SUNREF Namibia, the lending programme that promotes green growth

Leaflet dedicated to SUNREF in Namibia

Discover the innovative offer developed by AFD to finance green investments for businesses in Namibia, especially in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable tourism and agriculture.

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Promoting green investments in the Indian Ocean

For over a decade, SUNREF Indian Ocean, the green finance label of the AFD, supports the emergence of a green finance tailored to the needs of economic players. The emerging green private sector in the Indian Ocean has fueled support to local financial partners in transforming their practices in the fight against climate change.

Discover in video how AFD promotes through SUNREF a new model of sustainable finance in the Indian Ocean, at the heart of development.

SUNREF South Africa, the lending programme that promotes green growth

Leaflet dedicated to SUNREF in South Africa

Discover the innovative offer developed by AFD to finance green investments for businesses in South Africa

Project developed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), with the financial participation of SECO, and deployed by SANEDI

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Discover the SUNREF project cycle: How is a green finance project structured?

Discover the SUNREF project cycle

First of all, discover how to structure a green finance project to develop an innovative and sustainable green finance market.

Discover the SUNREF project cycle SUNREF : How is a green project implemented?

Discover the SUNREF project cycle SUNREF

Once the project is structured, AFD supports the partner bank throughout implementation through its evolution towards a new dynamic, in favor of new green finance activities and responsible investment practices.

East Africa – List of Eligible Materials and Equipment (LEMESI)

The LEMESI is a list of specific equipment/measure, and Supplier/Installers, which, if used for a project under a certain dimension, allow a fast track approach for its evaluation and financing.

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SUNREF, AFD’s green finance label

Discover in video how the innovative program SUNREF guides businesses in the ecological transition, encouraging local banks to finance green private sector investments.
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SUNREF East Africa: success stories

Discover a selection of 6 projects that have been financed with an AFD-partner bank credit since 2014, and have benefited from the technical assistance of SUNREF East Africa.

All companies from smallholders agribusinesses to textile industries and universities can potentially benefit from the financing and expertise of SUNREF in order to produce renewable energy or to improve energy efficiency. The operation is very profitable for companies as they reduce their energy costs, secure their energy supply and improve their performance. The presentation of these 6 successful experiences shows how local stakeholders, including SUNREF partner banks and local project’s sponsors, are key players to reduce carbon emission and control energy costs.

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SUNREF East Africa, the lending programme that promotes green growth

Leaflet dedicated to SUNREF in East Africa  (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania)

Discover the innovative offer developed by AFD to finance green investments for businesses



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Encouraging green energies in South Africa – Vidéo

With SUNREF, AFD helps South Africa to meet the challenge of a green energy transition to take a sustainable development and growth pathway. SUNREF supports the private sector to seize the opportunities of this transition, and encourages local banks to finance it in a sustainable way.

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SUNREF Jordan – For a brighter future

Discover how the Agence Française de Développement supports sustainable energy and environment protection with SUNREF Jordan.

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SUNREF Jordan – Green lending programme

Download the lealefts of SUNREF Jordan: how to to improve environmental performance of businesses ? Why invest in renewable energy ? What projects are eligible ?

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SUNREF, AFD’s green finance label

Download the institutional brochure about SUNREF

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SUNREF Indian Ocean -Towards a greener future

Download the brochure of SUNREF  Indian Ocean to discover the specificities of the programme

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SUNREF, AFD’s green finance label in Indian Ocean – motion design

Through the initiative SUNREF, companies in Mauritius, Comoros, Mozambique, Seychelles and Madagascar can invest in energy efficiency, renewable energies or projects that help protection of environment, so make a smooth and easy transition to adopt environmentally technologies, while increasing their competitiveness.

Sunref : jatropha as a biofuel in Madagascar – Vidéo

SUNREF Indian Ocean supports the production of renewable energy reducing the energy dependence of Madagascar and limiting emissions of greenhouse gas effects. “Energy for food and food for energy”, this is the slogan of the Fuelstock company that intends to reconcile social and environmental imperatives, by adopting an integrated approach to the territory, combining food crops and jatropha production.

SUNREF : Mauritius’sun, endless source of energy – Vidéo

SUNREF Indian Ocean supports the use of photovoltaics as an alternative to fossil fuels to power a shopping center and a school in Mauritius. This innovative program allows to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and energy dependence of the island vis-à-vis the outside world, while promoting a sustainable socio-economic and environmentally friendly development.

First for Sustainability

FIRST (Financial Institutions: Resources, Solutions and Tools) for Sustainability is a one-stop shop for financial institutions to get information and learn about the benefits of environmental and social risk management and how to identify and take advantage of environmental business opportunities.

For managers and staff of financial institutions, stakeholders and other users, FIRST provides guidance and tools to understand and manage the risks that environmental and social issues present for financial institutions. FIRST also introduces users to financing/investing in environmental business opportunities with traditional financial/investment products.

FIRST provides guidance to a financial institution on how to implement an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), conduct environmental and social due diligence as well as how to create a pipeline of new business and develop product offerings tailored to the environmental needs of its clients.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) website is the business contribution to Sustainable Development and their responsibility towards the social and environmental impacts of their activities. Companies must comply with international legislations, and integrate into their management the concerns of their stakeholders on social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumers matters. CSR combines economic logic, Social Responsibility and environmental responsibility. Since 2006, RSE et PED informs CSR in emerging and developing countries. In 2012, to further support the intake of CSR in the South, RSE et PED launches the CSR online community.

