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Cyprus To Invest Over €3 billion On Climate Change By 2030, FinMin Says

Cyprus’ total investment on climate change in both EU and public funds as well as private investments are estimated to amount to €3.1 billion by 2030, the Finance Ministry has said.

The European Union has set ambitious goals about the green transition, adopting the Green Deal and aspiring to render the Union as climate-neutral by 2040. In this context, the EU has also adopted the “Fit for 55” package which ups the EU interim target of reducing emissions from 40% to 55% by 2030 compared with 1990.

Moreover, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis prompted the EU countries to reconsider their strategy on energy security through alternative credible options, which culminated in the programme RepowerEU, which became an integral part of the Recovery and Resilience Fund.

“The Republic of Cyprus has programmed and utilises EU Funds to promote many projects that contribute to the green transition”, the Finance Ministry said in the Strategic Framework on Fiscal Policy, an annual document that precedes the annual state budget.

EU funds earmarked for green transition projects in Cyprus amount to €1.1 billion coming from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Thalia programme on structural funds.

The Finance Ministry estimated that along with the necessary national contribution and the contribution from the private sector as part of the various subsidy schemes, such as the renovation of buildings and electronic vehicle purchases, total investments will amount to €3.1 billion.

The promotion of a large number of investment projects and reforms with a direct contribution in achieving the green transition, remains a key parameter in the utilisation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Social Cohesion Funds, the Ministry added.

The report also noted that apart from the direct contribution to tackling the impact of climate change and achieving the climate neutrality targets based on the EU Green Deal directives, promoting climate growth is estimated to create new jobs and business opportunities.

Moreover, the Finance Ministry pointed out that Cyprus’ Long-Term Strategy for the economy, also called “Vision 2035” sets a green economy as a basic element for the growth of the Cypriot economy.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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