- European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide EUR 300m framework loan in new climate finance partnership with The Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank).
- The initiative is expected to draw in other financiers to finance up to EUR 1 billion of climate-relevant investments.
- Streamlined lending programme to back new renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and sustainable transport investment in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Provinces.
Up to EUR 1 billion of new investments to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental protection in China are expected to be backed by the first climate finance focused partnership between the EIB and Eximbank. Technical best practice and EUR 300 million of EIB financing will support new energy, water, transport and industry schemes that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience against a changing climate and extreme weather.
“Tackling climate change and reducing pollution is a global challenge and the European Investment Bank, as the EU Bank, is committed to supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. This new cooperation with Eximbank aims to unlock a total of EUR 1 billion of new climate related investment in China and reflects the shared commitment of China and Europe to reduce energy use, cut emissions and protect the environment. Unlocking climate investment will both create highly skilled jobs and reduce pollution.” said Jonathan Taylor, EIB Vice President responsible for East Asia,.
Eximbank added that they welcome the opportunity to work with the European Investment Bank to support climate related investment across China as this initiative will surely be strengthened by the EIB’s global experience and technical expertise. Eximbank hopes that the two banks will give full play to their respective advantages to complement each other and expand cooperation in areas and projects of common interest.
The EUR 300 m financing was signed with the Chinese Ministry of Finance in late 2017. The signature of the project agreement at the EIB’s Luxembourg headquarters by VP Jonathan Taylor, and Mr. Yuan Xingyong, Vice President of Eximbank, which acts as Promoter in the new initiative, means the funds can now be channelled to the underlying projects. A high-level delegation from Eximbank is currently visiting the EIB to share technical and financial best-practice from climate finance initiatives worldwide.
Under the new initiative long term financing for public and private sector projects will be provided through a streamlined lending programme managed locally by Eximbank to finance schemes alongside other sources of investment. The EUR 300m loan is expected to generate more than EUR 1 billion of total climate financing under the scheme.
Projects to be supported by the new financing initiative will be identified over the coming months. It is expected that renewable energy projects, including wind farms and small-scale biomass plants, sustainable transport and water infrastructure will be financed. Schemes in several parts of China will be evaluated and priority given to projects where pollution levels are highest and climate mitigation can be most effective.