14th December 2017

Barclays announces ‘game-changing’ green finance products

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Barclays Corporate Banking has announced the launch of a suite of green finance products designed to help its clients fund more sustainable projects in the UK and around the world.

By providing access to specific products aimed at encouraging investment in sustainable activity, the bank said clients would be able to accelerate their investment in green initiatives and support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The range of tailored products includes:

  • Green Loans, targeting larger clients who need loans of more than £3m across the UK
  • International Green Loans, helping international clients invest in green projects around the world
  • Green Asset Finance, allowing clients to access more flexible ways of financing assets that support green initiatives
  • Green Innovation Finance, backed by the European Investment Fund, aimed at providing funding for SME clients
  • Green Deposits, allowing Barclays’ largest clients to earmark funds they deposit against Barclays’ investments in Green Bonds

Rhian-Mari Thomas, chairwoman of Barclays Green Banking Council, said: “Barclays, like so many of our clients, recognises that addressing environmental challenges is not only a necessity but a compelling economic opportunity. We already have an established presence in the green bond market as a successful lead arranger, investor and now issuer so we are delighted to be able to build on our expertise by launching new, innovative green products to help meet the booming demand for green finance from a broader cross-section of our clients. We’re excited to be at the forefront of something so game-changing.”

Barclays worked with Sustainalytics, a global provider of environmental, social and corporate governance research and ratings to develop a Green Product Framework. The bank will use the framework to identify appropriate projects that qualify for support through one of the new products.

Karl Nolson, head of Global Lending Group at Barclays Corporate Banking, said: “We’re seeing a step-change in how businesses approach sustainable green finance investment. For too long, green projects have been viewed as an added extra, but what we’re increasingly hearing from our clients is a shift in mindset, with sustainability becoming more central to their overall investment strategy.

“We share that view at Barclays and know that unless sustainability is at the heart of how companies conduct their operations, they will fall behind. As always, we want to help our clients stay ahead in an evolving world, which is why we’re proud to be the first major UK bank to devise a range of products targeted exclusively at funding green Corporate Banking investment activity, that will help promote growth now and contribute towards a better, greener, future for all.”