Displaying bonds on LGX

Displaying bonds on LGX

In order to display your labelled bond on LGX, you must fulfil the four eligibility criteria described below.

However, no additional fee or specific form is required on your side: the LGX team will evaluate the bond’s eligibility based on the documents you have already provided during the listing process.

For Climate-Aligned Issuers wishing to display an unlabelled bond on LGX, the eligibility process contains differing criteria and is based on Climate Bonds Initiative’s ‘Climate-Aligned Data Set’ can be viewed in more detail in our ‘Bond classification’ section.

Eligibility criteria

  • An issuer must first list its bond on one of LuxSE's listing venues: the EU-regulated Bourse de Luxembourg (BdL) market, the exchange-regulated Euro MTF, or the Securities Official List (SOL).

  • In order to join LGX, you must either: (i) Declare your bond as green, social or sustainable, or (ii) be a recognised Climate-Aligned Issuer whose securities, while unlabelled, are considered sustainable through their positive environmental impact and so offer investors an additional range and diversity in the climate-aligned investment universe.

    Issuers of labelled securities must clearly disclose the nature of the use of proceeds in financing or refinancing of projects according to the Green Bond Principles (GBP), Climate Bonds Initiative’s eligibility taxonomy, Social Bond Principles (SBP), Sustainability Bond Guidelines (SBG), Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP), the People’s Bank of China Green Bond Catalogue, or another frameworks.

  • Issuers of labelled green, social or sustainable bonds must provide information about where the proceeds from their bond will be allocated and which framework is applied to classify their bond.

    To ensure that proceeds are independently verified, we ask that issuers provide an external review of the bond from a third-party expert before applying to join LGX.

    External reviews generally focus on the following areas:
    • Review of the bond use of proceeds framework with a conclusion about whether the framework is aligned with acceptable green, social or sustainability taxonomies, generally issued prior to bond issuance
    • Review of the actual use of proceeds as compared to the planned use of proceeds, often carried out within the first 12 months after issuance of the bond
    • Review of the alignment of the process around project selection and evaluation, allocation and management of proceeds, reporting, with internationally accepted principles such as those issued by ICMA (GBPs, SBPs, SBGs), carried out either pre- or post-bond issuance
    • Review of the controls in place within the bond management process as well as review of allocation of proceeds and impact reporting (where provided), carried out over the post-issuance period, often through to the maturity of the bond, or until full allocation of proceeds

    Reviews may take the form of a second-party opinion, verification, certification or scoring/rating.

    LGX has adopted the Guidelines for External Reviewers issued by the Executive Committee of the Green Bond Principles. The guidelines provide voluntary guidance relating to professional and ethical standards for external reviewers, as well as to the organisation, content and disclosure for their reports. The guidelines promote best practices in the provision of external review services for green, social and sustainability bonds.
    External reviewers are invited to voluntarily provide information about the different external review services they provide by completing and publishing the “External Review Service Mapping” template. The purpose of this template is to provide market participants with greater clarity on the increasingly complex universe of external reviewers and their services.

    LGX encourages external reviewers to voluntarily fill in this template in order to promote transparency and disclosure, and support market efficiency.
    The guidelines complement the Green and Social Bond Principles, the Sustainability Bond Guidelines and reference other existing relevant guidance such as the Assurance Framework for the Climate Bond StandardGuidelines for the Conduct Assessment and Certification of Green Bonds (Interim) jointly issued by the People's Bank of China and the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the draft EU Green Bond Standards published by the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, and the ASEAN Green Bond Standards.
  • To remain on LGX, issuers of labelled green, social or sustainable securities must provide information about the intended and actual use of proceeds. The aim of ongoing reporting is to inform investors about how funds are being allocated to projects and, where possible, the expected environmental, social and sustainable impacts.

    The first mandatory reporting should be supplied as from 12 months after the bond was issued or as at another date, as agreed with LuxSE. Issuers can also publish reports more frequently, on a voluntary basis. Issuers are encouraged to report on the use of proceeds and impact throughout the duration of the bond up until maturity; at a minimum, issuers shall report up until full allocation of proceeds.

    Accepted formats of ongoing reporting include:

    • Dedicated use of proceeds reports
    • ESG/Sustainability reports featuring information on the funding behind the bond
    • Newsletters (or equivalent) giving appropriate information on the use of proceeds (projects, sectors, geographies and, expected impact)
    • Impact reports

    It is at the issuer’s discretion to choose its preferred reporting format, KPIs and frequency.

    Read our FAQ for more information about ongoing reporting.

Need assistance throughout the issuance process?

If you are a sustainable bond issuer that need support in the process of structuring, listing and reporting, look no further than the LGX Assistance Services.

Our team of sustainable finance experts is available to support you throughout the issuance process, from pre- to post-issuance.