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Every great ambition contributing to a more sustainable future needs an efficient sustainable finance solution.

The world is urging all of us to rethink our impact and act for a fair social and environmental transition. These past years, our commitment, methodology and actions were rewarded by a long series of prestigious sustainability-related awards (IFR, The Banker, Euromoney, Global Finance). This is the result of more than 20 years of thought leadership and innovation by our teams who never stop in the face of a great challenge, for our clients and the next generations. 

The best way to illustrate what we do, is to share with you great and innovative projects initiated with our clients, propelling us toward a more sustainable future, through a first series focusing on #PoweringTheEnergyTransition.

Highlights of a few projects
all over the world

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ENERGY TRANSITION STORIES

Fostering the rise of photovoltaic and the energy transition in Africa
With the "Solar Pack" offer, Societe Generale supports its corporate and institutional clients in the energy transition...
Clients' successes
With the "Solar Pack" offer, Societe Generale supports its corporate and institutional clients in the energy transition of the African continent.
Fostering the rise of photovoltaic and the energy transition in Africa
Japan: Lighting the way for the energy transition with a ground-breaking solar project
A first-of-its-kind solar project in Japan could serve as a template for the use of virtual power purchase agreements*...
Powering Energy Transition
A first-of-its-kind solar project in Japan could serve as a template for the use of virtual power purchase agreements* in project financing.
Japan: Lighting the way for the energy transition with a ground-breaking solar project
Renewing India: an energy transition that is well on the way
Every country is striving to reach net zero carbon emissions in the coming decades. But not all of them face India’s...
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Every country is striving to reach net zero carbon emissions in the coming decades. But not all of them face India’s additional challenges of trying to decarbonise a rapidly growing economy, while also extending electricity coverage to a still largely rural population of 1.4 billion.
Renewing India: an energy transition that is well on the way
Asia Pacific’s sustainable finance market has reached a pivotal moment
As stakeholders push companies to become more sustainable, technology, regulation and national support measures are all...
Expert views
As stakeholders push companies to become more sustainable, technology, regulation and national support measures are all evolving rapidly to make this possible, allowing investors to deploy more capital with greater certainty.
Asia Pacific’s sustainable finance market has reached a pivotal moment
Steel production: replacing coal with green hydrogen
H2 Green Steel, the first large-scale project in the green steel sector, recently announced completion of a financing...
Powering Energy Transition
H2 Green Steel, the first large-scale project in the green steel sector, recently announced completion of a financing package of more than EUR 6bn.
Steel production: replacing coal with green hydrogen
A gigafactory to produce greener batteries in Sweden
As Europe transitions to electric cars and, with the end of sales of new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, the...
Clients' successes
As Europe transitions to electric cars and, with the end of sales of new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, the need for electric batteries to support the transition is growing.
A gigafactory to produce greener batteries in Sweden
Towards a low-carbon cement in Senegal
The challenges of decarbonizing African cities are numerous, considering the continent’s economic and demographic...
Powering Energy Transition
The challenges of decarbonizing African cities are numerous, considering the continent’s economic and demographic growth. The cement sector, a key sector for Africa’s development, is one of them.
Towards a low-carbon cement in Senegal
Largest solar photovoltaic project underway in the Sultanate of Oman
The Manah 1 project, in line with the “Oman Vision 2040” will increase power generation capacity through renewable...
Clients' successes
The Manah 1 project, in line with the “Oman Vision 2040” will increase power generation capacity through renewable independent power projects.
Largest solar photovoltaic project underway in the Sultanate of Oman
Propelling the future of UK offshore wind growth with Masdar
A rapid shift to renewable energy is crucial if the UK is to meet its climate change goals. Wind power is key to...
Clients' successes
A rapid shift to renewable energy is crucial if the UK is to meet its climate change goals. Wind power is key to achieving the UK’s renewable energy targets and could contribute towards reaching net zero by 2050.
Propelling the future of UK offshore wind growth with Masdar
A new gigafactory in the French “battery valley”
Being one of the first of its kind in the Hauts de France region, the AESC gigafactory project will contribute to...
Clients' successes
Being one of the first of its kind in the Hauts de France region, the AESC gigafactory project will contribute to accelerate France’s energy transition and decarbonization efforts as well as reindustrialization, by scaling up the battery technology production needed for the accelerating pace of vehicle electrification.
A new gigafactory in the French “battery valley”
Accelerating the uptake of distributed solar energy systems in New Zealand
State-owned New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) has reached a major milestone in its support for the country’s...
Powering Energy Transition
State-owned New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) has reached a major milestone in its support for the country’s energy transition with an innovative solar finance debt programme.
