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OECD deal promises UKEF boost for 'climate-friendly' exporters

Nations of high economic status have supported a scheme to motivate the exportation of environmentally friendly technologies as the UK considers altering its approach to revealing climate fund information.

This week, international trade regulations were implemented, enabling British exporters to access loans for investments focused on climate-friendly initiatives at more advantageous terms.

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has agreed to a new arrangement in which national export credit agencies may offer businesses developing projects such as renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production, grid infrastructure, and clean transport technologies longer repayment terms and more flexible repayment structures.

A modification to a prior "gentleman's agreement" has been established to encourage overseas environmentally-friendly business deals and to enable companies to "cope with the economic and financial requirements of [clean energy and infrastructure] projects more proficiently, and to make them more competitive in the current market," according to an OECD government statement.

The UK government announced that British exporters trading in renewable or 'green' activities can now access "more convenient and competitive" support from UK Export Finance (UKEF).

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a coalition of affluent nations that have promised via the UN climate agreement to dramatically increase the amount of finance given to countries dealing with climate change and help those countries adjust to the worsening climate conditions.

Government-backed loans, guarantees, or insurance are provided by national export credit agencies such as UKEF, which in turn help to drive investments to particular sectors.

Under the new terms of the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits, which was agreed upon by OECD countries, maximum repayment periods for investments in specific sectors have been extended from 15 years to 22 years. These sectors include 'environmentally sustainable energy production', carbon capture storage and transportation, clean hydrogen and ammonia, low-emissions manufacturing, zero and low-emissions transport, and pure energy minerals and ores.

This week, the UK government started a consultation over thirty days to modify how they report on international climate finance flows, coinciding with the trade reform introduction.

Leaked documents have shown that the government is unlikely to reach its goal of providing £11.6bn in climate and nature aid to developing nations by 2026.

Specialists cautioned that if the objective were not attained, it would break the confidence in the vital UN climate process and cause considerable harm to the UK's standing.

The introduction to the consultation observed that specific UK programs in international climate finance (ICF) may have yet to report all relevant KPIs due to capacity limitations, proportionality, or a desire to maximize value for money.

The report outlines that programmes that may need to be counted in ICF can range from financing research and development projects to offering technical aid or improving governance, all of which "contribute to an effect by generating wider advantages instead of direct intervention".

The government is looking into including key performance indicators (KPIs) for "technical assistance" in this year's international climate finance results, as well as creating a modified scoring system for a hand that gauges the potential of an ICF intervention to bring about 'transformational change'.


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