responsAbility Partners with Pune-Based Electronica to Expand Green Lending Facility

Through this green bond issuance, EFL plans to diversify its product offering and to expand into financing solar PV for the commercial and industrial markets.

responsAbility Electronica Green Lending

Swiss impact investment institute, responsAbility has partnered with Pune-based non-banking finance company Eletronica Finance (EFL) to issue green Masala Bonds for expanding EFL’s energy efficient machinery lending portfolio for small and medium enterprises, that operate in the carbon-intensive manufacturing sector.

EFL has issued Rupee-denominated senior secured bonds of USD equivalent 10 million. The funds will be utilised for financing equipment in the machine tools, plastic, and printing & packaging industries. Loans for financing these machines dominate EFL’s USD 180 m gross loan portfolio.

India has committed to reducing the emissions intensity of its GDP by one third between 2005 and 2030. The Indian SME sector currently contributes 45% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing industries and is widely suffering from obsolete technology and lack of funding. All of this results in the considerable potential for greenhouse gas mitigation.

Shilpa Pophale, Managing Director of EFL, said, “We are pleased to team up with a successful international partner with proven expertise in driving green lending in emerging markets. By enabling Indian SMEs to improve their energy efficiency and processes we will further support them in making them competitive and our economy more sustainable and resilient.”

EFL is an experienced player in the green lending sector, having associated with Small Industries Development Bank of India to originate loans to finance energy-efficient machines for over a decade. Through this green bond issuance, advised by Deloitte, the company seeks to further expand its technologically advanced, energy-saving machine finance portfolio. 

The partners have agreed on a multi-phase plan for both near-term and medium-term green lending development. EFL intends to leverage responsAbility’s ample international experience and the fund’s technical advisory support. It also plans to diversify its product offering and to expand into financing solar PV for the commercial and industrial markets. responsAbility expects to gain from the experience EFL has in financing machines for SME borrowers for more than two decades.

Speaking on behalf of responsibility, Jaskirat Chadha, Principal, Financial Institutions Debt for Asia-Pacific, explained, “Partnering with EFL, who is well established as a lender to the MSME segment to expand their energy efficiency lending portfolio, will allow us to integrate green lending into this sector and, as a result, sustainably reduce CO2 emissions.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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