Renewable energies and energy efficiency

The climate is a core priority for Proparco. Proparco will earmark €2.BN by 2020 to projects that contribute to the fight against climate change.

To meet the challenge of climate change and ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, our main focuses are projects that aim to produce energy from renewable sources and energy efficiency.

Since 2006, Proparco has commited over €2.5 billions for financing more than 100 projects in all renewable energy sectors. Proparco is among the most active Development Financial Institutions in the fight agains climate change.

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Our goal : 2bn earmarked for projects that contribute to the fight against climate change by 2020



Proparco, an institution committed to the fight against climate change

Climate change is a tangible reality. To deal with this threat, AFD Group and Proparco, have been pursuing an ambitious programme for the past decade. To this end we support private actors who are turning climate challenge into an opportunity. 

By 2020, Proparco aims to earmark €2bn to climate mitigation projects.


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Interact Climate Change Facility

Working with its European partners, Proparco has also helped create a facility dedicated to cofinancing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects led by the private sector in developing and emerging economies. This stands as one of the most successful lender collaboration accomplishments to date.

In total, 23 projects for an added value of 377 billion euros have been approved via ICCF in the second trimester of 2017.

Our main focuses

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Projects that aim to produce energy from renewable sources.



Projects that aim to reduce consumption of conventional energy.



Projects providing energy access in remote regions.



Projects that aim to help populations adapt to climate change constraints.


European Partnership for Climate

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A European partnership to mobilise businesses and investors against climate change

Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated investment needs, to avoid global temperature increase of more than 2°C, at USD 590 billion annually for OECD countries and USD 769 billion for non-OECD countries by 2035.

Private actors will be key players in the transition to more eco-friendly economies, by developing projects that have a "climate benefit" such as renewable energy projects, e.g. wind farms or solar power plants, or other projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission.
To enable them to play their part as fully as possible, Proparco has stepped up for years its cooperation with its European counterparts (EDFI). Thanks to the partnerships, Proparco can take on larger-scale projects and mobilize greater financial resources.

Since 2009, their investments dedicated to climate change mitigation were quadrupled: from €517 million to €2,167 million for a cumulative total of 6,174 million.

Green Bonds

Using finance to promote climate solutions

Green bonds are a component of the fight against climate change in that they increase the funding available for low-carbon investment projects.

Green bonds clearly have the wind in their sales, with issuance in 2016 alone exceeding US$100bn, but they are still a rarity in emerging markets, not to mention developing economies.

That is why, in 2017 :

  • Proparco invested in the first green bond issuance by Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), to promote sustainable, environment friendly projects in the country. Read more about this project
  • Proparco has invested US$100m in Amundi Planet – Emerging Green One. The fund’s brief is to invest in “green bonds” to be issued by financial institutions in emerging and developing countries over the next seven years. US$1.2bn have already been committed to this new fund, making it the largest green bond fund operating in those geographies. Find out more

Like Amundi, Proparco and AFD belong to Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative launched by Paris financial market participants with the aim of promoting sustainable finance in France and abroad.

Summary of Proparco's commitment to the development of Green Bonds prepared for the Green Bonds Asia Conference (June 2018)

€ 655 million
approved for projects with a positivie impact on climate change in 2017
teq CO2 will be avoided per year thanks to 16 climate projects in 2017
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Megawatts (MW) of power capacity produced from renewable ernergy sources in 2017

But our goal is to go even further. Proparco will draw on its expertise in “climate” finance to scale up its financial commitments for projects with lower emissions (mitigation) and models which increase resilience to climate change (adaptation).

In order to continue to mobilize private sector funds for the fight against climate change, Proparco will support new initiatives, such as the creation of equity investment vehicles for renewable energies, and the development of a syndication capacity, or the allocation of loans in the climate sector.

Proparco will finance climate change adaptation projects in order to help its clients establish new practices: direct financing or via credit lines to banks, by encouraging banks and microfinance institutions to develop products to finance their clients’ adaptation to hese new situations (particularly in the agricultural sector).

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