Éric Lombard: “I cannot be accused of immobility”

Éric Lombard: “I cannot be accused of immobility”

MAINTENANCE – The managing director of Caisse des dépôts defends the role of the institution in the recovery and the energy transition.

Appointed Managing Director of Caisse des dépôts at the end of 2017, defends the role of the public institution, in particular through its financial portfolio and its major subsidiaries shaken by the crisis.

LE FIGARO. – The European Commission presented an ambitious “climate package” on Wednesday. The ecological transition will be fast, difficult… and costly. How will the Caisse des dépôts contribute to this?

Eric LOMBARD. – The ecological transformation requires massive investments, but it will also create massive activity and jobs. In the debate between growth and decline, I have no doubt: this transformation will create wealth. Will it be complicated? Yes. Because everything has to change: housing, transport, production methods… The Caisse des dépôts is committing 26 billion euros in equity in addition to the 100 billion in the recovery plan in which ecological transition is a priority. It mobilizes 40 billion euros in financing…