EIB and Deutsche Bank Team Up to Fuel Climate-Friendly Housing in Germany

EIB and Deutsche Bank Team Up to Fuel Climate-Friendly Housing in Germany

(IN BRIEF) In a collaborative effort to promote climate-friendly housing initiatives in Germany, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Deutsche Bank have forged an agreement. Valued at over €600 million, the program will provide discounted mortgages to individuals seeking to construct environmentally sustainable homes or enhance the energy efficiency of existing properties. Facilitated by a synthetic securitization operation, Deutsche Bank will extend advantageous terms to borrowers through its Private Bank, DSL Bank, and BHW Bausparkasse. The initiative, backed by stringent sustainability criteria, aims to significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions while bolstering comfort and cost savings for households across the nation.

(PRESS RELEASE) LUXEMBOURG, 17-May-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group  consisting of the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund (EIF)  and Deutsche Bank have signed an agreement to promote climate-friendly new buildings and energy-efficient home modernisation in Germany. The aim is to support private individuals in Germany by granting them low-interest loans when building new, climate-friendly houses or when modernising their houses to make them more climate-friendly with a focus on energy efficiency.

The EIB Group is making the more favourable conditions possible through a synthetic securitisation operation on consumer loans. The transaction frees up regulatory capital for Deutsche Bank, which will pass on the advantages of the transaction to clients in the form of discounted mortgages. The securitisation falls under the framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation (STS) of the European Securitisation Regulation.

Deutsche Bank will grant the discounted loans from its Private Bank through Deutsche Bank, DSL Bank and, from the beginning of June, BHW Bausparkasse. The interest rate advantage currently amounts to 0.2 percentage points per annum compared to standard conditions for the entire first fixed interest rate term, provided this is at least five years.

To be granted a mortgage, borrowers must meet particularly demanding sustainability criteria. For example, individuals looking to finance a modernisation project are required to reduce the property’s primary energy demand by at least 30%.

The overall intended outcome of the cooperation is to provide more than €600 million worth of low-interest mortgages to help individuals in Germany build climate-friendly houses.

“Climate-friendly housing is a top priority for people because it helps them reduce energy costs and enhances their comfort and well-being,” said EIB Vice-President Nicola Beer, who is responsible for operations in Germany. “Our cooperation with Deutsche Bank will enable thousands of households in Germany to construct green homes or improve the climate footprint of existing houses.”

“We are always looking for opportunities to accelerate the green transition,” said EIF Chief Executive Marjut Falkstedt. “Our transaction with Deutsche Bank is an excellent example. It will free-up financing for people who would like to enhance the sustainability of the apartments and houses they live in or are planning to build. This is good news for them and for Germany.”

Head of Product Management at Deutsche Bank Achim Kuhn added: “The important cooperation with the EIB Group enables us to expand our mortgage financing business and offer clients additional financing options. By offering favourable conditions for mortgages, we can specifically help individuals who want to invest in energy-efficient housing. As a reliable partner to our clients, we are taking a big step forward together in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions and protecting the environment.”

Background information

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union, owned by its Member States. It finances sound investments that contribute to EU policy objectives. EIB projects bolster competitiveness, drive innovation, promote sustainable development, enhance social and territorial cohesion, and support a just and swift transition to climate neutrality.

The European Investment Fund (EIF) is part of the European Investment Bank Group. Its central mission is to support Europe’s micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. The EIF designs and develops venture and growth capital, guarantees and microfinance instruments which specifically target this market segment.

Deutsche Bank provides retail and private banking, corporate and transaction banking, lending, asset and wealth management products and services as well as focused investment banking to private individuals, small and medium-sized companies, corporations, governments and institutional investors. Deutsche Bank is the leading bank in Germany with strong European roots and a global network.

With over 2 million customers, BHW Bausparkasse is one of the largest private building societies and mortgage lenders in Germany. The company is part of Deutsche Bank and, with its lending business and specialist expertise, forms a solid pillar of the bank’s private customer business. For decades, BHW Bausparkasse’s two core business areas of home loan savings and construction financing have helped many people securely move into their own four walls.

DSL Bank — a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG — specialises in residential real estate financing and has established itself as one of the leading mortgage lenders in Germany. In addition, it offers a wide range of personal loans. DSL Bank also has a special focus on cooperating with financial service providers as their partner bank. With an extensive network at hand, DSL Bank is always close to its clients and can optimally adapt its products and services.

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SOURCE: European Investment Bank


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