AIIB Signs US$100 Million Inaugural ‘Blue’ Finance Loan

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a US$100 million green and blue loan to JC International Finance & Leasing (JC Leasing), a member of Legend Holdings Corporation. This is AIIB’s first “blue” loan, focused on ocean and coastal preservation and increasing access to clean water resources.

The loan will help grow JC Leasing’s green and blue finance portfolio in China, aligning with AIIB’s thematic priorities of Green Infrastructure and Private Capital Mobilization. Loan proceeds will support blue activities such as water supply and sanitation, along with green activities such as energy efficiency, clean transport and renewable energy.

“This ‘blue’ loan marks a significant milestone in the Bank’s efforts to support climate change mitigation and enhance clean water resources,” said Najeeb Haider, Director General of AIIB’s Project and Corporate Finance Clients Department (Global).

“The inaugural venture highlights our dedication to pioneering innovative financing solutions in the climate sector. It sets a precedent for future blue finance initiatives, enhancing AIIB’s role in climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability.”

JC Leasing has a robust track record in the leasing industry across various sectors including advanced manufacturing, power and water supply, transportation, education, healthcare and social services. The AIIB loan will enable JC Leasing to expand its climate-focused initiatives, aiming to grow its climate leasing portfolio to about 15% by 2028.

The financing adheres to the Green Loan Principles of the Loan Market Association, ensuring transparency in use of proceeds, monitoring and reporting. AIIB is collaborating with the International Finance Corporation to jointly support JC Leasing.