EBRD continues to expand green financing in Turkiye

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €25 million loan to QNB Finans Leasing to support sustainable investments in Turkiye.

The funds will expand QNB’s lending to private-sector small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for green investments, providing lease financing to companies implementing green economy investments, for example, in energy efficiency and renewables.

EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso was also present at the signing of the loan agreement. Renaud-Basso arrived in Turkiye on Oct. 6 for a three-day visit to hold a series of high-level meetings with senior officials, private-sector clients and civil-society organisations and foreign policy experts.

“The loan is being provided under the EBRD’s Green Economy Financing Facility Turkiye (GEFF Turkiye) framework and builds on the success of its predecessor, the Turkiye Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (TurSEFF),” the bank said in a statement.

This will be the EBRD’s third loan under GEFF Turkiye, launched at the beginning of the year.

The loan also includes a gender-responsive component to support financial access to green investments for women-led businesses,including a technical cooperation package that oversees gender baseline assessments, awareness opportunities and capacity building on gender-specific supply and demand issues.

The EBRD is committed to promoting a sustainable future in Turkiye by expanding green financing in the country, the bank said.

By heavily supporting climate investments in the private sector, the bank aims to accelerate the country’s transition to a green economy; it is currently carbon-intensive and vulnerable to climate-related risks.

The EBRD is a leading institutional investor in Turkey. It has invested almost €16.8 billion in 381 projects in the country since 2009, mostly in the private sector.


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