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Understanding green finance

What is green finance?

Green finance is a strategic approach to funding driven by considerations of environmental and social impacts of the capital. Green financing is used to fund projects that reduce emissions and carbon footprints, improve general energy efficiency, and mitigate business activities contributing to climate change.

Types of green finance

The most common type of green finance is a green loan . Green lending  works just like a normal business loan, but it’s only granted as a facility for developing sustainable, green infrastructure.

Alongside loans, green mortgages  are a common type of green finance. Green mortgages are solely for the purpose of building sustainable real estate, or renovating existing real estate to bring it up to modern energy efficiency standards.

What infrastructure can be funded using green finance?

Green infrastructure encompasses a wide range of assets and business sectors. The most commonly accepted ‘green’ types of infrastructure are:

  • Renewable energy production and storage
  • Energy usage and efficiency
  • Low emission transport
  • Water conservation
  • Waste management
  • Habitat protection and reforestation

Our lending options

If you’re planning to make changes to reduce your carbon impact, our business loans and finance options could help. From funding solar panels to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, we’re here to help you achieve your climate goals.

*Security and / or Director’s guarantee may be required. Product fees may apply. To apply you must be a UK resident aged 18 or over.

Championing climate solutions

At NatWest, we're setting ourselves the challenge to at least halve the climate impact of our financing activity by 2030.

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