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Dec 22, 2016
Climate change presents risks and opportunities for the financial sector in both emerging and advanced economies. Financial institutions cannot afford to be outside of the transition path to low-carbon economies. Energy subsidies, emission standards, and carbon prices will all have a direct impact on the financial positions of these institutions’ clients, making climate risk an important element of any credit decision. Yet there are also significant opportunities for financial institutions to provide innovative financing products for energy efficiency upgrades, renewable power generation, green buildings, green transport, and climate-smart agriculture and architecture. And there is a growing community of investors seeking new climate and environment friendly opportunities.
English | 6 Pages - December - Note 27 | IFC, 2016 6| IFC
Dec 5, 2016
The international market for green bonds—securities that raise capital for specific climate or environmental sustainability purposes—has experienced tremendous growth and could reach an annual market value of over $100 billion dollars this year. As part of this growth, new market tools, skills, and capital have been introduced into the green bond market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and more broadly address the problem of climate change.
ENGLISH, 6 PAGES – DECEMBER – NOTE 25 | IFC, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Emerging markets are especially vulnerable to threats from climate change. Storms, droughts, and floods jeopardize the livelihoods of farmers, while extreme temperatures limit the ability of workers to be outdoors. Insurance is one tool that can help emerging markets adapt to climate change by heading off threats before they become disasters. Some pilot projects around the world are showing promise in using insurance to help emerging markets reduce the impact of climate change.
English | 3 Pages - September - Note 13 | © IFC, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Cities, which are home to half of the world’s population, are on the front lines of climate change. Extreme temperatures, storms, and floods have a higher impact in crowded urban areas. And cities in emerging economies will bear an even greater burden of climate change threats. Given their vulnerability, as well as their ability to affect change, cities will be key players in shaping efforts to lessen the impact of climate change. Now a number of new initiatives are helping urban leaders better assess and respond to climate risks.
English | 4 Pages - September - Note 12 | © IFC, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Insurance plays a vital role in protecting people, businesses, and public institutions against shocks, allowing them to transfer risks and purchase security. Insurers in advanced economies even act as financial intermediaries. In many emerging economies, however, insurance is still in a nascent stage. Yet it has the potential to become a critical tool for businesses to build operations that are resilient to climate change while also providing a source of economic growth. For insurance in emerging economies to take off, the public and private sectors must first lay the necessary groundwork.
English | 4 Pages - September - Note 11 | © IFC, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Climate change doesn’t just threaten the environment, it poses risks to a country’s businesses and economy. Understanding these risks can be complex, yet there are a growing number of tools that can help businesses analyze how their operations will be affected. In order to integrate climate risk into their overall risk management models, companies will need a thorough understanding of how climate change can affect them. With it, they can then take steps to build resilience into operations.
English | 5 Pages - September - Note 10 | © IFC, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Severe storms, record heat waves, intense droughts, and floods—the impact of climate change rises every year and economic and financial losses rise with it. Insurance plays a major role in helping businesses in advanced economies mitigate the consequences of the changing climate and prepare for policy changes ahead. But insurance in emerging markets isn’t yet able to make the same contribution, despite the fact that natural disasters disproportionally affect people and firms in these countries. Recently, however, a number of new business and donor initiatives have begun to create innovative approaches to using insurance to address climate change.
English | 5 Pages - September - Note 9 | © IFC, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
This guide provides background for those who are implementing or intending to invest in solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Pakistan.
85 Pages | © 2016 IFC | Complimentary
Aug 10, 2015
This report analyzes barriers to and opportunities for private sector participation in district heating (DH) in the Western Balkan countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia, as well as in Mongolia and Ukraine.
70 pages | © August 2015 IFC | Complimentary|
Jun 20, 2015
This guidebook aims to enhance the understanding of how to successfully develop, finance, construct, and operate utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. It targets project developers entering a market and is also meant to serve as a reference source for contractors, investors, government decision makers, and other stakeholders working on PV projects in emerging markets.
