BTSG has developed a sustainability related finance framework to enable the issuance of different securities or instruments, including bonds, loans or any other debt instruments (collectively, sustainability related financial instruments or SFIs) whose financial characteristics are linked to the fact that the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) achieve predefined Sustainable Development Performance Goals (SPTs), in accordance with the principles, in particular; Sustainability Linked Loan Principles (SLLP), May 2021, and Sustainability Linked Bond Principles (SLBP), June 2020, International Capital Market Association (ICMA).
BTSG’s KPIs are 1) total electricity consumption per car-km for the Green Line network and 2) renewable energy consumption in operations for the Green Line network. DNV Business Assurance Australia Pty Ltd. (DNV) has reviewed BTSG’s Sustainability Linked Finance Framework (SLFF) and provided a second party opinion report (SPO) on the principles-based framework. The framework and an SPO report are posted on the BTSG website for more details.
Mr. Surayut Thavikulwat also mentioned that “we would like to thank investors for their confidence and interest in subscribing to BTSG bonds and we would also like to thank Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited (BBL), Krungthai Bank Public Company Limited (KTB), KASIKORNBANK Public Company Limited (KBANK) and The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (SCB), the lead arrangers, for their support and contribution to this achievement. Proceeds will be used for debt refinancing. The success of this sustainability bond offering as well as previous transactions will support us and encourage us to continue to offer bonds to meet investor demand in the future.
“The BTSG sustainability bond issuance is in line with the company’s long-term climate strategy, which includes our goal of becoming carbon neutral and increasing the share of energy from of renewable sources in total electricity consumption Our sustainable commitment has been recognized by awards and recognitions we have received from national and international external agencies, such as our inclusion in the DJSI for 4 consecutive years (2018-2021) and our world No. 1 ranking in the transport and transport infrastructure sector DJSI for 2 consecutive years.are also honored to be the first and only carbon neutral rail transport company certified by the Thai Gas Management Organization in greenhouse effect from the Thai government,” Mr. Thavikulwat said.