A majority of financing for low-carbon energy
On February 1st 2024, BNP Paribas published its annual results, which show a very strong acceleration in the financing of low-carbon energies: the stock of credit exposures to low-carbon energy production now accounts for 65% of the Group’s total stock of credit exposures to energy production. In 2023, a commitment was made to reach 80% low-carbon in the Group’s financing for energy production. This target has now been advanced by two years to 2028. For 2030, the goal is now 90%. When we look back at 2012, the share of low-carbon energy in BNP Paribas’ financing for energy production was around 10%. In September 2022, the share of low-carbon financing exceeded 50%, and this movement continues to accelerate.
Low-carbon: low-carbon energies are those with little or no greenhouse gas emissions. This category includes renewable energy and nuclear energy.
A significant acceleration in 2023
Between the end of September 2022 and the end of September 2023, BNP Paribas increased its stock of low-carbon credits by 3.8 billion euros, bringing the Group’s total financing for low-carbon energy (essentially renewable) to 32 billion euros. Simultaneously, the Group is continuing its path of reducing financing for the most emitting energy sources, in line with its commitments, with a 6.4 billion euros reduction in the stock of fossil fuel loans in one year.
BNP Paribas is no longer a major player in fossil financing
To reduce the fossil portion of its portfolio, BNP Paribas significantly reduced its production of new loans to the oil and gas sector in 2023. For example, as of the end of 2023, the ratio of financing flows granted by BNP Paribas to oil and gas extraction and production companies compared to financing flows to renewable energy projects was 1 to 11.
According to Dealogic, out of the 256 billion dollars granted by the global banking industry to the oil and gas sector, BNP Paribas’ market share is now 0.3%. Previously, and up until 2020, it had fluctuated between 2% and 3%.
Lastly, BNP Paribas has not participated in any bonds in the oil and gas sector since mid-February 2023.
“In order to measure the extent of our commitment and trajectory, it is necessary to understand that we are about a portfolio of multiannual loans granted in previous years, the repayment of which will continue to extend over several years. In order to achieve the objectives for 2028 and 2030, set in 2023 and 2024, new loans produced today need to start incorporating them.
This is a major transformation for the Bank, based in particular on the Low Carbon Transition Group, an international team of 200 specialists dedicated to low-carbon energy and corporate decarbonization.”
World’s best bank for sustainable finance in 2023
BNP Paribas’ policies show an active and ambitious commitment that has been recognized by several market rankings. In 2023, Bloomberg has reported that for the second consecutive year, banks generated more profits on financing low-carbon energy than on oil and gas. With BNP Paribas confirming its leadership: in 2023, the Group devoted more than 24 billion dollars of financing, placing itself at the top of the ranking of major banks. While much remains to be done by financial institutions in financing the energy transition, these figures confirm BNP Paribas’ commitment and its strong acceleration in this area.
Additionally, the same year, Euromoney awarded BNP Paribas the title of "World's Best Bank in Sustainable Finance”.
“European banks led the transition, with BNP Paribas at the top of the ranking” BLOOMBERG, January 2024
Updated and measurable progress toward our commitments
To follow the Group’s progress in meeting its sustainable finance commitments, a page has been created. It includes the major CSR indicators of BNP Paribas, updated each year.
worldwide for ESG bonds and loans according to Dealogic
The Group is also the world leader for the second consecutive year for ESG bonds and loans according to Bloomberg.
Stock of low-carbon loans granted by the Group at the end of 2023
28.8 billion euros of which are dedicated to renewable energies.
This is the share of the energy financing stock in 2023 dedicated to low-carbon energy, most of which is renewable
The target of 80% of low-carbon financing, initially set at 2030, is advanced to 2028; by 2030 it will be 90%.