect issuance growth to resume when market conditions become favourable,” the report said.

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