Amundi, the French asset manager, has introduced the Amundi Euro Government Tilted Green Bond UCITS ETF, designed to prioritize investments in European sovereign green bonds. This €503 million ($550 million) ETF, which was converted from the Amundi Government Bond Euro Broad Investment Grade UCITS ETF, will allocate at least 30% of its assets to European sovereign green bonds. It will track the newly launched Bloomberg Euro Treasury Green Bond Tilted Index.
The launch of this ETF provides investors with an opportunity to align their core Euro government bond portfolios with sustainable investment strategies. The decision to launch this ETF follows the significant growth in sovereign green bond issuance, with a total of $335 billion raised through such bonds to date. Notably, sovereign green bond issuances reached a record $90 billion in 2021 and $80 billion in 2022. In 2023 alone, $74 billion has already been raised through sovereign green bonds, more than doubling the amount raised during the same period in both 2021 and 2022, which stood at $37 billion.
Overall, the introduction of the Amundi Euro Government Tilted Green Bond UCITS ETF demonstrates the increasing demand for sustainable investment options in the fixed-income market and reflects the rising prominence of sovereign green bonds as a means to finance environmental initiatives.