Climate Business Resources
To help its clients better understand and respond to the risks of climate change, IFC is developing best practices in assessing private sector risk and adaptation strategy.Launced in 2008, IFC's Climate Risk Program features detailed case studies analyzing climate risks and adaptation options for projects taken from different sectors and regions.
By fully meeting the national targets they set under the Paris Agreement, South Asian countries can unlock $3.4 trillion of climate-smart investment opportunities, according to Climate Investment Opportunities in South Asia, a new report by IFC. The report identifies untapped opportunities for climate-smart investing in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka for sectors including renewable energy, transport, green buildings, urban wastewater, climate-smart agriculture, and municipal solid waste management.
An IFC report launched in November 2017 finds that, through a combination of smart policy reforms and innovative business models, developing countries can catalyze trillions of dollars in private investment to meet climate targets promised in the landmark Paris Agreement. The report identifies seven key climate-smart sectors that can make a crucial difference in attracting private sector finance.
An IFC report launched in April 2017 in partnership with Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zussamenarbeit (GIZ), seeks to provide methodologies for tracking flows that are aligned with much needed concrete definitions proposed at the project-level.
An IFC report launched in January 2017 finds that energy storage deployments in emerging markets are expected to grow 40 percent annually over the coming decade, resulting in about 80 gigawatts of new storage capacity. This will be a significant increase upon the less than 2 GW of capacity currently in place. The report outlines the principal uses, drivers, and challenges regarding commercialization of energy storage technologies in low- and middle-income countries, providing a forecast of expected deployments by region and impacts on energy access, grid stability, and other key areas.
An IFC report launched in November 2016 shows that the historic global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris helped open up nearly $23 trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets between now and 2030. IFC’s study, based on the national climate-change commitments and underlying policies of 21 emerging-market economies, representing 48 percent of global emissions, identifies sectors in each region where the potential for investment is greatest.
Since 2011, IFC has used these Climate Definitions to identify climate-related investment opportunities and track its climate finance. This new, updated set of Climate Definitions captures new market developments and reflects IFC’s new Climate Implementation Plan. It also reflects the commonly agreed principles for tracking mitigation finance agreed to by the multilateral development banks (MDBs). IFC looks forward to using these Definitions together with our clients, governments and other stakeholders to expand climate-friendly investments around the world.