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Sustainable finance and infrastructure

Our commitment to sustainable growth and to the transition to a low carbon economy is realised through various financial products and services, with a special focus on the financing of renewable energy projects, where we are one of the leading banks worldwide by business volume.

  • Financing renewable energy projects

    At Santander we actively participate in the financing of renewable energy projects, such as photovoltaic plants, wind farms or thermosolar and / or hydraulic power plants, among others. These projects are developed in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Chile or Uruguay.

    We are ranked as one of the leading entities in the financing of renewable energy projects internationaly according to the Dealogic League tables.
  • Energy efficiency projects

    In cooperation with multilateral entities –such as the Development Bank of the Council of Europe, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – , we offer our customers credit lines for energy efficiency and renewable projects in Spain, Brazil, Poland and Peru.
  • Products and services for sustainable arable and livestock farming 

    We fund agricultural initiatives that promote sustainable practices.

    Santander Brazil provides funding to businesses and individuals to help them develop environmental projects relating to energy efficiency in the agricultural sector. Bunge, Santander Brazil and The Nature Conservancy offer soy farmers long-term loans to expand production without clearing native habitat in the Brazilian region of Cerrado.

    In Spain, app agro brings farmers breaking news about agriculture, especially news related to government subsidies and information about crop prices as well as agricultural products. 
  • Financing for electric vehicles (EV), hybrid and low carbon emissions

    We support the evolution of the automotive sector towards an economy with low CO2 emissions through the financing of vehicles, hybrids and electric in the countries where we operate, with a special focus in Spain and Germany.

    In Brazil, the Bank offers all customers who take a loan to buy a car, a tool to offset the emissions of the financed vehicles, as well as their personal activities through the acquisition of carbon credits, through the 'Reduces e Compensation' program.

    Likewise, Santander in countries such Spain, Germany or the United Kingdom sponsors eco-friendly alternatives to a car, like, for example, electric bicycles.
  • Green bonds & ESG loans

    Through our Santander Corporate & Investment Banking division we act as joint bookrunner in numerous emissions of green & sustainable bonds and ESG loans.


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More information

2018 Annual Report, Responsible Banking chapter
2017 Financial inclusion report