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ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF)

The ACGF is an ASEAN Infrastructure Fund initiative supporting governments in Southeast Asia to prepare and finance infrastructure projects that promote environmental sustainability and contribute to climate change goals.

Green finance denotes all financing instruments, investments and mechanisms that contribute to a "climate plus" approach, impacting on both climate and environmental sustainability goals. Green finance promotes a reduction in greenhouse gases and improved climate resilience, air and water quality, ecosystems, biodiversity, and use of resources.

Green finance solutions to support a green recovery should be at the heart of post-COVID-19 economic planning in the ASEAN region. A green recovery means one that is environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, and climate resilient.

ACGF Overview

The ASEAN Infrastructure Fund is a financing vehicle created to support green and inclusive infrastructure in Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia Needs Green Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of Southeast Asia’s economic growth, but the region faces a huge investment shortfall of more than $100 billion a year. To plug this gap, private capital must play a much larger role in financing infrastructure projects.

At the same time, the investment focus must change. The environmental costs of infrastructure⁠—natural resource depletion, air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions⁠—are of increasing concern.

Southeast Asian countries recognize that to achieve their sustainable development and climate change goals, infrastructure must be designed, built, and operated based on the principles of sustainability and inclusive green growth. In other words, countries must invest in “green infrastructure” that is environmentally sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient, and meets the needs of local communities.

The Financing Challenge

Addressing the investment shortfall and transforming to green infrastructure are big challenges. Public financing is inadequate to meet the huge investment need, while a lack of commercially attractive projects continues to constrain the flow of private capital into infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Private sector financiers are particularly wary of investing in green infrastructure projects as they often entail larger initial costs and are perceived as high-risk. ACGF supports green finance to help bridge the investment gap.

How the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility Will Help

The ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF)—an initiative of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund—was launched in April 2019 to accelerate green infrastructure investments in Southeast Asia.

The ACGF provides ASEAN member governments with technical assistance and access to over $1 billion in loans from cofinancing partners. The ACGF’s technical assistance supports governments to identify and prepare commercially viable green infrastructure projects while the ACGF loans are utilized to cover upfront capital investment costs. This two-pronged approach “de-risks” green infrastructure projects, making them more attractive to private capital investors.

Catalytic

De-risking projects and mobilizing commercial finance

Green

Supporting projects with clear green targets

Facility

Pooling public development capital

How ACGF Works

Project origination
  • Identifies and screens infrastructure projects
  • Creates a project pipeline
  • Develops project financing models
Project funding
  • Utilizes AIF funds to de-risk projects
  • Mobilizes co-financing from development partners
  • Catalyzes private sector investment
Policy and knowledge support
  • Trains government officials in green finance
  • Hosts investor roundtable events
  • Delivers policy advice and creates knowledge resources

To be financed under the ACGF, projects must be sovereign or sovereign-guaranteed and fulfil eligibility criteria that includes:

  • Clear environmental goals and targets
  • A financial sustainability plan
  • A roadmap for attracting private capital investment

The ACGF focuses on projects that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable urban transport, water supply and sanitation, waste management, and climate-resilient agriculture. In addition to project preparation and financing support, the ACGF provides knowledge services, and training programs to strengthen the regulatory environment and build the institutional capacity of ASEAN governments to scale up green infrastructure investments.

The ACGF is owned by the finance ministries of the 10 ASEAN member countries as well as ADB, which also manages the facility. Cofinancing partners are ADB, Agence Française de Développement, AIF, the European Investment Bank, the European Union, KfW, and the Republic of Korea.

See also

Brochure

ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility: An ASEAN Infrastructure Fund Initiative

Learn how the ACGF’s innovative financing approach will help accelerate green infrastructure investments in Southeast Asia.

Publication

ASEAN Infrastructure Fund: Financing Infrastructure for Growth and Development

The ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF) promotes regional infrastructure financing to support the long-term development of countries in Southeast Asia.

Publication | 29 Aug 2017

Catalyzing Green Finance: A Concept for Leveraging Blended Finance for Green Development

This publication describes an innovative financing solution for enhancing both financially bankable as well as environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects. 

News Release | 02 Oct 2019

ADB, Infrastructure Asia Sign Agreement to Promote Innovative and Green Finance for Sustainable Infrastructure in Southeast Asia

ADB and Infrastructure Asia signed a cooperation agreement to help governments in Southeast Asia adopt innovative finance approaches to accelerate investments in green infrastructure.