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KfW climate financing

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is taking place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow.

Working together with partners from across the world, the objective was to harness the momentum of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Implementation of the agreement was to be given concrete form and driven forward at the 24rd world climate change conference to limit global warming well below two degrees Celsius.

Stages of climate change negotiations


"The right direction"

Interview with Christiane Laibach, KfW Executive Board member, on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) on climate change and biodiversity, and their importance for KfW Development Bank.

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How we protect the climate

Conserving forests in Brazil, safeguarding coastlines in Tunesia, promoting sustainable mobiliy in Vietnam – in all of this and much more KfW is engaged in around the globe. Und of course KfW is also active in Germany itself. In sum it belongs to the largest environmental banks worldwide.
(2. November 2017)

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Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Zyklonbauten in Bangladesh.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and KfW expanded their cooperation in 2017. KfW received a financial commitment of EUR 102.7 million from GCF in April 2017 for a project in Tanzania. The aim of the project is to help secure the long-term supply of drinking water to nearly half a million people in the region of Simiyu, which has been severely affected by climate change.

An initial financing agreement between GCF and KfW was also signed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn for a project in Bangladeshthat has already been given the green light. GCF is participating in this project with a grant of USD 40 million. The project entitled “Climate Resilient Infrastructure Mainstreaming” will improve the protection of the population against storms and floods by means of infrastructure properly adapted to climate change. The signing of the financing agreement represents a milestone in the cooperation between GCF and KfW. Other projects with GCF are in the pipeline.

GCF is a key financing instrument for implementing the Paris climate accord. KfW was one of the first institutions to receive accreditation from the GCF in 2015 and is able to propose suitable climate projects for financing.

Green Energy Corridors

Germany and India embarked on a strategic partnership in 2013 against the backdrop of the Indian energy transition with the large-scale project “Green Energy Corridors” to promote special electricity transmission lines to connect large solar installations and wind farms to the Indian electricity grid. Funds of EUR 1 billion were committed for this purpose over a period of five years. It was possible to meet this financing target well ahead of schedule in 2017 as a result of the conclusion of a loan agreement for Green Energy Corridors in the state of Maharashtra. Given the considerable success of the project, the Federal Government has committed additional funds of EUR 400 million to date for a second phase.

Other projects around the world:

In mid-November, KfW set up a regional facility to hedge liquidity risks (Regional Liquidity Support Facility - RLSF) when financing projects for renewable energies (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers - RE-IPPs) in sub-Saharan Africa. The Federal Republic of Germany is providing Financial Cooperation (FC) funds amounting to EUR 31.6 million for this purpose. The project also comprises an accompanying measure of EUR 1.3 million to support the project sponsor ATI (African Trade Insurance Agency), which also shares the risk.

Sustainability as a promotional mandate

Sustainabilty principles

The new sustainability principles - frame of reference and orientation beyond KfW Group.

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Environmental & Social Impact Assessments

Extensive environmental and social impact assessments determine whether international projects are supported by KfW.

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Sustainability Programme

In black and white: KfW's goals for improving sustainability commitments.

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As of November 2021

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