Climate Chance Summit Europe 2022

Access to Climate Finance in Europe

Access to Climate Finance

In December 2020, the Council of the European Union agreed on a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of €1074 billion for the period 2021-2027, with the ecological transition at the heart of its roadmap, the European Green Deal. Combined with the €750 billion Next Generation EU recovery plan to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, never before has so much public money been made directly available to shift our societies to a low-carbon model. The MFF 2021-2027 sets out the principles of integration, specialisation and generalisation of the alignment of public spending with the Paris Agreement and its climate objectives across all structural funds.

How can local governments, regions and local actors benefit from these funds to support and finance their climate strategies and actions? What tools are available to them to access the funds? How can they influence the orientation of European funds towards low-carbon and climate-friendly projects?


  • Michael Quernez, Mayor of Quimperlé, Secretary General of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AFCCRE)
  • Claire Roumet, Director of Energy Cities
  • Vincent Chauvet, Mayor of Autun, Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR),CoR rapporteur on ‘The implementation of green budgets at local and regional levels’
  • Tristan Riom, Municipal and Metropolitan Representative in charge of Building, Energy and Climate, Deputy of the District, Nantes Metropole
  • Grégoire Chauvière Le Drian, Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group Office in France
  • René Kassis, Board Member of Finance for Tomorrow
  • Laurence Pessez, Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility, BNP Paribas (to be confirmed)
  • Nathalie Lhayani, Director of Sustainable Policy, Caisse des Dépôts Group


  • Marguerite Culot, Head of programmes, Strategic Development and Institutional Relations