ComBank first Sri Lankan bank to win IFC’s CAFI Climate Impact Awards

Sri Lanka’s first fully carbon neutral Bank, the Commercial Bank of Ceylon has emerged as one of the top banks – and the only Sri Lankan bank – to win two Climate Assessment for Financial Institutions (CAFI) awards from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

These ground-breaking climate impact awards were conferred on Commercial Bank in acknowledgement of the Bank’s estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and for completing the highest number of climate finance transactions in South Asia in 2020. The awards were presented for the first time by the IFC to recognise financial institutions that outperform their climate finance targets.

Commercial Bank’s climate finance achievement included the reduction of 208,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) of greenhouse gas which is equivalent to removing more than 40,000 cars from the roads, and the disbursement of 416 green loans or climate finance transactions that meet the CAFI criteria.

IFC selected Commercial Bank upon analysing data regarding GHG reductions and climate financing submitted by its clients in the South Asia region using CAFI – a digital, web-based platform introduced by IFC to help banks and other financial institutions assess climate eligibility and to measure the development impact of the projects they finance. Commenting on CBC’s accolade, IFC South Asia Regional Director Hector Gomez Ang said: “The private sector should see climate change as an opportunity to deliver innovative solutions that are commercially viable and help countries transform their economies. Commercial Bank of Ceylon is a longstanding partner of IFC in Sri Lanka.

We are proud to see the results and the impact of CBC’s green investments across the country, helping Sri Lanka transition towards a more sustainable and a resilient future.”

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