The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will invest 3 billion Thai baht ($98.7 million) in Energy Absolute’s maiden green bond issuance, proceeds from which will help support the long-term financing of the company’s 260-megawatt (MW) Hanuman wind farm in Thailand. The investment will contribute to Thailand’s renewable energy objectives and its ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The bond will have a total issuance of 10 billion Thai Baht. It will only be the second Climate Bonds Standard-certified bond issued by a Thai energy company and the first green bond for a wind power project in Thailand. Proceeds from green bonds are used to fund, in part or in full, new or existing projects that deliver environmental or climate-related benefits.
The agreement was signed in Bangkok today by Deputy Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department Mr. Christopher Thieme and Energy Absolute’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr. Amorn Sapthaweekul on the sidelines of a knowledge-sharing event—the Capital Market Research Forum: Development of Green Bonds in Thailand. The event was hosted by ADB and the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s Capital Market Research Institute.
“Thailand has ample renewable energy resources and its green and climate bond market has tremendous potential,” said Mr. Thieme. “This maiden green bond issuance by Energy Absolute will contribute to the evolution of that market, while supporting the clean energy ambitions of Thailand’s Power Development Plan by underpinning the growth of wind power generation.”
“The green bond issuance benefits our company through lower cost of financing and demonstrates our strong commitment to sustainable development including environmental and social dimensions,” said Mr. Sapthaweekul. “After the success of the 260 MW Hanuman Wind Project, we took another significant step to become a more value-added business by focusing more on patent development and innovation in clean energy and related industries including energy storage systems, electric vehicles (EV) and EV charging stations, and electric ferries. We are also preparing to launch an energy trading platform, which we have studied and developed through our own technology and innovation. This platform will play a major role in demand-side management for energy efficiency.”
Renewable energy sources are expected to contribute 15% to 20% of Thailand’s total energy production by 2036, up from the current 10%. The Hanuman wind farm in northeastern Chaiyaphum Province is the largest wind farm in Thailand and is expected to reduce the country’s annual carbon emissions by 200,000 tons by 2020.
Energy Absolute was established in 2006 and is one of the largest renewable energy companies in Thailand with an installed capacity of 664 MW at 4 solar and 2 wind power plants. Its strategy is aligned with both Thailand’s industrial development and climate targets and with ADB’s Strategy 2030, under which at least 75% of the bank’s committed operations will support climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2030. ADB’s climate financing is expected to reach $80 billion over 2019–2030.
The Climate Bonds Standard is a science-based international labeling scheme for debt investments used by bond issuers, governments, and investors to assess investments which genuinely help to address climate change.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.