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Financial institutions have a key role to play in the transformation of business and industry. More specifically, such institutions are the entities that finance the investments that companies and governments need to make, and they also integrate ESG-related opportunities and risks into their evaluations of investments and financing plans. In addition, they support investors by providing them with information on sustainability approaches and strategies. Berlin Hyp seeks to play a major role in efforts to expand the integration of sustainability criteria into real estate financing and investment products.
Berlin Hyp invented the “Green Pfandbrief” and is today one of the most active issuers of bonds that are firmly linked to sustainability criteria.
Since its first Green Bond issue in 2015, the Bank has successfully placed Green Bonds with a total volume of approximately €6 billion on the market.
In 2021, Berlin Hyp became the first commercial bank in the world to issue a Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB), thus once again proving itself to be a pioneer in promoting the use of sustainability criteria as a firm component of real estate financing products.
Whereas the sustainability criteria for a Green Pfandbrief or any other type of green covered bond relates exclusively to the loan portfolio in question, an SLB links the sustainability targets of an entire company to the financing instrument. Basically, this means that with an SLB the amount of the interest coupon paid to investors depends directly on the extent to which a company achieves all of its defined sustainability targets, or whether it achieves them at all. Sustainability thus becomes a high-priority corporate objective at companies that issue SLBs.
Sustainability criteria can be taken into account as early as the design and planning stage when new properties are built. The real challenge in terms of sustainability lies in upgrading existing building stocks. Optimising the energy performance of an existing property is a complex undertaking both in a technical sense and in terms of financing and the high level of investment involved. At the same time, the complete modernisation of existing buildings is one of the most effective climate protection instruments that can be used in the real estate sector.
Berlin Hyp is a reliable partner for existing customers who wish to make their properties more sustainable.
Berlin Hyp’s commitment to sustainability is shaped by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the climate strategies adopted by the European Union and the German federal government. Activities related to sustainability are also guided by relevant industry standards. These include the five principles defined by the German Property Federation (ZIA e.V.) for the “Financing” sector cluster.
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