Citycon’s Green Financing Framework is based on Citycon’s sustainability strategy that spans until 2030 with an aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The framework reflects practices that support the transition to a sustainable and low carbon economy through the development of green assets. Key steps in achieving our climate ambitions, concretized by our carbon emission reduction targets are engagement with construction companies in the building process, energy efficiency measures in our buildings, increased use and production of renewable energy and an increased share of environmental certified and energy efficient buildings.
Proceeds issued under the framework can therefore be used to finance or re-finance eligible green assets in categories green buildings, energy efficiency, clean transportation, renewable energy and waste management. As at September 30th, 2023, approximately EUR 2.5 billion of Citycon’s property portfolio was eligible for green (re)financing. Citycon’s Green Financing Framework is supported by a second opinion from Cicero and the company publishes an Allocation of Proceeds and Impact Report, along with a verification report from an external part, on an annual basis. Both documents are available below.
In addition to the annual report, Citycon publishes a quarterly update on the total amount of green assets in each category along with the total amount of outstanding green financial instruments. Quarterly updated figures can be found in the table below. Figures reported up until Q4/2022 are assessed in accordance with the framework that was released in 2019, and figures reported starting Q1/2023 are based on the requirements in the updated framework released in 2023.
In July 2023, Citycon was the first Finnish issuer to issue a Green Commercial Paper in the Finnish commercial paper markets. Citycon udpated its Finnish euro commercial paper program to Green format in July 2023, following this all Finnish euro commercial paper issued with a maturity date later than 30 September 2023 will be labelled as green. Citycon has issued green bonds and hybrid bonds since the launch of the green financing framework in 2019.
Sustainability linked Financing
The company has further increased the link between financing and its sustainability targets by signing its first Sustainability-linked Revolving Credit Facility in November 2020. In May 2023 Citycon refinanced its Sustainability-linked Credit Facility. In addition to the EUR 400 million Revolving Credit Facility, the facility was expanded with a EUR 250 million Term Loan, linking the margin on the total credit facility of EUR 650 million to achieving three of Citycon’s main environmental targets
- Decreasing the Greenhouse Gas Intensity of the portfolio in line with the target of being carbon neutral by 2030
- Decreasing energy consumption per square meter in line with achieving a 10% reduction by 2027 and
- Certifying the whole property portfolio according to BREEAM or LEED, with a minimum certification level of BREEAM Very Good or LEED Gold.
If Citycon meets all of the sustainability targets, measured annually in progress towards the set targets, there is a sustainability discount applied to the interest margin on the facility. On the contrary, if Citycon were to fail on all targets, the company would be obliged to pay a premium on the facility margin. The sustainability-linked margin thus further incentivizes the company to achieving its long-term sustainability targets.