Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE)

Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE)

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Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE) instrument is a joint agreement between the EIB and the European Commission which aims to address the limited access to adequate and affordable commercial financing for energy efficiency investments.

The instrument targets projects which support the implementation of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans or other energy efficiency programmes of EU Member States.

Third request for proposals is now open!

If you are a financial intermediary, download the Request for Proposals providing a more detailed description of the instrument and instructions on how to apply.


The PF4EE instrument’s two core objectives are:

  • to make energy efficiency lending a more sustainable activity within European financial institutions, considering the energy efficiency sector as a distinct market segment.
  • to increase the availability of debt financing to eligible energy efficiency investments.

How it works

The instrument is managed by the EIB and funded by the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE programme).

The LIFE Programme committed EUR 80m to fund the credit risk protection and expert support services. The EIB will leverage this amount, making a minimum of EUR 480m available in long term financing.

The PF4EE instrument will provide:

  1. a portfolio-based credit risk protection provided by means of cash-collateral (Risk Sharing Facility), together with
  2. long-term financing from the EIB (EIB Loan for Energy Efficiency) and
  3. expert support services for the Financial Intermediaries (Expert Support Facility)


Geographical coverage

To reach optimal diversification across the EU Member States, one PF4EE operation shall be implemented per country. The EIB has already signed an operation in the following EU Member States:

  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Poland
  • Latvia

For more information please refer to:

  • Announcement of the new EIB product under the programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) dedicated to Energy Efficiency Investments [EN]
  • PF4EE support beneficiaries 2019

Other sources of EU finance

This multilingual website will help you to apply for further sources of finance supported by the European Union.