Johannesburg – South Africa’s first ever institutional Green Bond has been launched. The R5bn bond will be used to fund the growth of green and energy efficient industries.
Issued by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa‚ Nedbank‚ in line with its ongoing commitment to sustainability‚ is the lead arranger and manager of the Green Bond.
Nedbank Capital heads a consortium including Basis Points Capital which led the arranging and managing of the IDC’s multiple drawdown R5bn Green Bond that will have a lifespan of 14 years; with the initial drawdown being R500m.
Importantly‚ the Green Bond is being issued in response to the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) and Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 (IPAP2) and is linked to the IDC’s proactive role in industrial development through the establishment of its own Green Industries Strategic Business Unit.
The NGP is targeting 300 000 direct jobs by 2020 from the green economy‚ 80 000 of them in manufacturing and the rest in the construction‚ operation and maintenance of environmentally friendly infrastructure.
It is expected that additional jobs will also be created by expanding existing public employment schemes to protect the environment as well as through the production of bio-fuels.
Nedbank Capital‚ in its mandate as the as joint lead arranger‚ ensured that the Green Bond matches the green objectives of the IDC with those of specific investor mandates enabling the IDC to gain funding from lenders so that it can execute its strategy of growing green and energy-efficient industries that benefit the environment and stimulate the economy.
Underlining its growing status as a developer of green investment products and benchmarks‚ Nedbank unveiled the country’s first Green Index and listed the BGreen Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in 2011.
More recently‚ in July 2012‚ Nedbank launched the Retail Green Savings Bond giving individual investors the opportunity to grow their savings while‚ at the same time‚ supporting South Africa’s development of renewable energy sources.