UOB commits to 2050 net zero targets to support a just transition for ASEAN

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    31 October 2022


    (From left to right) Mr Frederick Chin, Head, Group Wholesale Banking and Markets, Mr Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eric Lim, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Mr Chan Kok Seong, Chief Risk Officer, at the media conference at UOB Plaza on 31 October 2022.


    UOB today announced ambitious commitments to reach net zero by 2050. This underlines its goal to support a just transition that advances sustainable socioeconomic development in tandem with decarbonisation in Southeast Asia.


    UOB’s commitments cover six sectors, which make up about 60 per cent of its corporate lending portfolio. These six sectors are power, automotive, oil and gas, which are part of the energy value chain, as well as real estate, construction and steel, which are part of the built environment value chain.


    Using internationally-recognised climate science models, UOB based its sectoral targets on regional pathways that align with global net zero goals. This approach to net zero reflects UOB’s strong belief in the need for a just transition in Southeast Asia that continues to support economic growth and improve energy access across the region’s diverse economies.


    Mr Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UOB, said, “In Southeast Asia, our net zero ambitions must go hand in hand with an orderly and just transition to take into account socioeconomic challenges. Even as we cut our carbon footprint, we must ensure that people’s lives and livelihoods can continue to improve.


    “It is important to balance growth with responsibility on our net zero journey. Our targets are ambitious, yet realistic, and they also meet the global goals of net zero for ASEAN.”


    UOB’s commitments include interim 2030 targets to reflect the necessary near-term progress on the path to net zero.


    UOB’s net zero targets and commitments for the six sectors are:

    Sectors Goals by 2030 Goals by 2050
    Power Reduce emissions intensity by 61 per cent Reduce emissions intensity by 98 per cent
    Automotive Reduce emissions intensity by 58 per cent Net zero
    Oil and gas No new project financing for upstream oil and gas projects approved for development after 2022
    Real estate Reduce emissions intensity by 36 per cent Reduce emissions intensity by 97 per cent
    Construction Reduce emissions intensity by 31 per cent Reduce emissions intensity by 85 per cent
    Steel Reduce emissions intensity by 20 per cent Reduce emissions intensity by 92 per cent

    In addition, UOB has committed to exiting financing for the thermal coal sector by 2039. This is on top of its existing prohibitions on new project financing of greenfield or expansion of coal-fired power plants and thermal coal mines.


    UOB is integrating its net zero plans into its business strategies and will step up its efforts in working closely with clients and other stakeholders towards decarbonisation. It will conduct annual reporting to track progress against its net zero commitments. Over time, the Bank will expand the scope of its targets to include additional sectors as data and climate scenarios become available.


    Underlining its commitment to regional and global decarbonisation efforts, UOB is joining the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA)1, which is made up of 121 banks from 41 countries with US$70 trillion in global banking assets.


    For more information, please visit www.UOBSustainability.com.


    1The NZBA is convened by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and is the banking element of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).


    About UOB
    UOB is a leading bank in Asia. Operating through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, UOB has a global network of around 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. Today, UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: Aa1 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA- by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.


    For nearly nine decades, UOB has adopted a customer-centric approach to create long-term value by staying relevant through its enterprising spirit and doing right by its customers. UOB is focused on building the future of ASEAN – for the people and businesses within, and connecting with, ASEAN.


    The Bank connects businesses to opportunities in the region with its unparalleled regional footprint and leverages data and insights to innovate and create personalised banking experiences and solutions catering to each customer’s unique needs and evolving preferences. UOB is also committed to forging a sustainable future through working with its stakeholders to create positive environmental impact, fostering social inclusiveness and pursuing economic progress. UOB believes in being a responsible financial services provider and is steadfast in its support of art, social development of children and education, doing right by its communities and stakeholders.


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