The Equator Principles

A financial industry benchmark for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects (June 2013)

More information:Internet website of the Equator Principles


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Managing Environmental and Social Risks – BID

A Roadmap for National Development Banks in Latin American and the Caribbean. 

Published by the Inter-american Development Bank (IDB).

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ESMS: An opportunity for Banks (video 1/5)

Discover an essential tool for banks: the Environmental and Social Risk Management System (ESMS)

ESMS: Translating sustainability principles into business practices (video 2/5)

The establishment of an Environmental and Social Risk Management System (ESMS) is the best way for a bank to integrate sustainable development principles, while improving its credit approval processes.

ESMS: A roadmap (video 3/5)

How to implement an Environmental and Social Risk Management System: this video describes each step of the building process, the tools that will need to be developed and the corresponding resources the bank will need to allocate.

ESMS: Application in daily operations (video 4/5)

Once designed, how is an Environmental and Social Risk Management System (ESMS) integrated into the bank’s existing processes? How to assign responsibilities and integrate each step of the ESMS into the existing credit cycle.

ESMS: Design and implementation phases – step by step (video 5/5)

Discover the essential steps in the design and implementation of an Environmental and Social Risk Management System (ESMS): from the pilot and the gradual introduction of tools and procedures in the credit cycle, to the training plans and the cost and project management issues.

SUNREF Workshop – Capitalization document

For many years, AFD has been engaged in active partnerships with banks to promote green finance, which has positive outcomes for development as well as for environmental protection, mainly climate.

The creation of community convinced to work together is a cornerstone for future success. As contribution to this global effort, AFD offers to its banks partners the opportunity of an experience of an exchange across continents and topics, methods and institutions, operations and profitability.

The 1st edition of the workshop SUNREF has the ambition to maintain still living the spirit of the cooperation created through the first credit lines and to extend them beyond the bilateral exchange with AFD in order to convey them to other stakeholders.

This capitalization document summarizes the exchanges of the various stakeholders gathered to discuss the issues and opportunities offered by green finance.

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV): Has time come for solar energy in Africa?

Publication of FERDI

As Africa’s energy supply needs to be stepped up urgently to satisfy the continents’ growing energy needs and avoid some of the serious economic and social costs of the deficiency, renewable energy technologies have emerged as additional alternatives to build the relevant energy infrastructure while aligning Africa’s growth with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They currently carry a substantial economic cost, and technological choices in the sector are long-term and have important implications. The share of modern renewables (i.e. solar, wind and geothermal) in Africa’s energy mix currently stands at only 0.4% but is increasing. Solar technologies have some very positive characteristics, but are not yet competitive in all circumstances. Nevertheless, financing for these technologies is increasingly available and production costs are coming down.
Depending on a specific country’s situation, PV and CSP are valuable contributions to the energy mix, with CSP recommendable for more economically advanced countries given its considerably higher cost. African countries should consider well whether to engage in such expensive technology at this point in time given the expected cost-reductions in the medium to long term. PV, on the other hand is already cost-competitive and holds much promise for Africa. While the importance of off-grid PV systems is well-recognized, the discussion in this paper focuses on grid-connected systems that have experienced the greatest expansion. It will be imperative for African countries to develop a conducive environment so as to support the growth of the appropriate kind of solar energy in Africa.

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Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

This report provides an assessment of how governments can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth. It describes the development pathways required to meet the Paris Agreement objectives.

Financing Energy Efficiency : Lessons from Brazil, China, India, and Beyond

 Energy for heating, cooling, lighting, mechanical power, and various chemical processes is a fundamental requirement for both daily life and economic development. The negative impact on the environment of current energy systems is increasingly alarming, especially the global warming consequences of burning fossil fuels. The future requires change through the development and adoption of new supply technologies, through a successful search for new, less resource-intensive paths of economic development, and through adoption of energy. Greater energy efficiency is key for shifting country development paths toward lower-carbon economic growth. Especially in developing countries and transition economies, vast potential for energy savings opportunities remain unrealized even though current financial returns are strong. Activities included specialized technical assistance, training, and applied research covering the four primary areas of country interest: (a) development of commercial banking windows for energy efficiency; (b) support for developing energy service companies (ESCOs); (c) guarantee funds for energy efficiency investment financing; and (d) equity funding for ESCOs or energy efficiency projects. One clear message from the experience of the three country Energy Efficiency Project is the importance of establishing and maintaining practical, operationally focused dialogue between the banking community and the energy efficiency practitioner community.
Authors: Robert P. Taylor, Chandrasekar Govindarajalu, Jeremy Levin, Anke S. Meyer, William A. Ward

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The LEMESI is for fast-track projects of SUNREF East Africa, and concerns all projects with a principal amount of debt below to 300,000$ and using standard recognised equipment or measures.

The LEMESI (List of Eligible Measures & Equipment, Suppliers & Installers) purpose is therefore to fast-track small-to-medium size projects making use of the equipment/measure, and Supplier/Installer registered in it.

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