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EIB to invest EUR 150m in Catalytic Green Finance Facility in ASEAN countries

ACGF will develop a project pipeline and provide project financial structuring support, both key to attracting private sector investments.


EIB to invest EUR 150m in Catalytic Green Finance Facility in ASEAN countries
The investment from the EU Bank will also support ASEAN to meet its own climate action goals and attract much needed private funding for its green infrastructure projects in sectors like energy, transport, water, and urban development. Image Credit: ANI

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest EUR 150m in the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations` (ASEAN) to accelerate the development of green infrastructure projects and crowd-in much needed private investments in the sector. With the investment, the EU`s Climate Bank continues to support the development of transport, energy and water schemes in South East Asia.

In line with its role as the EU`s Climate bank and its focus on climate action in Asia, the EIB support for ACGF will also improve environmental sustainability and climate resilience of ASEAN member countries, jointly the seventh-largest economy in the world, and advance global climate action.

Luca Lazzaroli, Director General of the EIB, said: "The EIB is ready to support ASEAN attract funding for green infrastructure as it is a true win-win partnership for South East Asia, the European Union, and the whole world. Our cooperation will benefit the people and economies of the ASEAN, support local communities by making them more climate-resilient and aid the global effort to combat climate change. Partnerships like this one with ASEAN are the only way to ensure the success of the global climate action and preserve our planet for future generations."

The investment from the EU Bank will also support ASEAN to meet its own climate action goals and attract much needed private funding for its green infrastructure projects in sectors like energy, transport, water, and urban development.

Mobilizing private-sector support for green investment

Currently, ASEAN countries attract only 40 out of $200bn required each year for green infrastructure finances, with only 25% of financing from the private sector, mostly as commercial loans. The ACGF will mobilize and catalyze private finances through instruments such as green bonds, and development of commercially bankable projects with attractive risk-return profiles in order to accelerate the development of green infrastructure in ASEAN.

With support from the EIB, ACGF will address these issues to reduce high up-front costs of green infrastructure and introduce new technologies, as well as create long-term financial options for green project developers and address exchange rate volatility that hinders foreign investments in the sector.

ACGF will develop a project pipeline and provide project financial structuring support, both key to attracting private sector investments. It will promote innovative finance approaches, create bankable financial models, and respond to the need for climate-responsive projects in ASEAN countries.

To support the sustainable development of South East Asia, the EIB supported ACGF to develop a definition of green investment criteria and currently explores expanding the cooperation to include cooperation on EIB`s Clean Oceans` Initiative, in areas such as coastal protection, plastic reduction, and waste management.

Other contributions to EUR 1.2 billion strong ACGF include Asian Development Bank, Agence Française de Développement, German development bank KfW and the Government of South Korea.

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