The EBRD and infrastructure

The EBRD’s work in the infrastructure sector takes place in the fields of municipal infrastructure and transport.

In municipal infrastructure it seeks to promote decision-making at the local level to deliver quality, sustainable, market-based and demand-driven infrastructure. Its focus in this area is on effective, affordable, customer-oriented services tied to regulatory and tariff reforms.

With transport, its vision that of achieving safe, secure and sustainable transport systems, which embody market principles, balance economic, environmental and social needs and are responsive to the needs of industry and the individual.

The EBRD’s Infrastructure Business Group (IBG) signs some 70 projects per year for around € 2.4 billion, across a diverse range of subsectors, including rail, roads, urban transport, water/wastewater, ports, logistics, airports, district heating and cooling, facilities management, and solid waste management.

The IBG’s teams currently manage a portfolio of €6 billion spread across over 460 active projects.

Ain Ghazal project

US$ 55 million financing package signed in December 2016 by the international community as part of refugee crisis response for the benefit of the Water Authority of Jordan

The EBRD provided a €22.5 million senior loan and a €4.6 million capital grant from its Shareholder Special Fund, coupled with DFID’s grant (GBP13.7 million) and the World Bank’s grant (US$1.95 million). 

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The EBRD is committed to the development of safe, sustainable and efficient transport systems in the countries where it works. Such systems underpin economic growth and well-functioning markets by increasing access, inclusion, economic diversification, international trade and regional integration.

The EBRD’s key strategic objective in the transport sector is to develop transport infrastructure and services that are viable, green, resilient, well-governed, integrated and inclusive and which, in turn, can drive sustainable development. The cornerstone of the EBRD’s transition impact in the transport sector is supporting market-based reform, commercialisation and the development of low carbon and resilient transport systems.

To achieve this vision, we finance well-structured public and private sector projects across all sectors: railways, roads, aviation, maritime and logistics, offering a diverse range of financial products to meet the financing needs of our clients.

Alongside our investments, emphasis is placed on policy dialogue, supported by Technical Cooperation (TC), to engage on sector reform and the development of greener transport systems.

EBRD improves transport infrastructure by:

  • Financing public and private transport infrastructure and services
  • Promoting commercialisation, corporatisation and market-oriented institutional policy reform
  • Private sector participation where possible
  • Supporting green transport systems through policy development, financing of low carbon transport and technological innovation

Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure

Further information

The EBRD is committed to improving municipal infrastructure in the countries where it works, in line with its mandate to build open and sustainable market economies. The Municipal and environmental infrastructure (MEI) sector covers investments and services under the ultimate responsibility of local governments, whether provided by public or private entities.

Our core transition objective in the MEI sector is to promote greater efficiency and higher quality in the provision of municipal services through investment and the promotion of independent, well‑managed and financially sustainable operations, based on commercial principles and in a sound and market‑oriented institutional and regulatory framework.

The cornerstones of the EBRD’s impact on transition in the MEI sector are decentralisation, commercialisation, energy efficiency and environmental and social improvement. Central to its activity, the MEI sector is mobilising large TC grant funds to promote project implementation, capacity development and institution building.

The EBRD improves municipal and environmental infrastructure by:

  • Structuring the financing of municipal infrastructure, equipment and services
  • Promoting commercialisation and corporatisation of services
  • Developing regulatory and tariff structures
  • Promoting appropriate private sector involvement
  • Improving the environment
  • Facilitating donor grant and loan co-financing

Infrastructure Russia and Central Asia Team

The EBRD’s RCA Team is a combination of both MEI and Transport with a specific regional focus, covering Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Turkmenistan as well as Russia and Uzbekistan.

In partnership with local and central governments, the team is working to make infrastructure more efficient, reliable and secure while fostering transition impact and promoting sustainable green economy initiatives.