Adds details from paragraph 3 on carbon emission target, retiring coal-fired power plants and corporate sector green bonds
By Enrico Dela Cruz
MANILA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has sought European investors’ support for an inaugural government green bonds offering worth at least $500 million, to raise funds for clean energy projects, his department said on Friday.
Dominguez in a news release said the sale of these debt securities, known as environmental, social and governance (ESG) sovereign bonds, will be done “in the coming weeks”.
The Southeast Asian country aims for a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under its commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a more ambitious goal than its a previous target of a 70% cut set a few years ago. nL4N2M920V
To help achieve the target, it plans to retire its coal-fired power plants and seek more investments in renewable energy.
Dominguez said the Philippines was determined to move ahead with its emission reduction goal, but pointed out that financial support from wealthier countries was necessary.
On Thursday, he said the government was in talks with various banks on the appropriate structure for the green bond offer, and was “looking at a window of opportunity in different currency markets”. nL1N2US0L0
He did not name the banks, but fixed income news provider IFR reported on Wednesday that the government had tapped Bank of China 601988.SS, Citigroup, Credit Suisse CSGN.S, Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE, Goldman Sachs GS.N, Mizuho Bank, Morgan Stanley MS.N, Standard Chartered STAN.L and UBS UBSG.S for a potential $1 billion to $2 billion bond offering in the ESG format. nIfp7WQtgn
With its maiden offer, the government follows the footsteps of Philippine companies that had tapped the green bond markets in recent years, including BDO Unibank Inc BDO.PS and Ayala Corp’s AC.PS power unit, AC Energy Corp ACEN.PS.
(Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty)