Cities are the source of about 75% of the world’s CO2 emissions but they also represent a valuable ally in the fight against climate change and the drive towards Circular Economy. Mayors are often the ones who work on practical and long-term solutions, being responsible for purchasing zero-emission public transport, constructing energy efficient social housing and subsidising energy-saving and photovoltaic systems in buildings.
The EIB tackles environmental and social issues by supporting projects that make life in urban areas more sustainable. We support investments into integrated urban development, urban regeneration and renewal, as well as into water and waste management services, sustainable mobility, education and health infrastructure that benefit all citizens.
We help urban authorities access tailor-made solutions and accelerate their urban investment projects through URBIS, a dedicated advisory platform.
Urban Development sector
Cities are the source of about 75% of the world’s CO2 emissions. But when it comes to tackling climate change, they can also be part of the solution. Cities can opt for a mobility system with electric buses, establish car-free zones and bike lanes, or subsidise the upgrade of buildings with photovoltaic installation and insulation measures.
Between 2012 and 2018, we invested nearly EUR 150 billion in urban areas. Moreover, about 30% of our total annual lending is dedicated to the EU Urban Agenda. Part of this is deployed to higher-risk projects under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, a key component of the Investment Plan for Europe.
Through the Global Climate City Challenge, in collaboration with the Global Covenant of Mayors, as well as facilities like ELENA, URBIS and JASPERS, we share our expertise with municipalities around the world so that they can carry out their urban climate action projects. Watch our videos to learn more about how we finance cities:
Economic development, urbanisation and changes associated with our production and consumption patterns generate an increase in solid waste. In the EU, municipal waste alone accounts for 515 kg/year per capita. To help reduce this mass, over the past decade the EIB has financed around EUR 2.8 billion worth of intelligent solid waste management schemes. France and the UK are two EU countries which have success stories to tell.