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IFC supports climate finance in Romania and Serbia to drive sustainable growth

IFC invested €42.5 million in a €500 million green bond issued by CTP N.V. (CTP), a sustainable European industrial and logistics property owner-developer, a press release issued by the financial institution informs. The green bond was issued under CTP’s €4 billion Euro Medium Term Note program and listed on the Euronext stock exchange in Dublin to fund green assets that promote a low-carbon and climate-resilient growth model.

Developing commercial and business-enabling infrastructure that is energy-efficient is key to addressing climate change challenges. In response, CTP will use the proceeds from IFC’s investment to develop sustainable, green-certified industrial and logistics properties in Romania and Serbia.

Apart from backing CTP’s high environmental standards for commercial properties in Romania and Serbia, IFC will also help CTP improve corporate governance and optimize its sustainability policy including a commitment to become carbon neutral in operations over the full year 2021.

“CTP welcomes IFC as committed investor in our green bonds. Both Romania and Serbia are important markets to CTP. Our goal to grow CTP’s leading market position, whilst being the most sustainable industrial and logistics property developer in these markets, is fully aligned with IFC’s own development goals. It is an excellent win-win for both institutions,” said Jan-Evert Post, Head of Funding & Investor Relations at CTP NV. “CTP will continue to be a frontrunner in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in the European logistics and light industrial property sector. We regard IFC’s support as a solid vote of confidence in our endeavors to become a carbon neutral company, leading on ESG related matters.”

Romania serves as a significant gateway for goods between Eastern Europe and the rest of the European Union. The country is an important logistics center for Bulgaria and Moldova due to short distances and low transport costs. Serbia, on the other hand, has significant potential for development as an industrial and logistics hub due to its geographical location, transportation networks, and competitive labor costs along with an educated, multilingual, and tech-literate workforce.

“Countries in Central and Southeast Europe are well placed to attract fresh private manufacturing investment, and global value chains increasingly require access to green industrial buildings and climate-smart logistics,” said Ary Naïm, IFC’s Regional Manager for Central and Southeast Europe. “With this operation we aim to signal our support for best-practices in sustainability, and to the green bond market as a key tool to finance a green recovery.”

IFC’s committed own account investment portfolio in Central and Southeast Europe, as of the end of June 2021, stood at US$ 2.474 billion. IFC’s investments are spread out across key sectors of the countries` economies focusing on the strengthening and diversification of financial institutions, infrastructure, commercial property and retail sectors, and the development of private equity and venture capital funds.

 

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