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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the public consultation on the energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank (EIB). I would like to urge you to review the bank’s policy as soon as possible, especially in light of the serious impacts of climate change and air pollution that we have been experiencing all over Europe, particularly in recent years.
Since the last review of the EIB’s lending policy, the European Union (EU) and hundreds of countries across the world have signed the Paris climate agreement. Under the agreement, EU institutions, including the EIB, must ensure that any public spending is compatible with efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5° C.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN’s top scientific body on climate change, warned governments that they only have 11 years to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change. This highlights the need to ensure a fast and fair energy transition.
In the EU this means ending financial support for fossil fuels in all sectors, supporting energy savings and renewable energy, protecting and restoring forests, and kickstarting a shift to sustainable farming. Overall, EIB energy funding policies must be brought in line with the Paris Agreement objective of keeping global warming to 1.5℃ and avoiding total climate breakdown.
To achieve this, the EIB should incorporate the following principles:
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