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L&T raises $107 mn sustainability-linked loan from SMBC

L&T continues to focus on achieving Water Neutrality by 2035 and Carbon Neutrality by 2040Premium
L&T continues to focus on achieving Water Neutrality by 2035 and Carbon Neutrality by 2040

The facility incorporates interest rate reductions linked to the achievement of two of L&T’s predetermined sustainability targets – the reduction of greenhouse gas emission intensity and water consumption intensity against the target levels.

New Delhi: Engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Thursday said it has successfully closed a three-year $107 million sustainability-linked loan from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) on 30 November.

“This sustainability linked loan underscores L&T’s continued commitment to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals," the company said.

The facility incorporates interest rate reductions linked to the achievement of two of L&T’s predetermined sustainability targets – the reduction of greenhouse gas emission intensity and water consumption intensity against the target levels.

“These targets have been selected on the basis that they are relevant and material to the company’s overarching sustainability position and strategy," said a press release.

“The loan fulfilled the core requirements under the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles and DNV Business Assurance Singapore Pte. Ltd. has provided Second Party Opinion on L&T’s SLL," it added.

“L&T continues to focus on achieving Water Neutrality by 2035 and Carbon Neutrality by 2040. Our long-term strategic plan also clearly outlines the ESG roadmap towards this goal. This SLL transaction with SMBC is an important step in that journey and underlines our intent on the ESG front," said R Shankar Raman, Group CFO & Whole Time Director of L&T.

“This transaction supports SMBC Group’s initiatives to contribute to a sustainable society through its financial services. We are delighted to be the Sustainability Coordinator and Lender for this SLL facility to our core client, L&T," said Toshitake Funaki, CEO of SMBC India.

L&T is an Indian multinational engaged in EPC projects, hi-tech manufacturing and services. It operates in over 50 countries worldwide.

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