EBRD green finance hits record €5.4 billion in 2021

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said its green financing hit a record €5.4 billion, or 51%, of total business volume of €10.4 billion in 2021.

“These excellent results underscore the Bank’s strong dedication to continuing to support its clients in the wake of the pandemic as well as its commitment to decarbonise economies and enable the transition to a more sustainable future, with a focus on involving the private sector and supporting reforms to tackle climate change,” said EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso.

The 2021 green results, a significant increase on the 29% share of total financing in 2020, fall under the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition approach.

They follow the Bank’s recent twin commitments to align all its investments with the goals of the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change by the end of this year, a decision taken by its Board of Governors at last July’s Annual Meeting, and to make a majority of its investments green by 2025.

At the November 2021 COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the EBRD also set out how it plans to support the transition to a low-carbon economy in its regions by doubling the mobilisation of private-sector climate financing by 2025.

The EBRD, a leading climate finance investor, works in some of the world’s most fossil-fuel dependent countries and aims to support them in planning and executing their transition to a low-carbon economy.

Among its many successes is EBRD Green Cities, a €5 billion urban environmental programme, which has grown to include 53 cities in its five years of existence and helps them identify, prioritise and connect their environmental challenges with sustainable infrastructure investments and policy measures.

The Bank announced in November that the programme was doubling in size, allocating a further €2 billion to invest in green urban infrastructure over the next two years.

The 2021 green finance record was a key element in the EBRD’s second highest overall annual business volume ever. The record of €11 billion was set in 2020 when its investments were buoyed by emergency lending at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The total number of its projects in 2021 was 413, compared to 411 in 2020. The share of private sector investment rose four percentage points to 76%.

Annual Mobilised Investment – the amount made available to clients from entities other than the EBRD due to the Bank’s direct involvement – climbed sharply to €1.8 billion from €1.2 billion in 2020.

The EBRD raised approximately €1.2 billion in donor funds to support its operations in 2021 and is an important implementing partner for the European Union, the Bank’s largest multilateral donor.