EBRD invested EUR 66.7 million as part of an inaugural EUR 600 million green bond issuance of VGP NV (the "issuer"), a pan-European developer and owner of industrial real estate assets. The bond has a maturity of 8 years and is listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (EuroMTF).
The proceeds from the Bank's investment will be used by the issuer to fund the development of sustainable industrial parks in Romania, Slovak Republic, Hungary and Latvia.
ETI score: 66
The transition impact is expected to come from: (i) the "Green" quality as all the buildings funded by EBRD proceeds will receive the internationally-recognised building certification BREEAM (at least "Very Good" level) and VGP will implement a highly impactful and comprehensive decarbonisation strategy; and (ii) the "Inclusive" quality as VGP will enhance access to skills and employment for youth through the development of a corporate-level training programme.
VGP NV develops, owns, operates and manages high-end logistic facilities in 12 European countries, mainly through three 50/50 joint venture vehicles with Allianz Group. The company is incorporated in Belgium and listed on Euronext Brussels and the main market of the Prague Stock Exchange.
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The Bank is additional in the project as it contributes to improving the company's standards both in the area of economic inclusion and sustainability.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B in line with the EBRD's 2019 Environmental and Social Policy (ESP). The development of sustainable industrial parks in Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia may be related to environmental and social impacts, but these are likely to be site specific and can be managed through adherence to relevant planning process and application of good practice during construction and operation. The Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) was undertaken by EBRD's Environment & Sustainability Department (ESD) in line with the COVID-19 approach and consisted of a review of the E&S corporate questionnaire and some follow-up engagement with the Company's Management. Due to the corporate bond issuance, the ESDD was focused on the Company's ESS capacity and management systems, it did not include however a review of individual sites planned for development under the bond issuance.
The ESDD concluded that the Company has adequate environmental, health and safety (H&S) standards and labour capacity with specialists assigned at country and HQ level. It is the Company's policy to acquire private land for investments with relevant planning permits in place and the planning process is verified by in-house or external legal counsel. The Company is committed to achieving BREEAM Very Good at design and construction phase in all their assets (since January 2020). The Company works with repeated reputable design and construction companies, which are obliged to hold ISO 14001, ISO 40000 and ISO9001 certification, following VPG Code of Conduct and H&S management systems requirements. Contractors' performance is being reviewed against BREEAM construction requirements and corporate H&S standards. Each county office has an internal team of engineers and EHS professionals who perform regular (weekly) inspections at each active construction site. The Company engages third party experts to, among other technical checks, verify design and project implementation against national and international fire safety standards. The Company publishes an annual Corporate Sustainability Report and benchmarks its E7S performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through close operation with NABU (largest German environmental NGO), the Company is involved in many biodiversity conservation initiatives committing 1-2% of its annual profits. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been proposed and signed to cover grievance mechanism for contractors (including at construction sites) and local communities. The Bank will monitor the project through review of Annual E&S reports.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC support for this operation will be provided by the Green Innovation Programme for EU countries under the Horizon 2020 Facility, with significant contribution by the Company.
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+32 (0) 3 289 14 33
Uitbreidingstraat 72 B-2600 Antwerp (Berchem) Belgium
PSD last updated
15 Apr 2021
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