Sustainable Development Goals

As the EU Bank, the EIB plays an integral role in the efforts of the EU to ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The EIB is currently assessing how its operations contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The table below highlights the potential connections between selected SDGs and the EIB’s new EU-based projects for 2017. It should be noted that each of the indicators referenced here could contribute to more than one SDG. SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation, SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy, and SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities are areas where the EIB’s operations are particularly likely to have an impact.

Potential connections between SDGs and new EU-based projects in 2017

Cross-cutting poverty reduction impacts: EUR 18.2 bn of loans for projects in less-developed and transition regions in the EU

Production of 140 500 t/y dairy and 150 000 t/y meat foodstuffs

42 million citizens have access to improved healthcare services

1.1 million students benefit directly from EIB projects

21 million people benefit from improved water supply and 29 million people have access to improved sanitation

Energy production from renewables sufficient for 5.3 million households

Almost 1 million additional households connected to the network

5.5 million jobs sustained in supported SMEs, microenterprises and mid-cap companies

30 million journey hours/year saved through improved transport infrastructure

7.4 million additional households covered by very high-speed broadband

1 200 km railway tracks built or upgraded

1 100 km highway sections or roads built or upgraded

9.6 million citizens benefit from new or improved urban public infrastructure and services

565 000 households living in new or refurbished social or affordable housing

1.6 million people face a reduced risk of flooding

8 400 GWh energy savings per year from energy efficiency measures

4.6 Mt CO2-eq/annum of GHG emissions from financing of investment projects

0.2 Mt CO2-eq/annum of carbon sequestration from forestry projects

1.6 Mt CO2-eq/annum of savings from the same financing

Management improved on 80 000 ha of forest land