Heidelberg Materials launches Green Finance Framework

Heidelberg Materials launches Green Finance Framework
30 May 2024

Heidelberg Materials has announced the launch of a Green Finance Framework to help fund the ongoing transformation and decarbonisation of the building materials sector. The company intends to issue Green Bonds to finance and/or refinance assets and capital expenditure associated with economic activities that meet or will meet the eligibility criteria defined in the Green Finance Framework.

According to Heidelberg Materials, this will complement the sustainable finance portfolio contributing to the company reaching its target to increase the share of sustainable financial instruments to over 70 per cent by 2025.

Heidelberg Materials CFO, René Aldach, said, “With the Green Finance Framework, we have set another cornerstone to cover our funding needs for the years to come. The framework reflects the continued confidence in our strong cashflow generation and enables us to fund sustainable projects and further decarbonise our business. The new framework underlines our position as front runner of decarbonisation in our industry.”

Dr Nicola Kimm, chief sustainability officer and member of the managing board of Heidelberg Materials, added, “The increasingly close integration of financial and ESG aspects provides vital opportunities for companies to identify and close performance gaps and strengthen stakeholder confidence. The trend toward sustainable investments continues to grow steadily. We are delighted that the new framework will make Heidelberg Materials an even more attractive investment case for a broader investor base.”

Heidelberg Materials’ Green Finance Framework is based on the latest version of the International Capital Market Association’s (ICMA) Green Bond Principles and the Loan Market Association’s (LMA) Green Loan Principles. ISS Corporate has provided a Second Party Opinion, validating the alignment with ICMA and LMA Principles, the consistency with the company’s sustainability strategy, and that the projects financed will positively contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The framework also considers selected elements of the EU Taxonomy Regulation and the associated Delegated Acts as well as the EU Green Bond Regulation. The EU Taxonomy defines which economic activity can be considered environmentally sustainable and thus sets a Europe-wide standard for sustainable investments.

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