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How green are ‘green bonds’?

How green are ‘green bonds’?

The August announcement by Tianjin SDIC Jinneng Electric Power Co Ltd that it had issued green bonds worth RMB1 billion ($150 million) to finance a 2,000 megawatt coal‐fired power plant neatly encapsulates the conundrum of green bonds.

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