The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, is pouring US$250 million into the Bank of the Philippine Island’s (BPI) green bond, which aims to finance renewable energy and electric vehicle projects in the Philippines.
In the biggest deal the IFC has done with a financial institution in the Philippines yet, the bond will support the country’s aim to increase the share of renewables from the current 21 per cent to 35 per cent by 2030 and 50 per cent by 2040.
BPI’s green bond, its third issuance since 2018, is slated to raise money for projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, electric vehicles and climate-smart agriculture projects, the global development institution said in a statement on Thursday (10 August).
IFC is the sole subscriber of the bond, which will be aligned with the International Capital Market Association’s Green Bond Principles.
As much as three quarters of the population of the Philippines is vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards, which are projected to result in economic damages worth of up to 7.6 per cent of gross domestic product by 2030, based on latest data from the World Bank.
BPI, the country’s third largest bank in terms of assets, has renewables accounting for 51 per cent of its power generation loan portfolio as of 2022, with 32 per cent devoted to coal. The remainder is mostly for gas-fired projects.
BPI president Teodoro Limcaoco previously said that the country cannot do without fossil fuels just yet, citing how “our clean energy transition might be slow but we will get there” and how a transition to renewables “cannot be overnight.”
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