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Giving credit to sustainability

Linking borrowing costs to sustainability targets is one way to concentrate minds in the drive to reduce emissions and landfill waste.

World-leading coatings company, Hempel A/S, has successfully amended the company’s EUR 1.5 billion credit facilities, linking borrowing costs directly to four sustainability targets. Hempel’s interest margin will be adjusted up or down, depending on whether Hempel meets its KPIs. 

Hempel’s KPIs linked to its loan agreements are:
Reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions - 90% reduction in absolute CO2e emissions for Scope 1 & 2 by 2025 in line with the Science Based Targets 1.5°-degree pathway

Reduce scope 3 CO2e emissions - 70% of direct and indirect spend suppliers screened by 2025 through the Hempel Procurement Sustainability Screening

Reduce waste to landfill at production sites - Zero waste to landfill from production sites by end of 2025

Reduce and phase out hazardous (red) raw materials (RRM) - 25% reduction of RRM (kg/1,000L paint produced) by end of 2025

“Linking our credit facilities to our ESG KPIs is a further commitment to reaching our CO2 emissions reduction targets. We are proud to have received the support of our banks to rewrite the terms of this facility, incentivising us to achieve our sustainability ambitions,” says Lars Joenstrup Dollerup, Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer at Hempel.

“Further to the approval of our science-based targets, we are taking the next step to keep us committed to achieving our sustainability goals. We are integrating sustainability into everything we do at Hempel and tackling our carbon footprint both within our own operations and across the entire value chain,” says Katarina Lindstroem, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hempel. “It’s the natural next step for us to also include sustainability considerations in our financing.”

The following banks have agreed to refinance Hempel’s loans according to the new terms: Nordea, Danske Bank, SEB, HSBC, Unicredit, BNP Paribas, Jyske Bank, BBVA and Commerzbank. Nordea has acted as sole Sustainability Coordinator for the facilities.

“Hempel is taking a leading role in its industry when it comes to sustainability linked financing. The sustainability KPIs that are linked to the loan agreements demonstrate a strong commitment and dedication to sustainability and sets Hempel on a very ambitious trajectory,” says Jacob Michaelsen, Head of Sustainable Finance Advisory at Nordea.

Exhibitor; Hempel

 
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