The EIB in the circular economy

In a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. Waste and resource use are minimised and when a product reaches the end of its life, it is used again to create further value.

Awareness raising

We develop and share knowledge on the circular economy transition. We raise awareness by:

  • improving the framework conditions for financing (e.g. through involvement in multi-stakeholder circular economy fora),
  • facilitating knowledge sharing and capacity building (e.g. in conferences),
  • preparing studies to identify market barriers and funding gaps,
  • preparing circular economy guidance material and documents.

Advisory support

We help circular businesses mitigate risks and improve the investment readiness of their projects. Here’s how:

  • support in circular economy project pipeline development,
  • review circular projects, identification of gaps/weaknesses, advise on improvements,
  • advise on financing options within and outside the EIB Group,
  • facilitate contacts to relevant market actors.

The above services are provided via InnovFin advisory and European Investment Advisory Hub.

Finance

Through "risk sharing", we provide finance to circular economy projects/promoters with a typically higher risk profile.

We apply our financing expertise by:

  • leveraging horizontal (market) studies to further define funding gaps,
  • recommending internal EIB-managed instruments and/or Investment Platforms (IP), where necessary,
  • structuring/implementing Investment Platforms that mobilise public/private investors.

Find more information on InnovFinEuropean Fund for Strategic Investments and Access to EU finance.

 

Circular design and production


Smart design and production that reduce waste and recycle materials at the beginning of a product's lifecycle are essential to ensure circularity.

Strategies: reduce, recycle


Discover how a factory in Zaragoza improves its sustainability and energy efficiency  

 

 

Circular use and life extension


Business models that increase the value and use of a product during an extended life are essential to shift to a circular economy. Over time, extending product life through proper care and repair reduces the need for people to buy more.

Strategies: reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish, remanufacture


Read about lower interest rates for SMEs committed to circular economy  

 

Circular value recovery


Value recovery models aim to maximise recovery and recycling of a product after its end-of-life stage. The value recovery models reduce waste and conserve resources.

Strategies: recycle, recover


See how titanium recycling gives Europe a valuable new metal supply  

 

Circular support
 

Support and facilitation of all circular strategies in all lifecycle phases.

Strategies: reduce, recycle, reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish, remanufacture, recover


Read how how coastal plastic waste gets a new lease of life  

Further reading

Highlighted stories

Discover how our work paves the way to a circular transition