EBRD Devoted 36% to Green Financing in 2018

It is well on the way to meeting a target of dedicating 40 per cent share of investments to the green economy by 2020.

EBRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has devoted 36 per cent of its total investments to the green economy in 2018.

The bank said in a statement that, it is well on the way to meeting a target of dedicating 40 per cent share of investments to the green economy by 2020.

It underscored its green credentials with the launch of a new energy strategy that pledges to scale up investment in renewables, completely rule out financing for coal and restrict financing in upstream oil to exceptional projects, which reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

The EBRD also quadrupled the size of its Green Cities programme in support of environmentally friendly municipal investments to almost EUR 1 billion.

The EBRD Green Cities programme addresses challenges that are particularly urgent in the regions where the Bank operates.

EBRD Green Cities grew in 2018 after a first EUR 250 million of funding, designed to last five years, was mostly committed within just two years. In October, the EBRD approved a further EUR 700 million of funding, expanding the number of cities that can be supported.

For 2019, the EBRD set ambitious goals in support of the global development agenda, with climate finance a major component.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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