The Bank of Industry and the French Development Agency have signed a grant agreement for €2.5m delegated by the Green Climate Fund to fight climate change in Nigeria.
A statement said though the grant agreement sets up a technical assistance scheme for BoI, the grant was designed to build the capacity of BoI, thereby providing tools for effective identification and development of eligible bankable climate-related projects, as well as improving the readiness of the bank’s customers to implement green practices in their operations.
In this context, it stated, the implementation of the Environment and Social Governance framework provided for in the credit agreement would be an important part of the technical assistant mandate.
The statement recalled that BoI and AFD, in August 2022, signed a €100m credit line for the expansion of green finance in Nigeria. This was approved under AFD’s Transforming Financial Systems for Climate programme with the Green Climate Fund, a $650m-programme developed in 17 countries for 100 per cent climate investment projects.
It stated that the TFSC programme focused on financing investments that contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation, specifically projects focused on renewable energy, low carbon and efficient energy generation, climate smart agriculture technologies, clean urban transportation and others.
At the grant agreement signing ceremony, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Industry, Mr, said, “Given the serious threat that climate change poses to equitable and sustainable development in Nigeria, it is critical for us at BoI to take the lead in mobilising capital for green and sustainable investment