Accelerating the uptake of distributed solar energy systems in New Zealand
Eurazeo announces beginning of fundraising for dedicated vehicle supporting sustainable transition of the maritime sector and has appointed Societe Generale as advisor
Eurazeo is pleased to announce the start of fundraising for the “Eurazeo Maritime Transition Fund” and has appointed...
Providing clean energy to more than 1.5 million households in Poland
Upon its completion in 2026, the Baltic Power wind farm will start producing electricity to power over 1.5 million...
Clients' successes
Upon its completion in 2026, the Baltic Power wind farm will start producing electricity to power over 1.5 million households.
Providing clean energy to more than 1.5 million households in Poland
Societe Generale and Brookfield partner to launch a EUR 10 billion private debt
Global partnership brings large-scale private capital to investment grade market while giving investors access to high...
Press release
Global partnership brings large-scale private capital to investment grade market while giving investors access to high quality real asset credit opportunities.
Societe Generale and Brookfield partner to launch a EUR 10 billion private debt
A bank-wide effort to grow sustainable finance in Asia Pacific
Banks have a critical role to play in scaling up finance and investment to address sustainability challenges. In Asia...
Expert views
Banks have a critical role to play in scaling up finance and investment to address sustainability challenges. In Asia Pacific, a holistic approach is needed to support corporates and investors in their transition.
A bank-wide effort to grow sustainable finance in Asia Pacific
One of the world’s biggest utility-scale battery energy storage systems to be built in Australia
Shell Energy Australia and Eku Energy, the latter being a company initially established by Macquarie’s Green Investment...
Clients' successes
Shell Energy Australia and Eku Energy, the latter being a company initially established by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, are developing solutions for Australia’s green revolution
One of the world’s biggest utility-scale battery energy storage systems to be built in Australia
Round-the-clock renewables: a pioneering ‘always on’ power generation in India
India’s ReNew is launching the country’s first project that combines generation from solar and wind farms with...
Clients' successes
India’s ReNew is launching the country’s first project that combines generation from solar and wind farms with affordable energy storage in order to produce ‘always on’ power.
Round-the-clock renewables: a pioneering ‘always on’ power generation in India
One of Africa's largest wind farms to be built in the Gulf of Suez
A new 500 MW onshore wind farm in Egypt will become one of the largest wind farms in Africa.
Clients' successes
A new 500 MW onshore wind farm in Egypt will become one of the largest wind farms in Africa.
One of Africa's largest wind farms to be built in the Gulf of Suez
Unleashing Australia’s renewable potential
Australia’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050 will...
Expert views
Australia’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050 will require contributions from different parties.
Unleashing Australia’s renewable potential
Generating green electricity for the equivalent of over 1 million households in Germany
EnBW, a leading developer in offshore wind, is building one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms, He Dreiht, in the...
Clients' successes
EnBW, a leading developer in offshore wind, is building one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms, He Dreiht, in the North Sea. Societe Generale has been advising EnBW in the context of the project for almost two years.
Generating green electricity for the equivalent of over 1 million households in Germany
The Vendée offshore wind farm, the energy from the sea
62 wind turbines for a major milestone for offshore wind development in France
Clients' successes
62 wind turbines for a major milestone for offshore wind development in France
The Vendée offshore wind farm, the energy from the sea
Best Investment Bank for Sustainable Financing 2023
Societe Generale named "Best Investment Bank for Sustainable Financing” by Global Finance, for the second year in a row.
Awards & Rankings
Societe Generale named "Best Investment Bank for Sustainable Financing” by Global Finance, for the second year in a row.
Best Investment Bank for Sustainable Financing 2023
Financing solar energy projects in Central and West Africa
The Afrigreen Debt Impact Fund attracts a consortium of investors as part of its first closing.
Clients' successes
The Afrigreen Debt Impact Fund attracts a consortium of investors as part of its first closing.
Financing solar energy projects in Central and West Africa
Invest without Carbon: Greenflation, and turning costs into opportunities through ESG research
Energy transition comes at a cost, which market participants and policymakers have called “greenflation”. Greenflation...
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Energy transition comes at a cost, which market participants and policymakers have called “greenflation”. Greenflation is the inflation created when prices of commodities needed to green the economy rise due to increased demand or reduced supply.
Invest without Carbon: Greenflation, and turning costs into opportunities through ESG research
Charging up Down Under: the potential of Australia’s electric vehicle market
Almost 90% of households in Australia own a vehicle, with over half owning more than one; and the average Australian...
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Almost 90% of households in Australia own a vehicle, with over half owning more than one; and the average Australian drives nearly 13,000km per year (Footnote 1,2). Both numbers are higher than almost anywhere except North America.
