Global IME Bank receives first loan from Global Climate Partnership Fund to finance energy efficiency projects in Nepal

Oct 11, 2023 12:36 PM Merolagani

Global IME Bank (GBIME) and the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) signed a USD 25M loan agreement to promote climate positive lending in Nepal.

Issuing a press statement, the bank informs that this marks the first climate-related funding provided by GCPF to Nepal. The funds are earmarked for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the country. The infusion of these funds will fortify the bank’s portfolio and solidify its commitment to climate change mitigation.

GCPF operates as a blended partnership model, using public funding to catalyze private sector investment model and growth in developing markets.

Commenting on the development, Ratna Raj Bajracharya, CEO of Global IME Bank stated "This Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) facility will play a crucial role in financing energy efficiency projects and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Nepal. We take pride in being a responsible bank in our country and are committed to supporting energy projects in collaboration with GCPF to fulfill our strategic climate management objectives."

“We are happy to expand our presence to Nepal, a country highly vulnerable to climate change, by partnering with a committed and like-minded financial institution like Global IME Bank. We look forward to supporting the bank in its climate financing journey through our in-house team of Climate Advisory Specialists and the fund’s Technical Assistance Facility” says Mr. David Diaz Formidoni, Head of FI Investments and Climate Finance.

The Global Climate Partnership Fund is a Luxembourg-based fund. The Fund is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to mitigating climate change through a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in emerging and developing markets. It focuses on financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, through local financial institutions or directly. Only projects that generate significant energy savings and pledge to reduce projected greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% are eligible for funding.

GCPF was established by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), KfW Entwicklungsbank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2009 as a public-private partnership. Junior catalytic capital is provided by BMWK, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DZNEZ)of the UK, Denmark’s development cooperation (Danida).

Other private and public investors include ASN Bank, Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe, FMO, OeEB, Sparkasse Bremen, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Heilsarmee.

 

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