Cooperation

We place great importance on cooperating with other financial institutions, and participate in international and regional forums to promote sustainable finance and the development of common standards and principles for impact reporting.
NIB co-finances projects together with other international financial institutions and public and private lenders. Lending to small and medium-sized enterprises is channeled through intermediary banks. In addition, NIB is a member of several networks, forums and associations that promote cooperation on sustainability and green finance.

International financial institutions

 

NIB has established cooperation with international financial institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Council of Europe Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the IBRD, IDA, and IFC within the World Bank Group.

Furthermore, NIB has cooperation agreements with three regional multilateral banks: the Black Sea Trade & Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration CABEI and the Development Bank of Latin America CAF. Through these institutions, NIB can operate also in countries where it has no agreement on financial cooperation.

 

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At the high-level meeting of the EIB's Management Committee and NIB's Executive Committee, discussing joint commitments and cooperation on climate and environmental finance. From left: EIB President Werner Hoyer and NIB President & CEO Henrik Normann.

 

Cooperation on sustainability & green finance

 

NIB cooperates with other international financial institutions and organisations to develop sound, coordinated and effective ways of promoting sustainable finance. In this context, the Bank participates in a number of international and regional forums to develop common standards and principles for greening the financial system.

Baltic Sea Sea eutrophication photo ESA Earth Observation DataSatellite image of algal bloom in the Baltic Sea. Photo: ESA Earth Online

Links

ICMA - Green Bond Principles impact reporting resources

UNFCCC - IFIs Harmonization of Standards for GHG accounting

  • In 2019, NIB took part in the consultations of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG), which was set up by the European Commission to assist it in developing a unified taxonomy for sustainable economic activities, an EU green bond standard, and methodologies for low-carbon indices and metrics for climate-related disclosure.
  • NIB also continued to act as chair of the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee during 2019. The Green Bond Principles, the Social Bond Principles, and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines (the “Principles”) are voluntary process guidelines that promote the integrity, transparency and development of the green bond market. NIB first became a member of the GBP Executive Committee in 2016. The Bank participates in several GBP working groups, including the working groups on Impact Reporting, Climate Transition Finance and Sustainability-linked bonds.
  • In 2019, NIB joined the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer. The NGFS is composed of central banks and financial supervisors. Its purpose is to help strengthen the global response required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • NIB signed the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in December 2019.
  • Since 2013, NIB applies the International Financial Institution Framework for a Harmonised Approach to Greenhouse Gas Accounting. CO2 estimates are an important parameter in assessing a project’s eligibility for financing under the Bank’s environmental mandate.
    In 2015, IFI working groups developed sector specific accounting principles for renewable energy, energy efficiency and the transportation sector on the basis of the harmonised approach to project-level greenhouse gas accounting.
  • NIB works together with the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, also known as HELCOM, to develop common environmental objectives and actions for the Baltic Sea.
  • The Bank also participates in the Multilateral Financial Institutions’ Working Group on Environmental and Social Standards (MFI-WGESS), a platform for MFIs to work together on issues related to responsible financing and sustainable development.
  • Since 2006, NIB is signatory to the European Principles for the Environment (EPE) concerning environmental management in the financing of projects.
 
 

Financial intermediaries

In addition to financing projects directly with larger companies, NIB channels financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through financial intermediaries. Loan programmes with intermediaries broaden the geography of NIB's operations, as they allow the Bank to reach companies with specific knowledge of national and regional markets.

In NIB's member countries, commercial banks usually act as intermediaries. Outside the member countries, NIB cooperates with financial intermediaries, mainly state-owned development banks, and with governmental intermediaries, such as ministries of finance and economy.

Financial intermediaries

 

Nordic Finance Group

 

Together, the three financial institutions located in Helsinki, Finland,—NIB, the Nordic Development Fund and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation—form the Nordic Finance Group.

 

NDF

NDF is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries and facilitates climate change investments primarily in low-income countries.
Visit NDF's website

 

 

NEFCO

NEFCO is an international financial institution established by the Nordic countries to increase environmental awareness in Eastern and Central Europe by providing financing to small and medium-sized environmental projects.
Visit NEFCO's website

 
 

 

Northern Dimension

 

The Northern Dimension (ND) is an instrument of cooperation between four equal partners, the European Union, Russia, Norway and Iceland. Geographically, the ND covers Northwest Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic regions, including the Barents region. The USA and Canada hold observer status in the ND.

The Northern Dimension policy aims to support stability, welfare and sustainable development in the region by means of practical cooperation. The ND is an instrument through which the European Union, Russia, Norway and Iceland cooperate in selected fields, such as the environment, nuclear safety or social welfare and health care issues.

The Northern Dimension also addresses questions that specifically conern the northern areas, such as the vulernable Arctic environment and matters related to indigenous peoples.

The main regional organisations active in the Northern Dimension are the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Barents Euro Arctic Council, the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Northern Dimension website

 

 

Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership

 

NDEP

 

NIB is a partner in the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), which is a cooperative effort to coordinate and support the financing of urgent environmental investments in north-western regions of Russia. The partnership combines the expertise and resources of the European Commission, the Russian Federation, the EBRD, the EIB, NIB and the World Bank.

The NDEP promotes sustainable solutions in wastewater treatment, solid waste management, energy and water supply, as well as the treatment of nuclear waste.

NDEP website

 

 

Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics

 

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Transportation and Logistics (NDPTL) was established in October 2009. The current members of the NDPTL are Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the European Commission.

NDPTL endeavours to accelerate the implementation of major infrastructure projects within the Northern Dimension region, serving as a regional forum for transport and logistics issues and complementing the work of cooperation structures already in existence, with project financing to stem from national budgets, the EU, international financial institutions and relevant national financial institutions.

NDPTL

 

A secretariat for the partnership was set up within NIB in Helsinki in February 2011 with the objective of providing administrative and technical support to the Steering Committee and High-Level Meetings in their task of monitoring the implementation of the Partnership.
The objectives of the Partnership are detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Naples on 21 October 2009 on a ministerial level by eleven countries and the European Commission.

Read more on projects supported by the NDPTL Support Fund here.

NDPTL website

 

NDPTL secretariat

Oddgeir Danielsen, Director
Direct +358 10 618 0425
Mobile +358 50 431 4981
oddgeir.danielsen@ndptl.org

Olga Gurikova, Assistant
Direct +358 10 618 0378
Mobile +358 50 406 3693
olga.gurikova@ndptl.org