Environment

Environment is a public policy goal of the EIB and includes financing for projects fostering the protection or enhancement of the natural resources supporting life on Earth for present and future generations by promoting sustainable development and actions taken against degradation. This includes projects in the areas of sustainable transport, protection of the environment and renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as resource efficiency.

Creating a healthy and safe natural environment for both people and nature is a key policy area of the European Union and hence one of our main fields of action. Environmental concerns are reflected in all our projects – as the main factor in specific environment or climate-related investment projects, or as part of due diligence in other projects.


In 2017, the EIB lent EUR 16.6 billion for projects supporting our environment policy goal. ☑︎


EIB financing benefits, among other sectors, environmental protection, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management, and sustainable transport.


With our support for waste management and recycling projects we contribute to creating a circular economy that keeps materials in the value chain and helps to preserve finite resources. Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects make Europe less dependent on energy imports and fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. With our projects relating to water and wastewater management, we view water security as a vehicle for economic growth. They bring access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to millions of people around the world. Transport is key to growth and competitiveness, as it provides the physical networks that enable the movement of people and goods, achieving social cohesion, economic growth and employment. The EIB finances urban mobility, rail, aviation, maritime and road projects that are safe, sustainable and innovative.


Environment is a public policy goal of the EIB and includes financing for projects fostering the protection or enhancement of the natural resources supporting life on Earth for present and future generations by promoting sustainable development and actions taken against degradation. This includes projects in the areas of sustainable transport, protection of the environment and renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as resource efficiency.

Greening the economy by growing forests

Zambia: Clean water with social benefits