New Report Demonstrates Economic Benefits of Bank of America’s $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative

September 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM Eastern

Today, Bank of America released “Financing the Future: The Economic Opportunities of Bank of America’s Environmental Business Initiative.” The report, based on analysis conducted by consulting firm EY, examines the impacts of a $29.4 billion subset of the company’s $125 billion environmental business commitment. The capital deployed within the analyzed subset included renewable energy, transportation and water infrastructure projects financed from 2013 to 2017 in the United States. The results demonstrate how Bank of America’s environmental business commitment is positively impacting the economy and the environment.

Supported an annual average of 76,043 jobs, with all project types supporting a higher average compensation than the U.S. annual average of $51,750. EY’s analysis of the five-year period found that Bank of America’s $29.4 billion in financing:

  • Contributed a cumulative $35.6 billion to GDP.
  • Realized a cumulative $70.4 billion in economic output.
  • Helped prevent 1,858,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 alone – the equivalent of taking almost 400,000 cars off the road for a year.

Bank of America’s $125 billion by 2025 environmental business initiative is the company’s second commitment. Its first environmental business initiative, established in 2007 at $20 billion, was met four years ahead of schedule. Since 2007, Bank of America has deployed more than $96 billion in financing for low-carbon, sustainable business activities.

The work in this area supports the company’s focus on responsible growth and the importance of deploying capital, intellectual and financial, to build a more sustainable, low-carbon global economy. EY’s analysis demonstrates this point and serves as a powerful reminder of the greater opportunities ahead.

The report findings follow two previous EY reports sponsored by the bank: 2017’s “Banking on a Low-Carbon Economy: The Economic Impacts of Bank of America’s $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative” and the 2014 EY analysis “Financing for a sustainable future: Estimating the environmental benefits of Bank of America’s Environmental Business Initiative,” which provided a comprehensive look at the environmental benefits of Bank of America’s $125 billion commitment.

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