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Transformation agenda

With KfWplus, KfW is becoming the digital transformation and promotional bank

In this decade of decision, it is our task as KfW Group to accelerate the sustainable transformation and to strengthen Germany as an industrial and technology location. In doing so, KfW as a digital transformation and promotional bank is focusing its activities on the areas of action of climate & the environment, and digitalisation & innovation. The present decade needs a spirit of optimism and going ahead, in order to strengthen resilience and sovereignty - in Germany and around the world.

KfW is becoming more adaptable, efficient and effective: interview with Stefan Wintels

Stefan Winels im Studio
Stefan Wintels, CEO
Mr Wintels, KfW is to develop into a digital transformation and promotional bank. What does that mean, exactly?

I am convinced that this decade is a decade of decision. The decision about what consequences our actions will have for the generations to come. In the coming years, we need to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society.

The decade of decision has started

Fields of action within KfWplus as part of our promotional mandate

The focus is on the fields of action of “resilience & sovereignty”, “climate & environment” and “digitalisation & innovation”. KfW will focus its promotional offering on supporting the economy in its sustainable transformation and strengthening Germany as an industrial and technological hub. Current examples:

LNG tanker on the high seas

Action area resilience & sovereignty

Diversification of sources of energy

  • Expansion of LNG infrastructure (e.g. Brunsbüttel with planned H2 conversion)
  • Nordlink: connection of the Deutsche Bahn hydropower plant in Mågeli, Norway

Reduction of resource consumption

  • Crafting future: reusable items in the catering industry
  • JICE: Circular Economy Initiative of European promotional banks: >EUR 10 billion in commitments since 2019

Expansion of renewable energies

  • Enpal: provider of leasable solar power systems
  • Ouarzazate solar power plant, Morocco
Electric car charging at a charging station, office building in the background

Action area climate & environment

Social-ecological transition

  • The promotion of charging infrastructure in Germany
  • Husk Power Systems: development and operation of hybrid power plants based on renewable energies

Adapting to climate change

  • Heidekrautbahn, Berlin: zero-emission fleet with 100% regional green energy
  • Jashim Salam (Bangladesh): flood protection project

Climate Technology Facility

  • Aurubis: project for district heating generation for the eastern Hamburg HafenCity
  • Montecristi Solar Park, Dominican Republic
View into a server room in the data center

Action area digitalisation & innovation

Innovative and digitally enabled SMEs

  • Rhebo Cybersecurity: protecting critical iInfrastructure and industrial control technology
  • InstaDeep: development of AI applications and machine learning, Tunisia

Innovative and digital training and education

  • TUMO: scaling the offering of educational centres for young people (e.g. Mannheim)
  • Anchor investor Integra Partners Fund II

Innovative and digitally enabled infrastructure and administration

  • Deutsche GigaNetz: expansion of the fibre optic network, investment volume of EUR 3 billion
  • Fund for Digital Transformation in West Africa in the amount of EUR 16.2 million

KfW's Sustainable Finance Concept reflects its self-image as a transformative and promotional bank,

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