Last updated: 14:33 / Tuesday, 8 March 2022
To close by the second quarter of 2022

Santander Acquires 80% Of a Brazilian ESG Consultancy Firm

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  • WayCarbon has been advising public and private organizations on their energy transition for 15 years, with 170 employees serving clients across 18 countries
  • Santander aims to raise or facilitate $130 billion in green finance between 2019 and 2025 and $239 billion by 2030 as part of its responsible banking agenda and its support for its customers transitioning to a low-carbon economy

Banco Santander announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire 80% of WayCarbon Soluções Ambientais e Projetos de Carbono, a Brazil-based ESG consultancy firm.  

WayCarbon has been advising public and private organizations on their energy transition for 15 years, with 170 employees serving clients across 18 countries

The business provides three core services to help clients develop and implement strategies to increase their sustainability: ESG consultancy; management software to support the tracking and implementation of ESG strategies; and carbon credit trading.  

The acquisition is an important step to further enhance Santander’s own sustainability offerings to support the bank’s clients across all markets in their energy transition. It will also help Santander progress further in its own ESG objectives by engaging in the voluntary carbon market, reforestation and forest conservation programmes and other emissions trading schemes, the company’s press release said.  

The carbon markets allow companies, non-profit organizations, governments and individuals to buy and sell carbon offset credits, an instrument that represents the reduction of a specific amount of emissions.  

José M Linares, global head of Santander Corporate & Investment Banking (Santander CIB), said: “As an industry  leader in ESG, WayCarbon will help us with our own objectives and our clients´ in their transition to more  sustainable business models. Santander has vast experience in sustainable projects and is a global leader and  pioneer in renewable energy finance. This deal will help maintain Santander at the forefront of this critical space”. 

On the other hand, WayCarbon CEO Felipe Bittencourt said: WayCarbon, which has B-corp certification reflecting its commitment  to generating profit with a purpose, is focused on catalyzing the transition to a low-carbon economy and has  been growing fast in the last few years. This agreement with Santander will expand our business's global scale,  with specialized products and services for a wider range of companies in its ten core markets in Europe and the  Americas, so we’ll have a greater impact”. 

Santander aims to raise or facilitate $130 billion (120 billion euros) in green finance between 2019 and 2025 and $239 billion (220 billion euros) by 2030 as part of its responsible banking agenda and its support for its customers transitioning to a low-carbon economy

It is already carbon neutral in its own operations. To reach net-zero emissions for the whole group by 2050 in  support of the Paris Agreement objectives and the transition to a low-carbon economy, Santander will align its  power generation portfolio with the Paris Agreement by 2030.  

The transaction, which is expected to close by the second quarter of 2022, subject to closing conditions, will  have a negligible impact on the group’s capital and deliver a return on invested capital of 30-50% in 3-4 years. 

 

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