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    Reference: 20200336
    Release date: 27 July 2020

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    Financing of a first full-scale commercial plant for the recycling of waste textiles into high-quality biodegradable pulp from which new textiles and subsequently clothes can be produced.

    Additionality and Impact

    The project contributes to the Bank's "Innovation and Skills" and 'Environmental Protection and Natural resource Efficiency' objective as it concerns the investments by an innovative SME in the design, construction and operation of an innovative, full-scale textile recycling plant. The project will lead to the development and deployment of innovative process technologies with substantial environmental benefits. The promoter's investment addresses the market failures and gaps associated with (i) imperfect competition, limited investments and incomplete markets in the field of innovative processes and sustainable textiles, and those addressed by (ii) projects which generate wider benefits in terms of knowledge and the environment. EIB support will therefore address suboptimal investment situations and accelerate expected benefits to society.

    The Bank provides the Promoter with high risk debt financing in order to support the commercialization of its innovation (first full commercial scale plant). This type of financing is difficult to access for innovators with a limited track record and is also referred to as the "death valley". The EIB's contribution helps provide both diversification with regard to the promoter's banking partners and flexible drawdown conditions.


    The project concerns the design, construction and operation of an innovative full-scale cotton and viscose fibres recycling plant with a capacity of 60 000 tonnes per year.


    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    SEK 311 million (EUR 30 million)

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    SEK 778 million (EUR 76 million)

    Environmental aspects

    The Re:newcell process of recycling cotton and viscose fibres contributes to a circular way of producing fashion and will help achieve the targets set in the 2018 EU Circular Economy Package. The project targets recycling and recovery of textile waste and reduces the quantity of waste currently deposited in landfills, supporting Council Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste. The project also directly supports EU climate policy goals, including building a competitive EU industry and circular economy.


    The Promoter has been assessed by the EIB as a private company not subject to EU rules on public procurement or concessions.


    Signed - 30/06/2021


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

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