Who is eligible for an EKF cleantech guarantee?
Both Danish and international companies and financial institutions can apply for an EKF cleantech guarantee.
How much does a cleantech guarantee cover?
No limit applies to the amount covered by a cleantech guarantee.
What type of cleantech guarantee is available?
When EKF assists in a cleantech project, it does so on the basis of both tailored cleantech guarantees and standard EKF guarantees. In both cases, the guarantee protects the exporter against commercial and political risks on international markets.
EKF offers cleantech guarantees in these areas:
• Standard export credit guarantee. EKF assumes liability for the credit risk posed by the buyer.
• Guarantee for export of new technologies. Assures the Danish company of financing to undertake exports of new technologies.
• Utility-cost saving guarantees. Secures payments that are contingent on energy and water savings.
• Guarantee for financing of ESCOs. Guarantee for payments and a financing facility when an ESCO (energy service company) is involved.
• Guarantee against failure to issue carbon credits. Protection against loss due to a country's failure to issue carbon credits.
• Guarantee against breach of agreement to pay by means of carbon credits. Protection against loss due to failure to supply carbon credits.
• Guarantee for advance payment for carbon projects. Guarantees compensation for advance payment for carbon credits if the carbon credits are not supplied.
What terms and conditions apply to an EKF cleantech guarantee?
Your company is required to meet a number of conditions in order to qualify for EKF assistance. The export order must promote economic growth in Denmark, and the buyer must be rated as creditworthy based on a thorough assessment designed to hold the Danish government free from losses.
Any business dealings involving the order must comply with EKF's requirement for good environmental conduct and corporate social responsibility. Bribery or other corrupt practices must not be used in any export transaction, and your company must be willing to allow EKF to publish certain standard details of the export transaction.
What does EKF cover?
EKF’s guarantees cover extraordinary risks which private banks and insurance companies are either unable or unwilling to cover. EKF pays out compensation if your company or your bank makes a loss on an export venture or investment abroad as a result of commercial or political risks.
A commercial risk might mean that your company's buyer is unable to pay due to liquidation, insolvency, cancellation of contract or because the buyer is unwilling to pay. The foreign buyer has to be rated as creditworthy by EKF before a guarantee can be issued.
A political risk might entail that your company does not receive payment for products due to impediments in the country you are exporting to. Such impediments include war (external armed conflict and domestic political violence), currency shortage, restrictions on use of currency, import or export bans, and interventions by local authorities that make it impossible to receive payment for the products.
What does it cost?
Advice is available free of charge from EKF, and a conditional guarantee quotation is also free of charge. The quotation is valid for up to six months.
Your company pays a premium for an EKF guarantee. We calculate the premium on the basis of the overall risk of the specific export venture: sector, bank, repayment term, the foreign buyer's circumstances and political conditions in the country.
You can get an idea of the cost by using the EKF premium model
All countries are classified in a premium category from 1 to 7. Countries with the lowest risk are in group 1 and are therefore the cheapest to insure. Countries with the highest risk and the highest premium are in category 7.
EKF classifies buyers and banks in premium categories from A to F with A being the lowest risk category and F being the highest. Private buyers are classified in premium categories from C to F, while banks are placed in premium categories from B to D.How do I apply?
Contact EKF to learn more about how we can assist your company in financing your exports. Write to EKF's cleantech group at email@example.com
or call +45 35 46 26 00. Our switchboard is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
You can also write to or call our customer advisers directly. Find our contact details here
In most cases your company's bank will deal with the application to EKF. The bank can apply for many products online, which speeds up the application process. This means that you can also contact your bank, which will be able to provide you with information on the various guarantees and credit facilities available.