Beijing, December 9, 2013—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has won the best investment project award
for its China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency Finance Program, which has
generated loans worth $783 million through its partner banks and cut more
than 18 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions a year.
The Environment, Ethical and Social Global Investment Awards, organized
by Investment Week, a U.K. weekly magazine, were given out on November
26 in London to give recognition to companies that display high environmental,
ethical and corporate governance standards, and engage in social-impact
investing. IFC’s China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency Finance Program,
or CHUEE, stood out in a hotly contested category to win the coveted award.
“The best investment project award recognizes the importance of finance
in achieving sustainable projects on a global scale,” said Deborah Benn,
chair of the awards’ judging panel. “Congratulations go to IFC’s CHUEE
program, which the judges felt provided an excellent sustainable-energy-financing
model to help mitigate climate change in one of the fastest-growing economies
in the world."
The awards, now in their fifth year, were delivered as part of the Environmental,
Ethical and Social Global Investment Conference 2013, where experts assessed
the key trends occurring in these sectors with the aim of promoting a greater
understanding of environmental, ethical and social investments.
“The private sector must be front and center in efforts to fight climate
change. In China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, our
program has played a catalytic role in harnessing the private sector to
increase investments in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects,”
said William Beloe, IFC’s senior operations officer for the CHUEE program.
“We are proud of the work IFC has undertaken in China over the last seven
years and this award pays tribute to those efforts.”
Banks participating in IFC’s CHUEE program have provided loans to 178
energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects. The latest phase of the
program, targeted at small and medium enterprises, is expected to help
finance energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects of around 175 companies
in China. In addition to providing risk-sharing facilities, the program
offers expert advice to ensure that lending to climate-friendly projects
is profitable for businesses.
Established in 2006, the CHUEE program is endorsed by China’s Ministry
of Finance and co-funded by the Global Environment Facility, the Ministry
of Employment and Economy of Finland, and the Norwegian Agency for Development
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