Gia Lai Electricity Joint Stock Company (GEC), a leading renewable energy company in Vietnam, achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first corporate issuer in Vietnam to have its green finance framework Certified under the Climate Bonds Standard.

The certification has been granted with external verification conducted by FiinRatings. GEC’s certified Green Finance Framework aligns with the Climate Bonds Standard and will allow the company to issue certified green bonds to finance renewable energy projects like their two offshore wind farms, Tan Phu Dong 1 and Tan Phu Dong 2, which have a combined 150 MW capacity. These projects support Vietnam’s renewable energy goals and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

A representative from GEC’s Capital Markets Department and TTC Group – a major shareholder of GEC, said: “We are proud to be the first corporate issuer in Vietnam to have our green finance framework Certified under the Climate Bonds Standard. This certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainable development and transparency towards upcoming green bond issuance.”

Mr. Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, emphasised: “GEC’s certified Green Finance Framework shows the growing momentum of the sustainable finance market in Vietnam. We look forward to supporting more Vietnamese issuers in aligning their frameworks with international best practice and contributing to the global climate transition.”

Mr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, CEO of FiinRatings, said: “As an approved verifier under the Climate Bonds Standard, we are honoured to work with the issuer and related stakeholders in having this milestone. This experience has enhanced our expertise and reinforced our commitment to promoting sustainable finance practices in Vietnam.”

This pioneering move sets the stage for further growth and investment in sustainable finance initiatives in Vietnam, highlighting the collaborative efforts of stakeholders to foster a robust and credible sustainable finance ecosystem that aligns with global best practices.