12 December 2017 – Belgium will issue its first bond for use in financing projects to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. Belgium would follow a number of countries that have sold or plan to sell “green bonds”. Poland became the first a year ago, followed by France with a 7 billion euro issue in January. Ireland, Italy and Portugal are also looking into the possibility. Belgium’s Le Soir newspaper, which published an interview with the prime minister on the subject, said that the bond sale would be principally used to finance the railways, energy-efficient renovations of public buildings and research and development projects into storing renewable energy.

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