BRUSSELS – December 14, 2022 – Today in Brussels, it was announced that the Government of Viet Nam will pursue an ambitious national effort under a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) to ramp up renewable energy and accelerate the phasing down of fossil fuels, alongside investment in transition-aligned jobs and industries of the future. Recognizing the scale of the investment needed to deliver on these ambitious goals, the International Partners Group (IPG), co-led by the European Union and the United Kingdom, are committing to mobilize an initial $7.75 billion over a three-to-five-year period to support the Government of Viet Nam in implementation of the Viet Nam JETP.
Given the importance of ensuring that the leadership shown by the Government of Viet Nam, with the support of the IPG, catalyzes significant private investment, the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), the world’s largest coalition of financial institutions with ambitious science-based commitments to the net-zero transition, confirms today that it will work in support of these efforts, with a particular focus on the mobilization of private capital. To this end, GFANZ has established a Working Group of net-zero-committed financial institutions. The initial Working Group members – Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Macquarie, Mizuho Financial Group, MUFG, Prudential Plc, Shinhan Financial Group, SMBC Group and Standard Chartered – have been working with partners in support of the Viet Nam JETP by identifying barriers to sourcing the necessary private investment, advocating for the reforms necessary to address those barriers, and identifying approaches that could help crowd in private finance at scale.
The financing needed to support transition is significant, and it will be imperative that serious levels of private finance are mobilized to meet the ambitious goals laid out in the Viet Nam Government and IPG JETP announcement. As firms committed to net zero, GFANZ members – including the named Working Group members – are seeking to ensure that there are transition-aligned financing opportunities around the world. By working through the Viet Nam JETP, these firms, and others with similar levels of commitment to unlocking transition finance, have the opportunity to significantly increase the amount of finance allocated to transition-aligned companies and projects.
As part of today’s announcement, the GFANZ Working Group members have committed to working closely with the Viet Nam Government and the IPG toward the mobilization and facilitation of at least $7.75 billion in private finance in support of an ambitious transition path and investment plan. With collective ambition by all parties, including using public financing catalytically to crowd in private finance, the initial $7.75 billion commitment by the public sector has the potential to generate significantly more in private finance.
The commitment is subject to the involved governments and partners working closely with GFANZ and the private sector to ensure (i) continued progress in improvements to the local and international policy and enabling environment; (ii) the availability and deployment of catalytic public finance, including in structures and forms that can be used to appropriately de-risk and crowd in private finance; and (iii) a robust pipeline of competitively tendered projects that are demonstrably consistent with the JETP’s ambitious transition pathway.
In the coming months, the GFANZ Working Group will work with Viet Nam, the IPG, public financial institutions, and other JETP partners to take the next steps needed to implement the vision of the JETP.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Co-Chair, GFANZ, and UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions: “Viet Nam has great potential to become a regional leader for clean energy. Through public and private collaboration, we can speed up the investment needed for Viet Nam to meet its climate targets, grow its economy, create new jobs, and improve public health all at the same time.”
Mark Carney, Co-Chair, GFANZ, and UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance: “Today’s announcement is an important step to unlocking the financing needed to accelerate clean energy investment in Viet Nam. GFANZ will now work to mobilize private capital at scale to help Viet Nam realize its ambitious climate strategy.”
Mary Schapiro, Vice Chair, GFANZ: “Mobilizing capital to emerging markets and developing economies is critical if the world is to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Today’s announcement in Viet Nam is an important development and the latest example of how private finance can work with governments to secure a cleaner and more sustainable future. We look forward to working with the partners and delivering for the people of Viet Nam.”
Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America: “The private sector is playing an important role in directing capital where it can have a significant impact on the world’s just transition to a more sustainable future.”
Jane Fraser, CEO, Citi: “When the private and public sectors work together, we can drive real progress on our climate goals. Today’s announcement is the latest proof point that, with the proper policy measures in place, financial institutions have a critical role to play in mobilizing the capital needed to facilitate the global net zero transition.”
