UN Climate Action Summit: EIB and fellow MDBs commit to collectively raise annual climate finance to USD 175 billion by 2025 in response to climate crisis
22 September 2019
Individual efforts to collectively total at least USD 65 billion annually by 2025, with USD 50 billion for low and middle income economies, 50 percent above current levels
Joint adaptation finance provided to clients expected to double to USD 18 billion annually by 2025, compared to current levels.
Collective efforts to result in a further USD 40 billion of climate investments mobilized annually from private sector investors
The EIB, together with eight other multilateral development banks (MDBs)* pledged in a statement today during the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit to raise their annual global climate action investment to USD 175 billion by 2025.
This increase would notably focus on low and middle-income economies, and on climate adaptation. To reach their target, the MDBs intend to strengthen partnerships, particularly with private sector investors, to optimise the impact of their climate finance. Rising to USD 110 billion, co-financing is indeed expected to represent almost 2/3 of the total USD 175 billion planned for climate financing by 2025. This would include USD 40 billion mobilised from private sector investors.
Speaking from New York, EIB President Werner Hoyer said: "As a public financial institution, we have a major role to play in making our economies carbon-neutral, greener, climate resilient and more inclusive. We must lead by example, by showing unprecedented ambition with our own investments and by facilitating the flow of private capital into sustainable investments at the needed scale globally. This is what we are doing now, all multilateral development banks together, with this new commitment. To significantly step up our climate finance for this fight we need to better mobilise private investment. This is the key to make a real impact”.
Multilateral development banks have been leading climate action for more than a decade to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the increase in global temperatures to well below 2°C, pursuing efforts for 1.5°C.
This statement confirms the MDBs’ collective efforts already demonstrated by the record level of climate finance and co-finance with USD 111 billion reached in 2018 in developing countries and emerging economies.
* Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank Group, Islamic Development Bank, New Development Bank and World Bank Group.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the EU Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals both in Europe and beyond. The European Investment Bank is active in around 160 countries. It is one of the world’s largest financiers of climate-related investment with USD 100bn committed for climate action in the 5 years up to 2020 in support of the Paris Agreement.
The EIB and Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) are set to finance green investments in Iberia ranging from the refurbishment of existing buildings to the construction of Nearly Zero-Energy properties. These investments will be possible thanks to the provision of energy efficiency mortgages and consumer loans to the market by UCI.
The EIB today announced the signature of a €250 million financing agreement with in’li, the Action Logement Group’s subsidiary focused on affordable housing in Île-de-France. This maiden operation between the EIB and in’li is an important step in speeding up the construction of affordable housing in the region.
The EIB is providing the state-owned housing company Gewobag with a 240-million-euro loan, which is earmarked for the construction of 2,000 new residential units by 2023. The new buildings will predominantly meet “energy-efficient house” standards and therefore surpass the requirements of the applicable energy saving regulation (EnEV).