CUFE-CNI Chinese domestic Green Bond Index Series

A Chinese domestic green bond index displaying in Europe

LuxSE and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) partnered in 2017 to launch the first green bond index that synchronously displays quotes in China and Europe. The new index series tracks the performance of labelled and unlabelled Chinese green bonds used to finance environmentally-friendly projects.

The CUFE China High-level (CUFE-CNI) Green Bond Index Series was developed jointly by the Shenzhen Securities Information Co., Ltd (‘SSI’) and the International Institute of Green Finance (‘IIGF’), part of the Central University of Finance and Economics (‘CUFE’) in Beijing.

The index series is made up of three different indices that reflect the value of green bonds issued and settled in the inter-bank and stock markets in Shenzhen and Shanghai. The indices aim to provide greater transparency and facilitate access to green securities for investors in Europe.

Composition of the CUFE-CNI Index Series

The CUFE-CNI Green Bond Index Series contains the following four indices:  

Bridging the gap between China and Europe

"As the first cross-border synchronous display of Chinese green bond index series, the publication of the index series will help raise the international influence of China’s green finance, attract foreign investors to participate in the construction of China’s green financial system and promote the development of green industries in China."

Dr. Wang Yao

Dean of the International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics.

Chinese domestic green bond index series criteria

All securities on the indices are in line with the Green Bond Endorsed Project Catalogue (2015, China Society for Finance and Banking Green Finance Specialized Committee), which recognises the following six environmental sectors eligible for financing via green bonds:

  • GB1:Energy Saving;
  • GB2:Pollution Prevention & Control;
  • GB3:Resource Conservation and Recycling;
  • GB4:Clean Transport;
  • GB5:Clean Energy; and
  • GB6:Ecological Protection and Climate Change Adaption

Securities that allocate use of proceeds to at least two of the above categories are also eligible. A bond will also be treated green if at least 95% of the issuers’ revenue comes from the environmental sectors.


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The CUFE-CNI High Grade Green Bond Index, CUFE-CNI High Grade Unlabelled Green Bond Index and CUFE-CNI High Grade Labelled Green Bond Index (the “Indices”) are proprietary and privilege data of Shenzhen Stock Exchange (“SZSE”). SZSE has appointed Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd (“SSIC”) to be its index business agency. Although SSIC has made its best efforts to ensure the accuracy of the Indices and all related information (collectively the “Information”), SSIC cannot guarantee the accuracy, timeless or completeness of the Information. The Information is made available for general information purposes. It cannot be disseminated, displayed, sold or distributed, in any manner, in whole or in part, freely or against payment, without the prior written consent of SSIC. Neither SZSE nor SSIC are registered  or authorized as benchmark administrators in accordance with art. 3(6) of BMR. 

The Indices shall, in no event, be used or considered, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, as benchmarks (as defined by art. 3(3) of BMR – as defined below). You are strictly prohibited from using, allowing or facilitating the use of the Indices for the following purposes:

  • Determine the value or price at which a financial instrument may be bought, sold, traded or redeemed;
  • Determine any amount or interest payable in relation to financial contracts or instruments;
  • Measure the performance of financial instruments (e.g. investment funds); and/ or
  • Define the asset allocation of a portfolio.

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