France: EIB commits €1 billion to Banque des Territoires for social housing energy efficiency
6 January 2022
This is a new credit line to complement Banque des Territoires’ Eco loan product and provides all associations with access to fixed-rate loans.
The initiative aims to make the thermal renovation of social housing widely available and falls under the European Alliance for Social Housing partnership.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is putting in place a new €1 billion credit line with Caisse des Dépôts to accelerate the implementation of social housing associations’ thermal renovation projects. This financing will enable Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts) to continue to grant fixed-rate loans to all entities in addition to its Eco loan product. This operation confirms the strength of the European Alliance for Social Housing partnership created in September 2020 to help all social housing associations to access EU funding.
Building renovation is a key tool for meeting the goal of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions EU-wide by 2030. The European Commission’s renovation wave for Europe strategy presented in October 2020 aims to double the annual energy renovation rate for residential and non-residential buildings by 2030.
In the building sector, the French National Energy and Climate Plan (Plan National Énergie-Climat) has the goal of renovating 500 000 homes a year, including 100 000 social homes and the renovation of all homes identified as thermal sieves.
Against this backdrop, and in view of the structural investment gap for achieving these objectives, the EIB decided to provide Banque des Territoires with a new, €1 billion financing envelope. This envelope will extend financing in addition to the Eco loan, with fixed-rate loans featuring maturities of between 15 and 30 years. It will speed up and industrialise the thermal renovation of social housing by giving absolutely all associations access to these loans.
This new scheme is expected to help finance the renovation of around 70 000 social housing units across France, reducing buildings’ primary energy use by at least 40%. It is being implemented as the continuation of three previous envelopes signed between 2015 and 2020 totalling €2 billion for the thermal renovation and construction of social housing.
This partnership illustrates how Banque des Territoires and the EIB complement each other as long-term financers of social housing associations. It was signed under the European Alliance for Social Housing partnership umbrella. This cooperation agreement signed on 15 September 2020 by Banque des Territoires, Union Sociale pour l’Habitat, the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the EIB aims to facilitate social housing associations’ access to European funding for long-term investments in public social infrastructure.
“To help make the European Union the world's first net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050, we must invest in making homes more energy efficient and particularly in eliminating thermal sieves,” said EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle. “As the EU climate bank, the EIB has mobilised together with its partners the Alliance for Social Housing and Banque des Territoires to support affordable and sustainable housing.”
“Social housing associations are making major innovations to renovate their portfolios. As a major financer of the sector, Banque des Territoires uses its loans to help carry out social and environmental projects. Our partnership with the EIB will now enable us to act as an intermediary for accessing EU funds, thereby offering financing that is ever-more tailored to borrower needs and the climate,” added Caisse des Dépôts CEO Eric Lombard.
About the European Investment Bank
As the EU climate bank, the EIB aims to encourage the emergence and deployment of new technologies to meet ongoing challenges such as the energy transition to a new green growth model. Of the over €10 billion in financing invested by the EIB in France in 2020, 48% went to projects combating or mitigating climate change.
About Banque des Territoires
Set up in 2018, Banque des Territoires is one of the five arms of Caisse des Dépôts. It brings in-house regional expertise together within a single structure. It is a single point of entry for clients, providing made-to-measure advice and financing solutions for loans and investments to meet the needs of local authorities, social housing associations, local public enterprises and legal professionals. It is aimed at all French regions, from rural areas to large cities, with the objective of eliminating social and regional inequalities. Banque des Territoires is represented by 16 regional offices and 37 local branches of Caisse des Dépôts to enhance visibility and proximity to its client base.
The credit line is being set up in two phases: a first tranche of €500 million was signed at the end of 2021 and a second will be signed in 2022.
Union Sociale pour l’Habitat, Banque des Territoires, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have formed a partnership to facilitate social housing associations’ access to European funding for long-term investments in public social infrastructure.
The EIB and Caisse des Dépôts are making a new €1 billion credit line available. With this financing, the third of its kind, Caisse des Dépôts, through Banque des Territoires’ lending arm, can continue to provide the public sector with fixed-rate loans in addition to its traditional products and services. This move confirms the strength of the partnership struck by Caisse des Dépôts and the EIB in June 2013 to provide sustainable investment projects throughout France with fresh impetus.
With the backing of the European Investment Advisory Hub set up by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), Banque des Territoires is launching “S’GREEN+”. This development aid initiative will provide 25 cities participating in the City Centre Action programme with operational support as they roll out their climate change adaptation projects.