COP27: EIF promises €2.5 billion of climate action investment


At the COP27 climate conference, the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed investments totalling €247 million to enable five equity funds to back €2.5 billion of climate action investment that the European Commission says will help to deliver the European Union’s climate and energy targets.

The new funding from the European venture capital and private equity financier contributes to the European Green Deal, the roadmap for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and REPowerEU, the plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.

The signatures occurred at an EIF side event at COP27 about “The contribution of European Venture Capital, Private Equity and Infrastructure Funds to the EU Green Deal”.

The Commission says that signatures signal a clear direction of travel for the EIF as the Fund will play a “key role” in the delivery of the EIB Group’s contribution to REPowerEU, with a dedicated and additional envelope for EIF equity investments in funds to support innovative companies and the European Union’s (EU) path to net zero.

The green transition must be accelerated and cannot be delayed.

The EIF has committed to funding €28 million to the Growth Blue Fund I, a private equity fund focusing on the blue economy, and sustainable economic activities relating to the oceans. It will mainly invest in Portuguese small and medium companies across all sectors.

€30 million to PureTerra Ventures, a water technology early growth fund, which invests in small and medium enterprises across the EU scaling technologies to alter the usage, conservation and treatment of water.

€39 million to the Zintinus Fund I, a venture capital fund focused on growth-stage investments in sustainable food innovation across Europe, particularly alternative proteins, functional food, clean nutrition and food waste reduction.

€75 million to the SUMA Capital Climate Impact Fund III, an infrastructure fund targeting greenfield energy transition and circular economy projects predominantly in Spain.

€75 million to the Eiffel Transition Infrastructure Fund, a fund designed to provide equity bridge financing for renewable energy infrastructure assets in Europe.

Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, said: “The green transition must be accelerated and cannot be delayed. The InvestEU programme seeks to mobilise private investments to help drive the support needed to deliver that transition.

“The agreements signed are clear evidence of this, as well as of InvestEU’s role in helping to make sustainable investment projects across the EU a reality.”

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