Charging up Down Under: the potential of Australia’s electric vehicle market
Senegal illuminated by the world’s most extensive public solar lighting project
More than 100,000 off-grid solar streetlights in over 400 cities across Senegal will bring eco-friendly lighting to the...
Clients' successes
More than 100,000 off-grid solar streetlights in over 400 cities across Senegal will bring eco-friendly lighting to the population along roads, schools, hospitals, in public areas and national parks.
Senegal illuminated by the world’s most extensive public solar lighting project
From Renewables to Real Estate, Societe Generale is helping Clients across Asia Pacific advance on their Journey to Sustainability
There is no question that 2022 was a challenging year, with geopolitical turmoil, rising inflation and interest rates,...
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There is no question that 2022 was a challenging year, with geopolitical turmoil, rising inflation and interest rates, slowing economic growth and real concern over energy security and supply chains.
From Renewables to Real Estate, Societe Generale is helping Clients across Asia Pacific advance on their Journey to Sustainability
How Sustainable Trade Finance is driving Asia’s Energy Transition
Being amongst the pioneer on Sustainable Trade Finance, Societe Generale has developed several trade finance products to...
Expert views
Being amongst the pioneer on Sustainable Trade Finance, Societe Generale has developed several trade finance products to help support its clients in their transition. Shujue Cai, Head of Structured Trade and ESG Transaction Banking for Asia Pacific, shares her views on how sustainable trade finance solutions create positive impact to our clients, environment...
How Sustainable Trade Finance is driving Asia’s Energy Transition
Powering NYC into the 22nd Century
With the Champlain Hudson Power Express project
Clients' successes
With the Champlain Hudson Power Express project
Powering NYC into the 22nd Century
Storming ahead: the potential of offshore wind in North Asia
Although it is becoming increasingly well established in Asia, the potential of renewable energy to help combat climate...
Expert views
Although it is becoming increasingly well established in Asia, the potential of renewable energy to help combat climate change remains huge in a region that accounts for 60% of the world’s population and more than 50% of global carbon emissions.
Storming ahead: the potential of offshore wind in North Asia
Repowering treatment for the oldest wind farm in Africa
The oldest utility-scale wind farm in Africa located in Koudia al Baida will double its capacity to 100MW.
Energy
The oldest utility-scale wind farm in Africa located in Koudia al Baida will double its capacity to 100MW.
Repowering treatment for the oldest wind farm in Africa
Step by step: how to build a viable hydrogen ecosystem
The world is betting on hydrogen. This simplest of elements is increasingly being regarded as a big part of the solution...
Expert views
The world is betting on hydrogen. This simplest of elements is increasingly being regarded as a big part of the solution to global climate change. However the world is only at the start of a potential ‘hydrogen economy’ and Asia boasts some of the most interesting potential.
Step by step: how to build a viable hydrogen ecosystem
Unlocking the zero-carbon potential of the East Coast Cluster in Teesside
Advising on Net Zero Teesside Power and the Northern Endurance Partnership that will use innovative carbon capture...
Clients' successes
Advising on Net Zero Teesside Power and the Northern Endurance Partnership that will use innovative carbon capture technology and subsea CO2 storage to power the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster.
Unlocking the zero-carbon potential of the East Coast Cluster in Teesside
The clean energy market is showing good health, unlike most other sectors
Despite the challenging global market conditions, Opdenergy, a Spanish Independent Power Producer (IPP), focused on...
Clients' successes
Despite the challenging global market conditions, Opdenergy, a Spanish Independent Power Producer (IPP), focused on solar photovoltaic and onshore wind energy production, successfully completed its IPO last July with a high-quality demand.
The clean energy market is showing good health, unlike most other sectors
A measured approach to sustainable investment in Asia Pacific
Asset managers in Asia Pacific are working hard to refine the recipe for sustainable investing. Selecting the right...
ESG investment
Asset managers in Asia Pacific are working hard to refine the recipe for sustainable investing. Selecting the right ingredients is the first step to success.
A measured approach to sustainable investment in Asia Pacific
Helping to make data centers more climate friendly
Big builders of data centers are responding to climate change by both decarbonizing with new and upgraded facilities,...
Clients' successes
Big builders of data centers are responding to climate change by both decarbonizing with new and upgraded facilities, and ensuring power is used as efficiently as possible. Some new data center facilities rely almost entirely on renewable energy. Designs for new data centers seek to achieve Power Utilization Efficiency (“PUE”) better (lower) than industry...
Helping to make data centers more climate friendly
Fuelling the Hydrogen Economy in the UK
Kickstarting the country’s hydrogen future, Vertex Hydrogen is designing, developing, and building the UK's first large...
NeuConnect – a new electricity link between Germany and the UK
To achieve its climate and energy goals, Europe needs to improve cross-border electricity interconnections. The EU has...
