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A sustainable and connected Europe

Sustainable growth through a low-carbon, resource-efficient, and more competitive and inclusive economy is a key priority for Europe. EY is well-positioned to assist in this transition with regard to energy, transport, ICT and other important infrastructure such as water and waste management. We have dedicated teams experienced in a wide range of sectors such as renewable energy, power and utilities, transport and telecommunications that are supported by an international network of professionals across Europe and around the world. Our advisory services related to the diagnosis, development and the implementation of sustainability-focused strategies and approaches are well-adapted to governments and public institutions.

Connecting Europe is resulting from transport policies, legislative and funding activities which are a core responsibilities of the European Union for the functioning of the Internal Market and for the achievement of the freedom of movement enshrined in the Treaty. The EU’s mission to promote a mobility that is efficient, integrated, cross-border, safe, secure and environmentally friendly and which creates also the conditions for a competitive industry generating growth and jobs is fundamental for the European economy.

Our position as a leading infrastructure advisor in Europe means we are central to driving major European infrastructure projects forward. To this end we are continuously investing in our teams and sharpening our know-how with the view to providing the EU with level A and innovative solutions to our tomorrow’s challenges.

The European Commission’s Energy Strategy sets the ambition of creating an Energy Union to provide secure, sustainable, competitive, affordable energy for all. Targets include reducing dependence on energy from outside the EU, boosting the share of renewable energy and creating an internal energy market. Our team has strong experience in the assessment of the energy market’s main players and needs, the analysis of energy policies as well the development of scenarios and financing strategies for innovative technologies. . We have recently been engaged by the European Commission to support their research and innovation strategies to effectively boost research, innovation, leadership and market take-up of new European technology solutions in the field of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and clean coal.

The EU 2011 Transport White Paper sets ambitious targets for the Union’s transport sector in terms of modal shift, connectivity and sustainability in order to achieve a reduction of harmful emissions generated by the transport industry. In addition, the EU has also the ambition to promote EU standards, best practices and technologies developed at global level. For investments in transport and infrastructure, in current times of Member States’ and EU’s budget constraints , our teams are engaged to deliver innovative solutions to finance, support and strengthen investments also through the designing of enabling conditions for public-private blended finance, an optimal use of EU grants (from CEF, ESIF and CF), a more attractive climate for Institutional Investors and enhanced potentiality for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI / Juncker Plan).

EY’s Cleantech and Sustainability team brings together experienced cross-border professionals to offer tailored financial and technical approaches for sustainability- related challenges that are informed by our knowledge of industry trends, as well as our deep understanding of the challenges faced by companies and Member States. Our teams have been providing such services to public and private sector clients, as well as international organizations, for more than 15 years

Our services include:

  • Infrastructure advisory

    We advise on financial engineering to identify optimal scenarios for quality infrastructure financing, at local, national and regional level. Our services cover all phases of an asset’s lifecycle, from master planning to decommissioning. We develop business plans, cost benefit analyses as well as technical and financial optionering, project finance structuring and risk sharing models. Moreover, we assess the economic and regulatory environment, identifying market trends, valuating policy options and advising on tax structures. Our focus areas are: Energy, Transport, Smart and Climate Change resilient Infrastructure.

  • Sustainable performance and transformation

    We help companies transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and sustainable economy. We assist them in developing new business models such as a functional and circular economy, working toward energy and resource efficiency, as well as developing and managing green products and portfolios. We also help companies define their sustainable development strategy, and determine relevant environmental and social indicators to track their performance over time.

  • Public policy advisory and assessment

    We provide strategic studies and CBA for public institutions on environmental issues that assist decision-makers in charge of environmental and sustainable development policies. This work covers a range of subjects including sustainable energy production, waste management, integrated product policy, eco-labels and resource and water management. We also carry out analyses and evaluations on environmental policies and programs for public institutions, as well as technical, financial, legal and organizational reviews of projects.

  • Climate change adaption and risk management

    Our organization has a long-standing experience in CO2 emission monitoring, reporting and verification, in the context of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the Clean Development Mechanism, as well as identifying and addressing climate-related risks. Our team also works with financial institutions to develop environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks, to develop climate-related criteria in investment portfolios and to assist the issuance of green bonds. We also support public decision-makers in the design of climate finance funds and mechanisms. Moreover, we have recently been engaged by the European Commission to perform a stock-tacking analysis of how climate change adaptation measures are incorporated into infrastructure projects, both at European and Member State level. Our study will feed into the public consultation process and be functional to the update of the EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, foreseen in 2018.