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European Clean Transport Facility (ECTF)

01.- Summary

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union's financing institution. Its shareholders are the 27 Member States of the Union, which have jointly subscribed its capital. The EIB's Board of Governors is composed of the Finance Ministers of these States. The EIB's role is to provide long-term finance in support of investment projects.

The European Clean Transport Facility (ECTF) is a major EIB financing programme approved by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union (ECOFIN) on Dec 2, 2008 to support investments targeting research, development and innovation in the areas of emissions reduction and energy efficiency in the European transport industry.

The ECTF will amount to EUR 4bn per year and targets automotive (manufacturers/suppliers), railroad, aircraft and shipping industries.

02.-Funding Organization

European Investment Bank

03.- Beneficiaries

Companies of any size and ownership of both investment and sub-investment grade credit ratings (or equivalent) that are committed to an eligible investment programme in the European transport industry.


Not compulsory

05.- Environmental Activities and Topics

Eligible investments comprise:

  • Research, development and innovation aiming at emissions reduction.
  • Innovation/prototyping/new tooling, upgrading of existing/new production facilities that do not result in a net capacity increase and that target EU 2012/2020 CO2 passenger vehicle emission requirements and other emission/fuel efficiency objectives in the transport sector as well as complementary measures aimed at achieving the ECTF objectives.

06.- EIB contribution

Direct lending, co-financing, intermediated financing, guarantees for syndicate loans, etc. Generally the EIB utilizes co-financing and intermediated structures with clients' existing "house-banks".

07.- Cost Categories

  • Investments.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 6419747th FWP