Research shows that between 2015 and 2030, the world will need to invest an average of $6.2 trillion annually in infrastructure. More than 120 financial actors recently came together to discuss ways to secure this finance and ensure it supports low-carbon, climate-resilient projects.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF), expected to become the main vehicle for securing and distributing finance, moved one step closer to disbursing funds this week. Its resources will support a range of activities that reduce emissions or foster resilience—such as installing renewable energy, helping farmers grow drought-resistant crops and reducing deforestation.
If you had an initial $10 billion in capital to fight climate change and boost resilience, how would you decide how to spend it? This is one of the key questions facing the Green Climate Fund Board at its ninth meeting in Songdo, South Korea this week.
MEXICO CITY (March 17, 2015)— Today, Mexico City’s Head of Government Miguel Ángel Mancera announced a new partnership with World Resources Institute, World Bank, CAF, and Inter-American Development Bank to invest $150 million in expanding and modernizing sustainable transport systems. The announcement comes after a 60 day period of discussions on the future of Mexico City’s sustainable transport solutions kicked-off on the margins of WRI’s event Transforming Transportation 2015.
WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015)— The World Resources Institute announced today that Paul Bodnar will join the organization as a senior advisor for WRI's Sustainable Finance Center. Bodnar will help lead the Finance Center’s work on climate finance technical analysis, strategy and policy. Most recently, Bodnar served at the White House as director for Climate Change and Environment at the National Security Council.
Citigroup's new five-year sustainability strategy could help shift global capital towards low-carbon development.
Today, President Obama released his 2016 Budget Request outlining the administration’s spending plans for the coming fiscal year. The request includes $500 million in funding for the Green Climate Fund, and $230 million for the Climate Investment Funds. The budget allocation to the Green Climate Fund is part of the $3 billion pledge the U.S. made in November 2014, while $230 million requested for the Climate Investment Funds would complete a commitment made under the Bush Administration in 2008.
A presentation on access to information policies at development banks by WRI's Sustainable Finance Team.
Despite difficult negotiations in Lima, discussions signaled the positive outlook among development banks for expanding climate finance in Latin America and the Caribbean.
With increasing low-carbon investments, pledges to the Green Climate Fund, and ambitious renewable energy and efficiency targets demonstrate robust political and financial commitments, building momentum for a strong global response to climate change.