Continued mainstreaming: Climate action and our investment projects

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Continued mainstreaming: Climate action and our investment projects

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In every project we do, climate change impacts are carefully considered. At the appraisal stage, we screen projects by analysing the following:

  • Adjusted economic and financial rates of return: When appraising the economic case for a project resulting in a significant change of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) we incorporate an economic cost of carbon. For high emitting sectors (i.e. energy, industry, transportation), we require a higher economic rate of return.
  • Carbon footprint exercise: An assessment of GHG emissions of the investment projects we finance is carried out based on sector-specific methodologies. We publish project level data on our Public Register and aggregated data for each year’s financing in our Sustainability Report.
  • For all fossil fuel generation projects, a specific emissions performance standard is applied in order to screen out investments whose carbon emissions exceed a threshold level.
  • Climate change risk and vulnerability: For projects, sectors and areas particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts, we require the promoter to consider climate risks and to incorporate adaptation measures into project design and operation. We are rolling out a climate risk management system as part of our climate strategy implementation.
  • Climate finance tracking – Transparency and credibility are key in mitigation finance reporting. In 2015, the EIB and other multilateral development banks (MDBs), as well as the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), established a set of common principles, definitions and guidelines for climate mitigation finance tracking.