Event: Financing innovative clean tech (Brussels, 11 & 12 March 2020)

On 11 of March 2020, a public conference will gather financiers and industry representatives to discuss how public and private investors can join forces with the Innovation Fund to deliver the investments needed to scale up innovative, low-carbon technologies.

The following day, strategy and financial engineering experts selected by the members of the Innovation Fund Expert Group (IFEG) will meet to discuss the project maturity, innovation and scalability selection criteria, due diligence, project development assistance and knowledge sharing under the Innovation Fund.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Exchange of Views on the Proposal for a Regulation Establishing the Just Transition Fund (19 February 2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2020)

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Briefing: Assessment of the Just Transition Fund proposal

Requested by the REGI committee. Soon after unveiling the overall roadmap for its flagship European Green Deal initiative, the European Commission published its first concrete proposal on 14 January 2020, on how to establish a Just Transition Mechanism (European Commission, 2020a, 2020b and 2020c). The objective of this initiative is to provide support to territories facing serious socio-economic challenges arising from the transition towards climate-neutrality.

CESEC – Presentations from the Plenary and Working group for Gas and Electricity

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Event: Beyond 2020 – World Sustainable Built Environment conference (Gothenburg, 9-11 June 2020)

The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives. Central to our discussions will be achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. BEYOND 2020 is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious conferences and forums in the field of sustainable built environment.

Event: Greenbuild Europe 2020 (Dublin, 24 & 25 March 2020)

Attend Greenbuild Europe to hear from leaders on their vision about the future of green building in Europe, learn about current research and best practices, connect with sustainability experts, and see innovative technologies and products to take your projects to the next level.

Event: European Semester Conference – Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Brussels, 18 & 19 February 2020)

Press Release: EIB to support green infrastructure development and climate resilience in ASEAN countries with EUR 150 million

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest EUR 150m in the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) established by Association of Southeast Asian Nations` (ASEAN) to accelerate the development of green infrastructure projects and crowd-in much needed private investments in the sector.

Note: European Green Deal – a transition to climate neutral and circular EU industry – Preparation of the Competitiveness Council on 27-28 February 2020

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 691/2011 on European environmental economic accounts

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Press Release: Seville increases availability of social housing with EIB and ICO financing

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) will provide flexible and attractive financing in terms of both interest rates and maturity periods to improve the availability of social rental housing in Seville. In concrete terms, each party will provide €40 million to Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda, Suelo y Equipamiento de Sevilla (EMVISESA) for the construction of 562 affordable social rental homes. The investment will also drive urban regeneration in some parts of the city.

Press Release: Achieving a just transition in Europe

The EU Green Deal that sets the vision for a climate-neutral Europe in 2050 was the highlight of last year. Coal regions from all over Europe came together at the Annual political dialogue at Görlitz, Germany, to discuss their role, challenges and policy measures to achieve a just transition.

Press Release: Effective policymaking key to scaling up renewable energy generation

Political will is central for countries who want to grow their share of renewable energy in the energy mix; this was the conclusion of a joint conference by the EBRD and the Atlantic Council, a US-based public policy group, in Istanbul today.

Press Release: EIB Group support for projects in Romania amounted to EUR 865m in 2019

The European Investment Bank Group (EIB Group), comprising the European Investment Bank (EIB) and its subsidiary, the European Investment Fund (EIF), provided EUR 865m of loans, guarantees, equity and microfinance operations in Romania in 2019.

Press Release: Investments for a green and sustainable Slovenia: The EIB Group triples its investments in the country

The EIB Group backed social and economic growth in Slovenia with some EUR 250m tripling its investments from the year before; the EIB investments increases more than two times to reach EUR 184m, the EIFs close to 10 times to reach EUR 64.4m.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Preparation of the Extraordinary European Council Meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (12 February 2020)

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Event: Investment to support digitalisation and the climate transition in France (Paris, 2 March 2020)

The conference aims to bring together researchers from central banks, academia, policy-making institutions and the private sector. The conference will focus on how to help overcome the current investment gap by mobilising private financing to support digitalisation and the climate transition in France. It will encompass keynotes and a high-level policy-oriented panel discussion by distinguished guest speakers from central banks, academia, policy-making institutions and the private sector. It will also highlight the results of the EIB Investment Survey (EIBIS), an annual EU-wide survey that gathers qualitative and quantitative information from 12 500 SMEs and larger non-financial companies in all 28 EU Member States on investment activities, their financing sources and needs, and the challenges that businesses face.

Draft ECOFIN Council Conclusions on 2020 European Semester: The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020

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Event: City Representatives meet Investors – Matchmaking Event (Brussels, 20 February 2020)

This event fosters much needed collaboration between city/regional representatives, policy makers as well as business representatives and investors. This is a unique occasion to network and explore investment opportunities with key smart cities decision-makers such as local authorities, research institutions as well as leading smart cities and infrastructure investors.

Event: A Renovation Wave Across Europe – Mobilising finance and action for the deep renovation of buildings (Brussels, 4 March 2020)

A ‘renovation wave’ of public and private buildings will be a flagship initiative of the European Commission in 2020 to address the twin challenge of energy efficiency and affordability. At the same time, the European Green Deal outlines that increasing renovation rates is still a challenge and that action and finance will need to be mobilized to significantly increase the renovation rate. This event will feed into these political developments. It will outline best practice policy and finance examples of how to overcome renovation barriers; and act as an open platform to discuss what further measures are instrumental to deliver better buildings for all.

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