Singapore and China Establish Green Finance Taskforce to Strengthen Collaboration in Green and Transition Finance
Singapore, 21 April 2023… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the People’s Bank of China (PBC) today announced the establishment of the China-Singapore Green Finance Taskforce (GFTF). The GFTF will deepen bilateral cooperation in green and transition finance between Singapore and China and facilitate greater public-private sector collaboration to better meet Asia’s needs as it transitions to a low carbon future.
2. At the inaugural meeting hosted in Chongqing today, the GFTF discussed joint initiatives aimed at scaling up green and transition financing flows between Singapore, China and the region. The GFTF will establish three initial workstreams to focus on the following priority areas:
- Taxonomies and Definitions: MAS and PBC will work together under the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF) to achieve interoperability between the Singapore and China taxonomies, and will collaborate subsequently to enhance the use of the IPSF’s Common Ground Taxonomy
The IPSF’s Common Ground Taxonomy, first published in November 2021 and updated in June 2022, provides an in-depth comparison that puts forward areas of commonality and differences between the EU and China’s green taxonomies., as well as deepen understanding of transition activities defined by China and Singapore.
- Products and Instruments: Singapore Exchange and China International Capital Corporation will establish a workstream to strengthen sustainability bond market connectivity between China and Singapore, including the issuances of and mutual access to green and transition bond products in China and Singapore.
- Technology: Metaverse Green Exchange and Beijing Green Exchange will establish a workstream that leverages technology to facilitate sustainable finance adoption, including piloting of digital green bonds with carbon credits.
3. The GFTF is co-chaired by MAS’ Assistant Managing Director (Development and International) and Chief Sustainability Officer, Ms Gillian Tan, and Chair of the China Green Finance Committee, Dr Ma Jun. Members
4. Ms Tan said at the meeting, “We are pleased to deepen our collaboration in green and transition finance with the establishment of the GFTF. The GFTF provides a platform for knowledge exchange and will galvanise collaboration between public-private participants from China and Singapore on concrete initiatives that will catalyse capital flows to support a credible and inclusive transition to a low carbon future for our countries and the region.”
MAS announced the launch of the Transition Credits Coalition (TRACTION) and two pilot projects to test the use of high-integrity transition credits in transactions for the early retirement of coal-fired power plants.
MAS launched the Singapore-Asia Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance (Singapore-Asia Taxonomy) – which sets out detailed thresholds and criteria for defining green and transition activities that contribute to climate change mitigation across eight focus sectors.
MAS has launched Gprnt, an integrated digital platform that harnesses technology to simplify how the financial sector and real economy collect, access and act upon environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to support their sustainability initiatives.