Etihad Airways has officially unveiled the world’s first Transition Sukuk and the first sustainability linked financing in global aviation, under a Transition Finance Framework.
This development comes hot on the heels of the first aviation financing linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals raised in December 2019.
The $600 million transaction will support the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s mission for sustainable aviation by linking the sukuk terms to Etihad’s carbon reduction targets, which include a commitment to Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050; a 50 per cent reduction in net emissions by 2035; and a 20 per cent reduction in emissions intensity in the airline’s passenger fleet by 2025.
“Sustainability and responsible climate action are the most significant challenges facing the aviation industry,” explained chief financial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Adam Boukadida.
“As the UAE’s flag carrier, Etihad is committed to sustainable development in aviation in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision. By issuing a Sustainability-Linked Sukuk, Etihad is voluntarily adding to its existing commitments under CORSIA and also committing to reduce carbon emissions intensity by over 20 per cent from the 2017 baseline,” Boukadida further noted.
HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Sustainability Structuring Agents. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank acted as Joint Lead Managers & Bookrunners. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank acted as Joint Lead Manager, and Mashreq Bank acted as Financial Advisor.