APICORP , the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, an energy-focused multilateral development bank, recently revealed its new ESG policy framework . This is part of APICORP’s drive to support energy transition in its member countries and beyond. APICORP’s plans are to assign US$1 bn towards sustainable and green energy companies.
APICORP’s plans are to assign US$1 bn towards sustainable and green energy companies and projects over the next two years, specifically in the MENA region, with a view to concomitantly measure the ESG footprint of all its assets by end of 2023 through active engagement with its stakeholders. At present, green assets make up over 13% of APICORP’s overall portfolio – equal to around US $550 million in loans and direct investments.
The new framework has a meticulous toolkit to measure the ESG impact when making financing and investment decisions, with a focus on supporting the growth of renewable energy sources and low-carbon technologies, and also making more strategic partnerships that support the sustainability agenda.
The framework, which is based on three key pillars – Responsible Banking and Investing, Social Inclusion and Partnerships, and Financial Resilience and Governance – is a crucial element of APICORP’s strategy to formalize and institutionalize its commitment to environmental protection, social responsibility, and governance. It also provides guidance as to how APICORP will go about identifying, measuring, managing, monitoring, and reporting ESG risks and opportunities, as well as outlining criteria related to its own infrastructure, ethics and values, diversity and inclusion, and employee empowerment.APICORP was formed by the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in 1975 as a commercially-focused finance company that can assist developing nations in obtaining nuanced and efficient financing alternatives for their oil industries. APICORP has worked to increase capital accessibility and improve financial stability and performance in the Arab energy sector since its inception
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In addition to its original mission of promoting oil development, APICORP has also been working on stimulating the economies of member nations through investment into non-energy resources and industries.
APICORP has a special focus on financing energy production and distribution, as well as power generation projects. Such projects include solar panels and wind farms, typically in partnership with private companies. APICORP was the first organization to provide financing for renewable energy projects, starting in 1989 when they lent US$2 million to a Turkish company that installed solar panels on rooftops.
APICORP also provides financial support to countries outside of OAPEC through loans and direct investments. This support enables the company to connect member nations with international companies, promoting global trade and capital flow.
APICORP has subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, the UK and US that work towards the same ends of promoting development in OAPEC countries by facilitating capital flow. The organization’s headquarters is located in Abu Dhabi.
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