Stabilizing the global climate is one of the most urgent challenges in coming decades. Our warming world affects all people and ecosystems, particularly the poor who already suffer disproportionately from climate-change impacts.
Multilateral development banks are key pistons in the climate finance engine, providing significant international financing for climate adaptation and mitigation and mobilizing private sector capital. Our analysis of the latest snapshot of MDB climate finance for 2016 offers cause for celebration – and concern.
WRI researchers analyzed energy supply investments from the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and Asian Development Bank. While only 3 percent of this financing is misaligned with the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2⁰C, about half fell into a “conditional” category; its alignment with a low-carbon future depends on how projects are designed.
President Trump's 2018 budget request for fiscal 2018 makes clear that international climate finance is in the crosshairs, undermining U.S. economic, diplomatic and security interests around the world.
The most recent communique from the G20 drops all references to climate change, a move reportedly instigated by the United States, Saudi Arabia and others. The omission is a setback, as climate finance benefits U.S. jobs and exports and is key to meeting global climate targets.
Over the past 25 years, dozens of national, regional and international climate funds have emerged, creating a confusing system. New WRI research offers recommendations to more effectively attract and disburse climate finance.
The United States spent $2.6 billion in 2015 to support climate action in developing nations. This finance represents just 0.07 percent of the federal budget, but boosts U.S. business, promotes development and improves national security.
Last week, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) convened in Songdo for its penultimate meeting in 2016. As the biggest multilateral climate fund to date, the GCF has a vital role to play in delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement. While the GCF has made some progress in the last year—including approving its first projects, adopting a strategic plan, strengthening its...
With three months to go until the next international climate negotiations, many developing countries are working hard to live up to the promises made in the Paris Agreement. But many institutions in developing countries face challenges in accessing and effectively deploying international climate finance. Representatives of two groups from Africa -- the Senegal-based Centre de Suivi Ecologique and Kenya's National Environmental Management Authority -- got together in July to help each other tackle some of these challenges.
Uruguay went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to installing the most wind per capita of any nation in 2014. New WRI research explores the country's smart use of climate finance, and offers lessons on how other nations can successfully transform their energy sectors.
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has committed to being "lean, clean and green." Will its new Environmental and Social Framework achieve that goal? Researchers Gaia Larsen and Sean Gilbert investigate.