Key figures

Nefco finances small and medium-sized green projects with the aim to demonstrate new technologies or solutions with scale-up potential. We evaluate concrete project results and expect Return on Impact.

1,559 projects

that have been financed

80 countries

with Nefco-financed projects

91 new projects

agreed in 2021

400 ongoing projects

at the end of 2021

31.6 million Certified Emission Reductions

generated through Nefco Carbon Funds since their start

80% less nutrient pollutants

such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen as a result of wastewater projects

47% electricity savings

as a result of energy-efficiency projects in Eastern Europe

Funds assigned to Nefco since 1995

Nefco’s paid-in capital and retained earnings form the basis for its investment activities. At the end of 2021 Nefco managed funds for a total of EUR 534 million.

Total funds managed at end 2021

Investments and projects as per environmental driver

Since the beginning of 2021, Nefco has adopted the EU Taxonomy for sustainable investments framework as its primary classification system to identify investment projects. Projects are categorised based on whether the economic activity is eligible and aligned. Based on a preliminary assessment, 76% of Nefco’s investment portfolio in 2021 was Taxonomy eligible.

Assessment against EU Taxonomy criteria in 2021 – Number of projects in %

EU Taxonomy assessment in 2021

Active projects at the end of 2021

At the end of 2021, Nefco had a total of 400 active projects in its portfolio. This number includes investments made from our own capital and trust fund projects. The majority of the projects in the active portfolio are related to climate change mitigation, mainly through energy efficiency measures or the production of renewable energy. The number of projects related to the sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources, pollution prevention and circular economy is increasing.


Active projects end 2021