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BDO, top Asian banks publish new report on climate initiatives

The report offers practical insights and recommendations for financial institutions assessing transition finance cases.

BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO), along with leading Asian banks, has released the Asia Transition Finance Annual Report 2023 to help Asian economies achieve a “just and orderly transition” towards a more sustainable future. 

BDO is a member of The Asian Transition Finance (ATF) Study Group, a private-led initiative whose core participants are banks with operations in Asia. The ATF Study Group was set up in recognition of the important role that transition finance (TF) will play in helping Asian economies address challenges as they move toward net-zero emissions. Its goal is to create practical recommendations to supplement existing frameworks, including global standards and taxonomies, when financial institutions (FIs) consider and assess TF cases, as well as to understand challenges and explore potential enablers to transition finance. 

In 2022, the ATF Study Group published the ATF Guidelines to provide transition finance practitioners with a practical guide to assess transition projects. The Study Group simultaneously published the ATF SG Activity Report to share the challenges and suggested support measures to accelerate transition finance in Asia. These outcomes were introduced at the Asian Green Growth Partnership Ministerial Meetings (AGGPM) in September 2022.

This year, the ATF SG Annual Report 2023 was created after months of discussion amongst the core members, composed primarily of commercial banks. Development banks, export credit agencies, public agencies, finance associations, and SPOs joined as observers and knowledge contributors. Energy and industry players also participated as guest speakers to share their perspectives.

The ATF Annual Report 2023 describes certain advancements in the seven support measures suggested in the ATF Annual Report 2022 since its release last year. This year’s Study Group mentions more granular enablers needed to accelerate transition finance. The Study Group considers that making progress in these would merit a coherent collaboration amongst all stakeholders, especially public authorities, TF receivers, and FIs.

As a founding core member of the ATF Study Group since 2021, BDO believes that its sustainability journey, along with other Asian financial institutions, will be more gradual in pace compared to counterpart banks in Europe and the United States. But in collaborating with others, the bank welcomes the opportunity to bring everyone towards the same direction and better manage the energy transition for Asian nations.

BDO will continue to expand its Sustainable Finance initiatives, in place since 2010, towards funding new and existing renewable energy projects to increase their capacity and support the country’s avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Study Group will continue with more focus on collaboration with public authorities and TF receivers to deliver FI’s views on enablers that are supported by experiences as TF practitioners, as well as on peer learnings to bring deeper understanding and practical knowledge about various transition finance guidelines, countries’ policies including national taxonomies, and the development of TFFs by FIs.

The Asia Transition Finance Annual Report 2023 is available at https://bdo.com.ph/bdo-atfsg-climate-initiatives-report 


ABOUT BDO UNIBANK, INC.

BDO is a full-service universal bank which provides a wide range of corporate and retail services such as traditional loan and deposit products, treasury, trust banking, investment banking, private banking, rural banking and microfinance, cash management, leasing and finance, remittance, insurance, cash cards, credit cards, and online and non-online brokerage services.  

BDO has the country’s largest distribution network, with over 1,600 consolidated operating branches and more than 4,700 ATMs nationwide.  It also has 16 international offices (including full-service branches in Hong Kong and Singapore) in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

The bank also offers digital banking solutions to make banking easier, faster, and more secure for its clients.

BDO ranked as the largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits, and trust funds under management based on published statements of condition as of June 30, 2023. For more information, please visit www.bdo.com.ph.    

BDO is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with contact number (+632) 8708-7087 and with email address [email protected], and webchat at www.bsp.gov.ph. Deposits are insured by PDIC up to P500,000 per depositor.

For concerns, please visit any BDO branch nearest you, or contact us through our 24x7 hotline (+632) 8631-8000 or email us via [email protected].


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