Christian Sewing, CEO, Deutsche Bank: “Deutsche Bank is pleased to join the GFANZ Working Group in support of the Viet Nam Just Energy Transition Partnership. We have been deeply committed to helping build Viet Nam’s financial markets for 30 years; bringing the full force of our firm to deliver climate-aligned investment in Viet Nam is a critical next step in that journey. The private sector and markets have an important role to play in allocating capital to drive development towards a more sustainable future.”
Noel Quinn, Group Chief Executive, HSBC: “HSBC is committed to supporting its clients in emerging markets to reduce their emissions in a way that supports continued economic growth and ensures a secure long-term energy supply. The JETP is a mechanism through which we can get into the detail of how we achieve these goals, and we look forward to working with our partners in Viet Nam to support its transition to net zero.”
Shemara Wikramanayake, CEO, Macquarie: “Viet Nam has great potential to rapidly scale its offshore and onshore renewables to support its growth and development. We look forward to supporting the development of this ambitious new Just Energy Transition Partnership by building on our existing presence in the country.”
Masahiro Kihara, CEO, Mizuho Financial Group: “Mizuho is honored to be part of the GFANZ Working Group supporting the mobilization of capital to help Viet Nam meet its climate goals. Mizuho has contributed to Viet Nam’s economic development for 25 years. Mizuho will accelerate our contribution further to achieve a just and orderly energy transition in Viet Nam in close cooperation with all public and private stakeholders.”
Hironori Kamezawa, Group CEO, MUFG: “As an Asia-headquartered financial institution with an extensive footprint in Viet Nam, MUFG is excited to be part of the GFANZ working group committed to work with the governments of Viet Nam, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and other members of the IPG. We look forward to working closely with the public and private institutions to catalyze Viet Nam’s energy transition, which can unlock further economic growth in a just and orderly manner.”
Mark FitzPatrick, CEO, Prudential Plc: “As the first foreign insurer in Vietnam, over the past thirty years, we have been a proud partner on the country’s financial sector development deepening the capital market, insuring Vietnamese families and building resilience in the economy. In recent years, both our asset manager and insurance businesses have been working with Vietnamese policy and regulatory partners on the question of sustainability, and we are therefore thrilled to represent our sector on the JETP Working Group. A just and inclusive transition to net zero is of critical importance across Asia and we believe that the financial community has an important role to play. We will therefore look forward to supporting the Vietnamese and the IPG government partners, along with other financial institutions in Vietnam to realise their own vision of a just transition.”
Cho Yong-byoung, CEO, Shinhan Financial Group: “The Viet Nam JETP will empower a green future in Viet Nam and Shinhan Financial Group is honored to work with private finance and the public sector to harness the power of finance and move forward on the path to Viet Nam’s greener future. Shinhan Financial Group is committed to net-zero transition, and we believe that this partnership is the beginning of many more transitions to come.”
Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered: “We are proud to play a leading role in this landmark cross-sector initiative to deliver green and transition finance to Viet Nam. With emerging markets already experiencing demonstrable effects of climate change, and requiring significant financing to underpin the transition to a sustainable and prosperous future, combined investment at scale from public and private sources will be an essential component.”
Jun Ohta, CEO, SMBC Group: “We aim to grow together with Viet Nam, which is one of the main focus countries under SMBC Group’s Multi-franchise Strategy in Asia. It is important for the private and public sectors to work together to mobilize capital needed to accelerate Viet Nam’s transition to net zero. SMBC Group is proud to be a member of the GFANZ Working Group to support realizing a just transition towards a sustainable energy future for Viet Nam.”
The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) is a global coalition of seven financial sector-specific net-zero alliances working together to accelerate the world’s transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and achieve the objective of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C. Through this coalition, GFANZ has united over 550 member firms from across the financial sector, including banks, insurers, asset owners, asset managers, financial service providers and investment consultants, spanning 50 jurisdictions.