The FINANCIAL -- UniCredit Bank Serbia receives Din 600 million loan for boosting energy efficiency (equivalent to €5.1 million) to UniCredit, the second-largest bank in Serbia, to enhance its financing of the green economy.
The loan comes under the EBRD €85 million Green Economy Financing Facility for the Western Balkans, implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Energy Community. The initiative is designed to help local households, housing associations and service providers invest in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects.
Incentives and technical cooperation in support of green technology investments will be provided by the European Union, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and the European Western Balkans Joint Fund under the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
The funds will be on-lent for investments in high-performance energy efficiency technologies, materials and solutions in residential buildings, for example to replace windows or doors, retrofit façades, procure heating equipment or thermal insulation material, photovoltaic panels, heat pumps, and other measures. The goal is to reduce energy intensity and improve energy efficiency in accordance with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) approach. With these investments households will not only become more energy efficient but will also decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, reducing their impact on the environment.
UniCredit Bank will approve consumer loans of up to Din 3 million on a repayment period of up to seven years. The incentive is up to 20 per cent of the investment. The nominal interest rate is 9.11 per cent annually while the effective interest rate is 10.82 per cent annually.
The EBRD is a leading institutional investor in Serbia. To date it has committed €982 million to almost 60 green projects across the country. In 2017 alone the Bank provided over €380 million to more than 200 projects across various sectors of the Serbian economy.