ALD issues first-ever Positive Impact Bond
ALD has issued an inaugural Positive Impact Bond to finance green fleet vehicles in a first for the fleet industry.
The firm said the €500m four-year fixed-rate senior note will be exclusively used to finance or refinance eligible vehicles, based on an initial portfolio of 14,348 eligible vehicles, across 13 countries in Europe. These comprise 24% electric vehicles and 76% hybrids and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and will avoid 17,000 tons of CO2-equivalent and 99,000 kg of NOx emissions on an annual basis, compared to a comparable fleet powered by combustion engines.
ALD said the issuance is unique in that the Positive Impact Bond Framework is aligned both with the ICMA Green Bond Principles and the Principles for Positive Impact Finance developed by the UN Environment programme. To ensure the bond qualified as having a Positive Impact, ALD developed a life-cycle-assessment approach based on robust and transparent impact measurement of the fleet at all stages of the life of the vehicles, with the help of Quantis, a company specialized in life-cycle analysis.
Societe Generale was sole bookrunner for the bond issue and said the issuance further demonstrates its commitment to remain at the forefront in the area of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance in order to help build a sustainable bond market, and fully support its clients in their financing needs by deepening capital markets funding sources for sustainable growth projects.
Stéphane Renie, head of corporate social responsibility at ALD, added: “With this first Positive Impact Bond, ALD is reinforcing and further developing its sustainable growth strategy, and supporting the shift of its activities towards sustainable mobility, and low emission vehicles in particular. Aiming at both the green bond and positive impact qualifications was challenging but extremely enlightening: for low emissions vehicles it is of the utmost importance to look beyond tailpipe CO2 emissions and consider the global picture, in terms of life stages and types of emissions. The results are encouraging and reinforce ALD’s willingness to be a key player in the energy transition, in all aspects of our business model.”
ALD currently has 84,000 alternatively fuelled vehicles under management – equating to just under 5% of the total fleet – and plans to have an alternative fleet of at least 200,000 vehicles under management by 2020.