208 pages | © June 2015 IFC | Complimentary
Jun 17, 2015
Jun 17, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
This white paper aims to create awareness – among stakeholders including policy makers, utilities and regulators – of the opportunities and challenges of the rooftop solar market. It focuses on implementation options, including public-private partnerships, and discusses practical issues related to planning and implementing rooftop solar initiatives. It discusses policy and technical issues that can help stakeholders make informed decisions, especially in terms of meeting local objectives.
130 pages | © 2014 IFC | Complimentary
Nov 30, 2014
IFC partnered with Unifrutti, an international fruit exporter with a local presence in the Philippines, to help build the management capacity of local farmers and provide technical training that helps growers maintain soil quality, recycle water, and produce quality crops.
Region: East Asia & the Pacific / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness
Nov 23, 2014
IFC worked with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., an IFC investment and advisory client, to conduct a Water Footprint Assessment which helps companies reduce water-related risks, improve water efficiency, and mitigate social and environmental impact.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness
Jun 30, 2014
This second edition of a Best Practices Guide for Geothermal Exploration is aimed at project developers and their service providers to outline the state of the art tools and techniques for geothermal exploration.
196 pages | © June 2014 IGA & IFC | Complimentary
Jun 24, 2014
This publication presents 16 different examples of how IFC has worked with private sector clients across the world, typically combining finance and advice. This powerful combination of money and knowledge helps our clients not only sustain but also grow their businesses, thereby paving the way for robust job creation, growth, and positive environmental and social benefits.
79 pages | © June 2014 IFC | Complimentary
Jun 12, 2014
This report analyzes the current status of Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) technology deployment in developing countries and investigates the success factors in countries where WHR has become widely spread.
81 pages | © June 2014 IFC | Complimentary|
May 31, 2014
How can companies across the world achieve stronger performance while addressing sustainability challenges? How can they learn from each other? And how can IFC help by leveraging its unique vantage point at the intersection of business and development? SUSTAIN addresses these questions by offering a global platform for a conversation on cutting-edge business solutions among thought leaders and pioneers from the private sector, international organizations, academia, and the World Bank Group.
60 pages | © May 2014 IFC | Complimentary
Nov 4, 2013
IFC has worked with the Principal Officers Association of South Africa (POA) and engaged the South African retirement industry to create the “Responsible Investment and Ownership: A Guide for Pension Funds in South Africa.”
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: Climate Change
Aug 1, 2013
This Good Practice Handbook on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets proposes a six-step process to assist private sector companies in emerging markets identify cumulative impacts and guide them in the effective design and implementation of measures to manage such cumulative effects.
102 pages | © August 2013 IFC | Complimentary
Jun 30, 2013
This manual is a practical tool to promote the development of Performance-Based Contracts with the intention of helping water utility companies improve their operational efficiency levels, reduce their water losses, and increase the quality of their services.
68 pages | © June 2013 IFC | Complimentary
Jun 18, 2013
The state of Gujarat in India, which enjoys more than 300 sunny days a year, has a long-term goal of making its capital, Gandhinagar, a solar-powered city. As a first step, Gujarat turned to IFC to help with an innovative 5 MW rooftop solar project to add power generating capacity, develop contractual models for further solar projects, and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of rooftop-based solar power.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Climate Change
Jun 18, 2013
IFC is working with Russia’s industrial sector to increase investments in resource efficiency technologies that reduce both costs and pollution. So far, IFC has worked with 58 entities, including companies such as UAZ-Metallurgia and Kuibyshev Azot, and has facilitated $312 million in resource efficiency investments, allowing companies to mitigate environmental damage, increase profits, become more competitive, and attract more capital.
Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Manufacturing / Key Topic: Climate Change
Jun 18, 2013
Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program, aims to create a market for safe, affordable, modern off-grid lighting products that directly benefit low-income households and small businesses. The program supports companies entering this market by providing them with business and quality assurance guidance and access to finance.
Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Global / Strategic Priorities: Climate Change, Infrastructure