Funding for Waste Reduction and Recycling and Circular Economy Projects

€10bn Circular Economy Initiative from EIB & EU National Banks

A €10 billion initiative to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and circular economy has been launched by the EU’s largest National Promotional Banks and Institutions and the European Investment Bank.

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A €10 billion initiative to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and circular economy has been launched by the EU’s largest National Promotional Banks and Institutions and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Launched in Luxembourg the Joint Initiative on Circular Economy aims to support the development and implementation of circular economy projects and programmes in the EU. This flagship partnership will target at least €10 billion of investments over the next five years.

The EIB explained that the intention is preventing and eliminating waste, increasing resource efficiency and fostering innovation by promoting circularity in all sectors of the economy.

The five national promotional banks & institutions are:

  • Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK - Poland)
  • Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC – France) including Bpifrance
  • Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP - Italy)
  • Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO - Spain)
  • Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW - Germany)

The six partner institutions will combine their expertise, experience and financial capacity to better support the implementation of viable circular projects and programme approaches.

The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) will provide loans, equity investment or guarantees to eligible projects and develop innovative financing structures for public and private infrastructure, municipalities, private enterprises of different size as well as for research and innovation projects. 

EIB said that the JICE builds on the on-going initiatives led by the European Commission to build knowledge through dedicated working groups and develop financing schemes.

  • The joint initiative will focus particularly on investments in the EU Member States that will help accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It will target all stages of the value chain and lifecycle of products and services:
  • Circular design and production: applying “reduce and recycle” strategies to design out waste at the source, prior to commercialisation.
  • Circular use and life extension: enabling the reuse, repair, repurposing, refurbishing or remanufacturing of products in use phase
  • Circular value recovery: recovering materials and other resources from waste, recovering waste heat and/or reusing treated wastewater
  • Circular support: facilitating circular strategies in all lifecycle phases, for example with the deployment of key ICT technologies, digitalization and services supporting circular business models and circular value chains.

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