Clients' successes
To achieve its climate and energy goals, Europe needs to improve cross-border electricity interconnections. The EU has set an interconnection target to encourage European countries to interconnect their installed electricity production capacity. NeuConnect will be the first interconnector between Germany and the UK, two of Europe’s largest energy markets.
NeuConnect – a new electricity link between Germany and the UK
eFuels propelling us towards a carbon neutral future
Company looks to deploy $50 billion of capital to develop, construct, and operate facilities in the United States,...
Sustainable & Positive Impact Finance
Company looks to deploy $50 billion of capital to develop, construct, and operate facilities in the United States, Chile, Uruguay and Australia that will produce approximately 150,000 barrels of carbon-neutral eFuels daily and decarbonize more than 5 million vehicles.
eFuels propelling us towards a carbon neutral future
Societe Generale supported Flying Whales in its third round of fundraising to develop a low-environmental-impact cargo airship
On June 23rd, 2022, FLYING WHALES closed its third equity fundraising of EUR 122 million to finish the development and...
Clients' successes
On June 23rd, 2022, FLYING WHALES closed its third equity fundraising of EUR 122 million to finish the development and launch the production of the LCA60T airship.
Societe Generale supported Flying Whales in its third round of fundraising to develop a low-environmental-impact cargo airship
Chile and the Rise of Sustainability-Linked Finance
Landmark bond serves as model to finance the vast environmental and social ambitions of countries
Expert views
Landmark bond serves as model to finance the vast environmental and social ambitions of countries
Chile and the Rise of Sustainability-Linked Finance
Energising the UK’s Offshore Windfarm Capabilities
New subsea power cable manufacturing and R&D facility to enhance the UK’s growing offshore windfarm capabilities, while...
Clients' successes
New subsea power cable manufacturing and R&D facility to enhance the UK’s growing offshore windfarm capabilities, while helping to reassert the North East of England as a manufacturing heartland.
Energising the UK’s Offshore Windfarm Capabilities
How sustainable bond innovation fuels positive change
The expansion of the sustainable bond market is opening up new funding opportunities for a wider range of companies and...
Expert views
The expansion of the sustainable bond market is opening up new funding opportunities for a wider range of companies and connecting investors with projects that support Asia’s transition to a low-carbon future.
How sustainable bond innovation fuels positive change
Providing green liquidity: Sustainable working capital for China’s energy transition
A key player in the Asia Pacific renewable energy sector has accessed essential working capital through a pioneering...
Clients' successes
A key player in the Asia Pacific renewable energy sector has accessed essential working capital through a pioneering green working capital loan. Societe Generale’s teams worked closely together to provide the advice and funding that made it all happen.
Providing green liquidity: Sustainable working capital for China’s energy transition
Greenlink, connecting the energy transition
Find out more about the Greenlink Interconnector, the first privately funded interconnector in Europe which will be a...
Energy & natural resources
Find out more about the Greenlink Interconnector, the first privately funded interconnector in Europe which will be a key piece of the energy transition story: an article written by Michael De Witte, Director, Energy Advisory & Project Finance, Nathalie Lemarcis, Co-Head of Energy Advisory and Project Finance, Societe Generale in London and James O’Reilly,...
Greenlink, connecting the energy transition
Sustainability financing to support the sale of zero-emission electric vehicles and lower income people
Hyundai Card combined its securitisation experience and ESG ambition in a pioneering offering of sustainability...
Clients' successes
Hyundai Card combined its securitisation experience and ESG ambition in a pioneering offering of sustainability asset-backed securities (ABS), aligning with both social and environmental objectives.
Sustainability financing to support the sale of zero-emission electric vehicles and lower income people
Cash management as a catalyst for China’s green development
Short-term green deposits are gaining traction as enterprises seek to make a lasting difference in the decarbonisation...
Expert views
Short-term green deposits are gaining traction as enterprises seek to make a lasting difference in the decarbonisation agenda
Cash management as a catalyst for China’s green development
Up to 380,000 Homes to be Energized by Greenlink Interconnector
Greenlink Interconnector to link the power markets of Ireland and Great Britain, enhancing energy supply, creating jobs,...
Clients' successes
Greenlink Interconnector to link the power markets of Ireland and Great Britain, enhancing energy supply, creating jobs, and supporting the growth and integration of low carbon energy.
Up to 380,000 Homes to be Energized by Greenlink Interconnector
Funding India’s net-zero charge
India’s energy transition will require the full support of the public and private sectors – and billions of dollars in...
Expert views
India’s energy transition will require the full support of the public and private sectors – and billions of dollars in investment. With the right frameworks now in place, India has momentum on its side.
Funding India’s net-zero charge
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