The establishment of the Green Finance Facility in North Macedonia (the "GFF", the "Facility") of up to EUR equivalent of USD 30.4 million in favour of Participating Financial Institutions (the "PFIs") established in North Macedonia for on-lending to SMEs for investments in renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) in accordance with the GFF Policy Statement. The GFF was developed in partnership with the United Nations (UNDP), with contributions from the Joint SDG Fund and from the Government of North Macedonia.
The Facility aims to support green economy investments in eligible renewable energy and energy efficiency measures under the Bank's Green Economy Transition ("GET") Approach. The Programme builds on the momentum created to date and focuses on the competitiveness and climate resilience of SMEs in North Macedonia.
ETI score: 65
The proposed Facility will contribute to the Green TI quality as primary quality by helping address the high energy and carbon intensity of the private sector in North Macedonia by allocating 100% of the Bank's investment to the Green Economy Transition of the country. Furthermore, the Facility with its secondary TI quality Competitive, will build towards a more competitive financial sector by building the capacity of the PFIs for financing green investments, while also increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in North Macedonia by shifting towards RE and EE technologies in their operations.
Clients under the GFF will be PFIs which include commercial banks and leasing companies in North Macedonia.
EBRD Finance Summary
up to EUR equivalent of USD 30.4 million
Total Project Cost
up to EUR equivalent of USD 30.4 million
The Facility provides an innovative financing structure with longer tenor than the market average. It will support knowledge transfer and capacity building in addition to being a standard-setter for PFIs and SMEs by utilising EBRD expertise on higher financial standards and through high quality investment requirements in the realm of RE and EE investments. The GFF is the first FI Facility in North Macedonia that will focus significantly on renewable energy investments.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019): PFIs under this Framework that are existing clients to the Bank will be required to continue to comply with EBRD Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; implement the applicable EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro loans including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019, and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. Any PFIs utilising this Facility and are new to the EBRD will need to complete the standard Environmental and Social Due Diligence Questionnaire for Financial Intermediaries, and agree any required actions to ensure compline with PRs 2,4 and 9, prior to utilisation of Bank funds. All PFIs financed under this Framework will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.
The Project's use of proceeds or allocated multiple may include solar sub-projects. Such sub-projects will be managed in line with 'The Proposed Management Approach for Solar Supply Chain Risk Management' (CS/FO/21-35) and any subsequent guidance developed under that approach.
All Sub-projects will be 100% GET. The GET eligibility under GET Handbook 2022 will be specified in the Technical Eligibility Criteria for Green Economy Transition (GET) Sub-Projects Annex of the Policy Statement.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The Facility will be supported by a donor-funded Technical Cooperation package EUR equivalent of USD 1.6 million funded by the Joint SDG Fund via the United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP") with the objective to transfer know-how, and raise awareness of EE and/or RE investments for local SMEs to support the green and inclusive economy transition of the private sector in North Macedonia, implemented by the Project Consultant. The package also includes a grant component in the form of investment incentives of up to EUR equivalent of USD 3.0 million funded by the SDG Fund (via UNDP) and the government of North Macedonia.
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09 May 2023
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