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See frequently asked questions and answers about credit guarantees for green investments.
Questions and answers regarding Credit guarantees for green investments
Even with a well-functioning financial market, there may be challenges in financing environmental investments involving loans with long maturities.
To be eligible for a guarantee, a loan must amount to at least SEK 500 million.
The central government shares the risk with the lender and guarantees up to 80 per cent of the loan.
Credit institutions can apply for risk coverage for loans to both Swedish and foreign companies. The crucial factor is that the industrial investment must be in Sweden and the investment itself must meet the specified criteria.
The industrial investment must be in Sweden and the investment itself must meet the criteria specified in the Regulation (2021:524) on state credit guarantees for green investments.
The Debt Office will post an application form on its website soon. Until then, lenders can submit an expression of interest.
The borrower pays interest to the lender as usual. The lender in turn pays a guarantee fee to the Debt Office based on the borrower’s creditworthiness.
Guarantee fees are set in accordance with Regulation (2021:524) on state credit guarantees for green investments. This means that the guarantee fee must be market-based.
The companies making the investment will be evaluated on three areas: integrity, creditworthiness, and the environmental evaluation of the investment in question.
The EU’s taxonomy forms the initial basis for the Debt Office’s environmental evaluation. Refer to the report about the environmental evaluation (in Swedish), which has been produced in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
The Debt Office will not set any general requirements in this regard, as it is not stipulated by Regulation (2021:524) on state credit guarantees for green investments or the assignment.