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Export Development Canada issues first Green Bond

OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) today priced its first Green Bond in the principal amount of USD 300 million, reflecting EDC's commitment to the environmental aspects of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles.

EDC's current portfolio of green assets includes loans made to companies who are active in fields of preservation, protection or remediation of air, water, and/or soil, or the mitigation of climate change.

The Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), an independent research centre associated with the University of Oslo in Norway, endorsed EDC's Green Bond Framework

"EDC's Green Bond program is an area where the interests of investors and EDC converge, one that we're looking to develop and grow into a regular part of our funding program," said Ken Kember, Senior Vice-President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer. "The Green Bond is a nice balance to EDC's corporate focus on clean technology, an area that will feed new Green Bond issues in years to come."

Examples of the transactions and projects related to EDC's Green Bond program include:

Company/Project   Sector   Location
         
IMPSA (Industrias Metalurgicas
Pescarmona)
  Renewable Energy   Argentina
         
Cascades Inc.   Recycling and Recovery     US
         
Noble Environmental Power   Renewable Energy     US
         
GoldLinQ Consortium   Public Ground Transport    Australia
         
Angel Trains Limited   Public Ground Transport    UK

For more information about EDC's Green Bond program, visit the SEC's website

About EDC

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public- sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

SOURCE Export Development Canada

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