Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) invests in leading climate tech company KOKO as part of carbon business growth

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) invests in leading climate tech company KOKO as part of carbon business growth

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) invests in leading climate tech company KOKO as part of carbon business growth

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) invests in leading climate tech company KOKO as part of carbon business growth

RMB (www.RMB.co.za) announced today a strategic partnership with climate technology leader KOKO, where it has acted as the lead mandated arranger and financier for a pioneering carbon financing solution, to further propel KOKO’s climate objectives.

In Africa, over 900 million people cook with polluting fuels like charcoal, directly driving millions of hectares of deforestation and over 600,000 deaths from household air pollution each year, and emitting greenhouse gases that are similar in scale to the global aviation industry. To solve this problem, a continent-wide energy transition to clean and modern fuels is required.

KOKO is leading this transition, replacing demand for charcoal through supplying over 1.1 million homes with bioethanol cooking fuel distributed through a dense network of high-tech KOKO Fuel ATMs located in thousands of corner stores across urban Kenya. The resultant carbon revenues are shared with households as a non-government energy subsidy, enabling even the poorest households to switch.

Says Phil Norton, Carbon Finance Lead at RMB: “We are proud to partner with KOKO in supporting their continued rapid growth while bringing far more affordable and lower emissions energy to millions of people in Africa. As a pan-African investment bank, this deal fits well within our ambition to build a market leading carbon trading and finance business operating across Africa, serving both existing and new clients.”

According to Greg Murray, CEO&Co-Founder of KOKO, RMB has demonstrated strong conviction on the opportunity to harness carbon in a manner that transforms the lives of Africa’s citizens. “We’ve been looking for an entrepreneurial banking partner that understands Africa, climate markets and technology. We are proud to embark on this long-term partnership with RMB to help accelerate the expansion of KOKO’s platform across Africa.”

Nigel Beck, Head of Sustainable Finance and ESG Advisory at RMB, adds: “Partnering with KOKO will help develop the African carbon market and will align closely with the Nairobi Declaration, Africa’s recently communicated strategy on using carbon as a mechanism to help finance Africa’s Energy transition.”

The Nairobi Declaration was delivered at the close of the Africa Climate Summit in Kenya in September this year and forms a core part of Africa’s negotiating position at the COP28 climate summit currently underway.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Rand Merchant Bank.

Joandra Griesel

About RMB:
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African corporate and investment bank (CIB) and part of the largest financial services group (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly owned by FirstRand Limited). We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

With a presence in 10 African countries, we have a significant footprint on the continent. We also have access to a network of retail banks, representative offices and branches across Africa, the UK, India and the US.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by asking the hard questions. We challenge accepted thinking. We analyse and seek solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities, while delivering on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric solutions and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart.

For more information please visit: www.RMB.co.za