Absa Bank Kenya

Absa Bank in plans to lend Ksh. 120 Billion to sustainable ventures

Absa Bank has announced plans to double its sustainable finance allocation to KES120 billion in two years as part of its refreshed sustainability commitment.

The Bank has advanced about KES60 billion this year in sustainable finance, comprising components of green finance as well as inclusive finance.

In the new Sustainability Report, the Bank has highlighted its strategic interventions across 13 commitments made during the launch of its Sustainability Commitments in November 2020, covering various themes such as Net Zero Commitments, Social and Environment Impact, Women and Youth Empowerment, and Value Creation for Businesses and Partners.

Absa Bank Kenya Managing Director and CEO Abdi Mohamed said,“Our ambition is to continue significantly expanding our investment in this space as we scale our support to sustainable development across all our economic sectors. You can therefore expect to see us playing an even bigger and bolder role, specifically in renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, and climate-smart agriculture sectors in the days ahead.”

Absa Bank Kenya PLC Board Chairman, Charles Muchene, said: “In the last three years, we have been implementing our sustainability strategy, which has 13 commitments as the core drivers of our shared value strategy. In acknowledgment of the importance of climate change and the urgent need for global action to avert a climate disaster, we have accelerated our efforts towards improving our green credentials and climate approach, including reducing our carbon footprint and pursuing green funding opportunities.

Amongst the other significant milestones attained in the Bank’s sustainability journey include increased internal efficiency through a 13% reduction in energy footprint and a 26.3% carbon footprint reduction by retrofitting to eco-friendly facilities such as minimizing plastic bottled water use and energy usage in its business premises. As part of its commitment to become a net zero carbon footprint company by 2040, in 2020, Absa became the first bank to join the Kenya Green Building Society as a champion for initiatives that promote the green economy by reducing pollution and improving people’s lives while fostering economic grow.