Climate Finance


Limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°Celsius while achieving sustainable development will require trillions in new investments, and a deliberate shift toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economic models.


Our Focus

With international expertise in finance and policy, Climate Policy Initiative’s climate finance division helps governments, businesses, and financial institutions drive economic growth while addressing climate change. The program, which is led by Dr. Barbara Buchner, works to drive low carbon, resilient investment at scale.

Our program areas form a stepping stone approach to reaching this goal:

  1. The State of Climate Finance – CPI is the leading authority on tracking and analyzing climate finance flows. The Global Landscape of Climate Finance is the most comprehensive inventory of climate change investment available. It is a key tool for policy makers to assess the scale of finance, identify the main actors in the market, reveal investment gaps, and highlight opportunities to mobilize finance to fulfill investment potential. Our work influenced the Paris Agreement, and continues to be used by the UNFCCC. CPI’s robust methodology has also been applied at a national and sectoral level to support the governments of India, Indonesia, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as by SEforAll to assess progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal to improve access to energy, and by IRENA to track renewable energy investment globally.
  2. Effective Finance – CPI advises governments and development finance institutions on the effectiveness of their portfolios, including the UK government’s Department for International Development, the Climate Investment Funds, and the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia. CPI also works to improve public finance interventions in key regions, such as India and Indonesia. For example, in India, we have worked with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Finance to illuminate issues around the cost of capital and revise low-cost debt policies.
  3. Transformative Finance – CPI supports the implementation of new and transformative finance solutions that mobilize sustainable investment at scale. CPI manages the Lab: a high-level group of public and private investors that identifies, develops, and supports pilots of transformative climate finance instruments. Since its start in 2014, the 41 investment vehicles incubated and launched by the Lab have collectively mobilized over $2 billion in finance for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, water, and climate resilience projects around the world. The Lab has been endorsed by the governments of India, Brazil, and the G7. CPI’s work managing the Lab was also selected in the top 11 “Best Bets” out of nearly 2000 applicants to the MacArthur 100&Change award. In addition to the Lab, CPI manages USICEF, India’s first project preparation facility for distributed renewable energy, and leads GNI+, a partnership between CPI, Baker McKenzie, and AECOM to provide governments with the best available policy, technical, financial, governance, and legal expertise to support their climate goals.


Climate Finance News


Live Q&A: How to improve smallholders’ access to finance in sustainable farming systems

Virtual Session, June 3, 2020

Date: Wednesday 3 June
Time: 7:00 PDT / 11:00 BRT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST / 19:30 IST

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Uncovering the Private Climate Finance Landscape in Indonesia

May 15, 2020

Climate finance in Indonesia is falling far short of the need.

Indonesia needs an estimated USD 247 billion by 2030 ...

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Enhancing Decentralized Renewable Energy Investment to Achieve Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contribution

May 14, 2020

Decentralized renewable energy can increase energy access to Indonesia’s underserved regions and contributes to its National Energy Policy targets. However, existing DRE business models fail to address prevailing barriers in the sector, ranging from policy barriers, limited access to finance, and high investment risks, discouraging private investments. This report, produced in collaboration with Hivos, aims to improve the overall financial feasibility of DRE in Indonesia.

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How the Coronavirus Recovery Effort can Support a European Green Deal

May 7, 2020

In the space of a few months, COVID-19 has changed the debate around large scale government intervention.

The need for ...

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Indonesia Environment Fund: Bridging the Financing Gap in Environmental Programs

April 30, 2020

Tasked with managing funds related to environmental protection and conservation, Indonesia’s Environmental Fund Management Agency provides a unique financing ...

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