Swedish ECA launches Green Guarantee to promote climate investments

(EKN, Stockholm, 15 September 2021) EKN launches a new credit guarantee to facilitate financing of green exports as well as green transition projects within Swedish exporting companies. The new guarantee covers the bank’s risk up to 80 percent instead of previously 50 percent, which increases the capacity for credit. It is offered to companies with direct or indirect exports that contribute to the climate transition. The assessment criteria’s will be based on the EU-taxonomy. EKN’s Green Guarantee covers both working capital and financing of a specific investment, in businesses contributing to the climate transition. In addition, a Scientific Climate Council, a group of academic experts, will provide advisory support to the Swedish Export Credit Agency (EKN) and the Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK) to assist aligning the Swedish export finance system with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C goal, according to a SEK press release. The climate council is the first of its kind in the world and will focus on issues such as the role of natural gas for the energy transition in low- and middle-income countries.