EBRD and AFD deepen green finance in Egypt

By Nibal Zgheib

EBRD and AFD deepen green finance in Egypt

  • EBRD, AFD and the European Union (EU) funding to boost lending for energy efficiency in Egypt
  • Investments in corporate sector to boost green economy and generate savings
  • Funds to support import and export of green technologies

The EBRD is supporting improvements in the energy efficiency of Egyptian private sector businesses, by providing a loan of US$ 15 million to the Arab African International Bank (AAIB).

Co-financed by US$ 15 million from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the loan will increase investment in the green economy in Egypt.

Loans will cover investments in green technologies, such as thermal insulation, photovoltaic solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and water-efficient irrigation systems. Businesses can identify typical green technologies through the Technology Selector. The loans are complemented by EU funds to help companies identify the most efficient equipment or technologies and verify their use once they are installed.

In a further step, the Bank is supporting the import and export of green technologies under the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme. Through the Programme, the Bank provides guarantees to international confirming banks, taking the political and commercial payment risk of international trade transactions undertaken by banks in the economies where it invests.

The funding is provided under the Egypt Sustainable Energy Financing Facility that supports sustainable energy projects via local partner banks. The programme is contributing towards building a green economy in accordance with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition approach.

Egypt is a founding member of EBRD. Since the start of its operations in the country in 2012, the Bank has invested over €5.3 billion in 99 projects in the country. In 2018, Egypt was the largest EBRD country of operations in terms of new commitments.

About Agence Française de Développement (AFD):

AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories.

AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).