In partnership with development banks and the private sector, the tool box would aim to:
- Standardise instruments that address common risks associated with sustainability linked infrastructure projects and meet the investment requirements of different sources of financing
- Work with the industry and development banks to introduce a blended finance approach to structured finance in order to “crowd in” a broader spectrum of investors looking for long term returns;
- Work with international and national development banks to establish ASEAN-focused facilities and programmes for blending.
Mukhtar Hussain, HSBC’s Head of Business Corridors for Asia-Pacific, said: ”Addressing environmental challenges is no longer simply a moral dimension but an economic one. The development of sustainability linked infrastructure using public and private sector financing is the only way that ASEAN can address the challenges that climate change presents to its economies. Climate change affects individuals, countries, corporates and investors so finding and delivering constructive solutions should be a joined-up effort including global banks like HSBC. We hope these recommendations are a helpful contribution towards the delivery of long-term solutions.”
An estimated US$100 trillion of investment is needed in new sustainable infrastructure globally over the next 15 years – including financing for clean energy infrastructure, sustainable transport, energy efficiency and waste management – to meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global temperature increases to ‘well below’ 2 degrees celsius over pre-industrial times3. The third commitment under the Paris Agreement is “making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development”.
Southeast Asia has already taken important steps to unlock private sector financing around addressing climate change. These include:
- The launch of the ASEAN Green Bond Standards in November 2017 by the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum. This created a common framework to promote the growth of a new green asset class while enhancing transparency, consistency and uniformity of new issuance.4 This was followed by the launch of the ASEAN Social Bond Standards and ASEAN Sustainability Bond Standards in October 20185.
- Last year, Malaysia set the goal of increasing the share of its electricity generated from renewable sources to 20% by 20306.
- Indonesia announced it will adjust its fiscal policies to incentivise the production of environmentally friendly vehicles7.
- Vietnam is working to complete several mega solar power plant projects later this year8.
- In March 2019, the Philippines (together with Bhutan, Mongolia and Vietnam) signed a Declaration on South-South Cooperation to access climate finance, particularly the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This called for the highest policy commitment to combating climate change and pursuing green growth as an urgent priority9.
- The Monetary Authority of Singapore launched the Singapore Green Bond Grant scheme in June 2017 which provides financial subsidies for the advisory fees associated with undertaking green financing10.
- Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and boost the country’s share of clean energy11.