Sustainable Finance

The Policy Initiative on Sustainable Finance comprises work streams on the three core topics sustainable infrastructure finance, climate finance, and greening the banking system with the objective of redirecting capital towards climate- and eco-friendly investments in order to enable the transformation towards low-carbon, resource-efficient economies. This includes, for instance, the development of environmental risk management and stress testing tools as well as the support of sustainable green bond market growth in G20 emerging economies.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation are both expensive and require substantial public and private sector financing to be secured and allocated in an efficient and equitable manner. Several mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund will have to be capitalised and leveraged efficiently. The governance of climate finance will require effective measurement, programming, reporting and monitoring systems, and the design of market mechanisms will demand collaboration and partnerships across nations and between the public and private sectors.

As an overarching topic, the insights of the Policy Initiative on Sustainable Finance are instrumental in shaping EPF´s other work streams as well.

How we work

The Policy Initiative on Sustainable Finance was launched in June 2016. EPF works on sustainable finance issues closely together with its sister network, the Emerging Markets Dialogue on Finance (EMDF) which has the objective to redirect capital towards climate- and eco-friendly investments in order to enable the transformation towards low-carbon, resource-efficient economies. Through the EMDF Green Assets Wallet project or the EPF Challenge Fund Projects the Policy Initiative is working on their objective to enable the transformation towards low-carbon, resource-efficient economies.

1 Research and Analysis

Policy Paper:

Mobilising Private Capital for Green Energy Investments – International Banking Regulations, 2018 (read more)

Mobilising Private Capital for Green Energy Investements in Nigeria, 2018 (read more)

Mobilising Private Capital for Green Energy Investements in South Africa, 2018 (read more)

Improving the Investor Base for Local Currency Bond Markets in China, India and Indonesia, 2017 (read more)

Mobilising Private Capital for Green Energy in India, 2017 (read more)

Untying the Gordian Knot: Catalysing Green Energy Investments in Emerging and Developing Economies, 2017 (read more)

 

 

3 Implementation Initiatives

Green Assets Wallet (GAW) Initiative (read more)

The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool (IISD) (read more)

Challenge Fund Project:

Banking on Africa: Opportunities for Fintech Development in Southern and Eastern Africa (read more)

Knowledge-Building on Sustainable Infrastructure in Emerging Economies (SAVi) (IISD) (read more)

 

2 Policy Agenda Setting

Panel discussion:

Sustainable Financial Solutions – How to Mainstream Green Bonds? 2017 (read more)

Members of the Policy Initiative:
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Brookings Institution
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD)
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)
Poize Institute for Women’s Policy Research

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