That’s one of the highlights from our Green Bond Report, that has just been released. In the report you can find an estimated overview of the environmental impact achieved in the initiatives where our green loans are used.
The largest share of loans was provided to finance construction and acquisition of green buildings and to renewable energy projects. Nearly 45 percent of the outstanding green loans in 2021 were granted to Danish customers, 25 percent to customers in Finland, 15 percent in Sweden and the rest for Norwegian and international customers.
One of the customers that has used green loans to finance renewable energy initiatives, is Norwegian electric utility NEAS Gruppen.
The company has used green loans to refurbish the group’s hydropower facilities and the transmission grid of the Møre and Romsdal county.
NEAS Gruppen’s four hydropower plants have a combined capacity of 62.3 MW and annually produce approximately 180 GWh of electricity, enough to provide over 7.000 homes with power each year.
“Our ambition is to be the leading financial partner when it comes to helping our customers succeed in their green transition.”
Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Danske Bank.
The green transition and companies’ own climate goals have made green financing an even more attractive form of financing for Nordic companies.
“Our ambition is to be the leading financial partner when it comes to helping our customers succeed in their green transition. We expect that the demand for green loans will continue to grow, both on an overall and global level”, says Samu Slotte, Global Head of Sustainable Finance.
In January, we published a new Climate Action Plan to guide our operations towards net-zero emissions. Providing green loans to customers is a concrete way to achieve these targets. For example, new renewable energy projects decrease the reliance on fossil fuels for our power generation and oil & gas refining clients, contributing to our GHG-emissions reduction targets for these sectors.
“The Green Bond Report gives a testimonial of our work towards net-zero emissions and the targets set in our Climate Action Plan”, Samu Slotte concludes.
A green loan finances or re-finances loans or investments for projects that are earmarked for specific green projects and are in accordance with the categories of Danske Bank's Green Finance Framework.
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Green Finance Framework
The transition to a low-carbon, resilient and environmentally sustainable economy requires vast amounts of capital.
Danske Bank’s Green Finance Framework establishes the process and criteria we use to support the mobilisation of debt capital to sustainable and environmentally beneficial purposes.
Climate Action Plan
Our Climate Action Plan sets CO2 reduction targets for the entire Danske Bank Group across our businesses and is an important step in our efforts to meet the net-zero goals in Paris Agreement.
Our targets are based on the latest scientific research and developed in accordance with the leading global climate partnership Science Based Target Initiative.
Our annual Green Bond Report provides an overview of our green lending developments and allocation of funds, including the estimated positive environmental impact achieved by the use of proceeds from these issuances.