Islamabad July 27 2021: IFC's USD 15 million investment in Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited (EPCL) is also expected to create jobs, improve resource efficiency, and drive economic growth in the country.
A new investment will help increase the availability of hydrogen peroxide and boost competitiveness of the Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and base chemicals sector, while tackling climate change in Pakistan.
IFC's support will allow EPCL—the only vertically integrated PVC and chlor-alkali producer in the country—to expand its product range to include hydrogen peroxide, supporting the growth of textile, buildings, and construction sectors in Pakistan. Further, IFC's long-term investment will contribute approximately USD 57 million to the nation's economy through efficient linkages to the local supply chain and an additional USD 28 million through induced effects.
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IFC's funding will enable EPCL to reduce the usage of imported ethylene in the raw material mix for PVC production. While reducing PVC manufacturing costs, it will help the company enter the hydrogen peroxide market—with a capacity of 28,000 metric tons—as the lowest-cost producer in the country. The climate change mitigation project is also expected to reduce GHG emissions of around 23,074 tons of CO2-equivalent annually and 3,540,000 m3 of natural gas use annually.
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He added, "IFC's investment will also support resource efficiency—through raw materials savings—at the firm level while reducing the usage of oil-based products at the sector level."
IFC's advisory services will help EPCL reduce its carbon footprint and help the company develop a carbon neutrality strategy under the Global Climate Platform and Pakistan Resource Efficiency Advisory projects. EPCL is a subsidiary of Engro Corporation Limited, a strategic IFC client for nearly three decades. IFC's current outstanding exposure to all entities of Engro Corporation stands at USD53.5 million.