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GRESB interview: How lenders can benchmark sustainability

Providers of property debt can benefit from progress in ESG data and benchmarking provision, argues GRESB’s Josien Piek.

Lenders: ESG applies to you, too

While real estate debt providers have made less progress than their equity counterparts to incorporate environmental, social and governance considerations into their strategies, some lenders have shown how it can be done.

Crédit Agricole backs Gecina with €100m sustainable loan

The French REIT sources its second debt facility to be indexed on its GRESB rating.

AccorHotels secures €1.2bn green revolving credit facility

A syndicate of 15 banks signs the five-year loan, with the margin of the debt facility linked to the French group’s ESG performance.

Ethical Property Company secures finance from Lloyds’ green scheme

A £27m facility will be used by the business, which rents space to charities and social enterprises, to back its growth plans and a London office development.

Sustainable lending is gaining traction

Lenders stand to benefit from the growth of an ethical real estate finance market, beyond the obvious reasons.

M&G launches debt impact fund

The fund will focus on making debt investments that provide environmental or social benefits.

The benchmark holding lenders to ESG targets

A loan deal between ING and Gecina is the first to be indexed on its GRESB rating.

Berlin Hyp raises €500m in fifth green bond

The senior 10-year notes carry a 1.5% coupon.

WDP raises €100m through debut green bond

US insurer MetLife backs the firm’s drive for sustainability as sole investor in the privately placed issue.

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