EBRD to invest EUR 6.5 bn in sustainable energy

May 18, 2012 12:00 AM

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to invest up to EUR 6.5 bn ($ 8.26 bn) in sustainable energy projects in the next three years, to deliver a significant cut in carbon emissions, it said.
The bank, which is starting the third phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI), will invest in projects worth EUR 15-25 bn, with the aim of cutting emissions in its area of operations by up to 32 mm tpy.

The initiative, dating back to 2006, has brought EBRD investments of EUR 9 bn into renewables and energy efficiency projects, delivering yearly reductions of some 49.6 mm tons in carbon emissions, said managing director for energy efficiency and climate change Josue Tanaka.
"This is not a side window to show the EBRD cares about climate, it is one-third of what we do," Tanaka told, noting that sustainable energy accounted for 30 % of the bank's 2011 investments.

“It may not save the world but at least it's a contribution," he added.
The EBRD was set up in 1991 to invest in the ex-Communist states of eastern Europe but is now expanding its mandate to Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

Tanaka said he expected these countries to benefit from the third phase of SEI. All these countries are oil importers and their budgets are burdened by huge energy price subsidies.
"Energy security is a key agenda in all these countries and that's where renewable energy comes in," he said, citing solar power as a potential area of investment for the bank in North Africa.

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