BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) has expressed its support to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to increase energy generation and address the ever-increasing demand for electricity and minimize its environmental impact by promoting renewable sources of energy.
BDO reiterates support on transition to sustainable energy
During the recently held Philippine Power Plant Energy Summit, BDO Capital & Investment Corporation President Eduardo V. Francisco said the Bank is committed to work with the energy industry to make the transition to sustainable energy faster and easier. Since 2010, BDO has considered sustainable energy finance as a priority sector in financing, in support of national economic development and energy security.
The Bank continues to expand its sustainable finance initiatives towards funding new and existing renewable energy projects to increase their capacity, and contribute to the country’s avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. Being among the pioneers of promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency financing in the country, BDO is looking for more renewable energy projects to finance.
Heeding DOE’s call to promote investments in sustainable energy, BDO encourages energy stakeholders to work together and consider the bank as partner in equity raising, Initial Public Offering (IPO), and bonds. BDO also offers project financing and bank lending for the energy sector.
Francisco, along with other speakers, recognized that there are hurdles that the industry needs to surpass to promote cheaper, safer, more sustainable energy in the country, which includes the addition of nuclear power in the energy mix.
“We need the DOE and the Congress’ help. The banks are not allowed to look at nuclear energy today as it is not considered as renewable. Nuclear is sustainable, but investing in nuclear is going against our definition of sustainable lending today,” he said.
Francisco believes that the consideration of nuclear as part of sustainable energy could help unlock capital for renewable energy projects. “We want to be ready so that when we need the large financing for these projects, the banks are very much ready to help.”
About BDO Unibank, Inc.
BDO is a full-service universal bank which provides a wide range of corporate and retail services such as traditional loan and deposit products, treasury, trust banking, investment banking, private banking, rural banking and microfinance, cash management, leasing and finance, remittance, insurance, cash cards, credit cards, and online and non-online brokerage services.
BDO has the country’s largest distribution network, with over 1,600 consolidated operating branches and more than 4,700 ATMs nationwide. It also has 16 international offices (including full-service branches in Hong Kong and Singapore) in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
The Bank also offers digital banking solutions to make banking easier, faster, and more secure for its clients.
BDO ranked as the largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits and trust funds under management based on published statements of condition as of March 31, 2023. For more information, please visit www.bdo.com.ph.