ASE Group has issued Asia's first corporate Green Bond through its subsidiary Anstock II Limited, a US$300 million three-year senior offering, to demonstrate its commitment on transition to low-carbon and climate resilient growth.
In 2015, ASE's Green Bond was awarded Country Deals of the Year 2014 by Asiamoney. In 2016, ASE was further certified as First Emerging Market Corporate Green Bond and First Green Bond in Taiwan by Climate Bonds Initiative (“CBI”).
Green Bond is a debt instrument issued under the Green Bond Principles, which are voluntary process guidelines developed by issuers, investors, and environmental groups to recommend transparency and disclosure and promote integrity in the development of the Green Bond, and with defined guidelines on Use of Proceeds, Process for Project Evaluation and Selection, Management of Proceeds, and Reporting. The Green Bond Principles published in January, 2014.
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The Green Bond framework was reviewed by the independent, non-for-profit research institute, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo ("CICERO").
As of December 2017, the total proceeds of US$300 million from the Green Bond were used to finance eligible environmental protection projects which encompass Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency Enhancement Projects and Water Recycling Projects: ASE has created Asia's largest green facilities and water recycling plant with the largest recycling usage in Taiwan. ASE has obtained 21 Green Building certifications for 18 facilities, reducing 157,000 tCO2e; accumulated water recycled has reached 5.46 million metric tons. In the future, we will continue to assess and plan related green investment projects, hoping to promote the use of green financial instruments by enterprises in Taiwan, and further lead the industry towards a low-carbon sustainable development.