SEBI notifies Issue and Listing of Non Convertible Securities (Amendment) Regulations, 2023

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has notified Issue and Listing of NonConvertible Securities (Amendment) Regulations, 2023.

SEBI strengthened the framework for green bonds by introducing the concept of blue and yellow bonds as new modes of sustainable finance. It has notified the inclusion of specific subcategories (blue and yellow bonds) within the definition of green debt security. Blue bonds comprise of funds raised for sustainable water management including clean water  and  water  recycling,  and  sustainable  maritime  sector  including  sustainable  shipping, sustainable fishing, fully traceable sustainable seafood, ocean energy and ocean mapping. Yellow bonds comprise  of  funds raised for solar energy generation and the associated upstream and downstream industries. The regulatory framework defines green debt securities as debt securities issued for raising funds that are to be utilised for projects or assets falling under certain categories.