Focus Area

Sustainable Finance in Infrastructure

Sustainable Finance is a powerful tool for raising capital in support of private sector climate goals in emerging markets, through use-of-proceeds, such as green, social, or sustainable bonds, or through target-driven instruments, such as sustainability-linked bonds. Issuance has grown rapidly — more than doubling between 2020 and 2021 — crossing $6 trillion as of April 2023. 

IFC brings unrivaled expertise for such financing, leveraging in-house knowledge on climate and social issues, access to blended finance and local currencies, and funding for pre-investment work. We have played a key role in shaping guidance to support the development of sustainable finance, such as ICMA’s Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles and LMA/APLMA’s Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles. This deep and broad experience allows IFC to provide a holistic offering for sustainable finance products. 

IFC’s integrated approach — encompassing strategy, financing, and implementation — is unique in the market, providing clients with significant advantages.


The IFC Approach

Step 1: Strategic Support

Early-stage engagement to help companies craft or enhance sustainability strategies, including climate, gender, and just transition.

Step 2: Transaction Support

Acting as the sustainability coordinator to identify appropriate sustainability key performance indicators and set ambitious targets.

Step 3: Implementation Support

Supporting program implementation and providing co-funding from IFC and donor financing. 

Contact Us

Ignacio De Calonje
Sustainable Finance Lead, Global Infrastructure
Nadine Ghannam
Senior Communications and Outreach Officer
+1 (202) 473-3011