The EBRD is considering financing of up to US$ 150 million in Kazakh Tenge provided to Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) for on-lending to private sector sub-borrowers to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, resource efficiency, circular economy and climate resilience investments under the Bank's Green Economic Transition ("GET") approach in Kazakhstan.
The framework (FW) builds on the successful implementation of the Kazakhstan Pilot Green Economy Finance Framework ("GEFF") and aims to further support investments in the green economy, including but not limited to energy efficiency, renewable energy, resource efficiency, circular economy and climate resilience measures. Funds may also be on-lent to vendors and producers of eligible material and equipment covered by the Green Technology Selector for Kazakhstan. The loans will be supported by Technical Cooperation ("TC"), as envisaged by the GEFF Framework.
ETI score: 70
- Transition impact: The FW will contribute to the Green TI quality through investments in green technologies that will drive Kazakhstan's transition to an environmentally sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient green economy. All of the funding allocated to PFIs under this FW will have to be used in respect of projects that qualify as 100 per cent GET.
- Sound banking: Terms and conditions of the FW go well beyond those of commercial funding in promoting GET investments and sustainable lending. Covenants for individual PFIs promote prudent banking.
It is expected that financing under this FW will be provided to up to five PFIs (existing and new ones), including banks, microfinance organisations as well as leasing companies in Kazakhstan.
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- Additionality is achieved by combining funding with TC for eligible private sector sub-borrowers in Kazakhstan, in particular women, leading to mainstreaming of green lending operations by PFIs.
- Gender SMART: Gender additionality will be achieved by reflecting gender considerations in the transactions through enhancing PFIs' standards of business conduct/training of staff and awareness raising campaigns to target both female/ male sub-borrowers for green financing. The gender SMART tag to be assessed at sub-operation level.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised: FI (ESP 2019). It is anticipated that the PFIs under this FW, which are existing clients of the Bank, will already be familiar with the EBRD's E&S requirements applicable to FIs. New PFIs under this FW will have to undergo E&S Due Diligence to allow assessment of their EHSS risk management capacity. Beneficiaries financed under this facility will be required to comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety, labour standards, and the E&S eligibility criteria for Renewable Energy projects, where applicable; as well as other GET eligibility criteria as per the GET Policy Statement. This will be confirmed to PFIs by a Facility Consultant engaged by the EBRD. All PFIs under the FW will be required to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9; adopt and implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending; and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank, including reporting on sub-projects and their GET benefits.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The FW will be complemented by donor funded TC of up to EUR 2.7m, of which the Climate Investment Fund will provide EUR 0.65 m.
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