Climate Finance


Our goal is to ensure economic growth in the face of increasingly scarce natural resources and climate instability. Enough capital exists to transition the world into a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. However, current investment in climate-friendly development falls far short of the need. Addressing investors’ needs, through innovative financial instruments and effective policy, can redirect finance from high-carbon to low-carbon infrastructure.


Our Focus

CPI has deep expertise in finance, and is a leader in navigating the financial aspects of energy, land use, and climate policies.

Led by Executive Director Barbara Buchner, CPI’s climate finance program conducts the most comprehensive mapping of climate finance flows available and convenes public and private stakeholders to design and implement innovative financial instruments through The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. We also work with governments, companies, investors, and foundations around the world to assess, test, and replicate their policies, programs, and investments. This work ensures that resources are spent as effectively as possible.

Climate Finance News


Green Bonds for Cities: A Strategic Guide for City-level Policymakers in Developing Countries

December 13, 2016

This report offers a strategic guide for cities in developing countries to access finance from green bonds, a potential source of finance for cities in developing countries looking to secure investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure to meet the water, energy, housing and transportation needs of their expanding urban populations.

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FT Investing for Good: Innovating Finance as a Force for Global Change

New York, December 7, 2016

CPI's Dr Barbara Buchner, as well as Prinicipal Uday Varadarajan will be presenting at the Financial Times Investing for Good, "...

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Powering climate action – the 2016 Fire winners

November 28, 2016

The Paris Agreement marks the start of a new era in climate policy, with commitments to climate action made by ...

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New Initiative: Global NDC Implementation Partners (GNIplus) Receives Funding from Netherlands to Accelerate Developing Country Climate Action, Starting in Kenya

November 15, 2016

Today, at the 22nd UNFCCC international climate negotiations, the Netherlands Government announced it will provide first funding to launch a ...

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The Landscape of REDD+ Aligned Finance in Côte d’Ivoire

November 14, 2016

This study identifies domestic and international public finance that limited deforestation and encouraged sustainable land use in Côte d’Ivoire in 2015. It provides a baseline against which to measure progress towards the levels of investment required to meet government goals for sustainable agriculture and reforestation. It also identifies opportunities to increase finance available for implementation of its National REDD+ Strategy. For example, greening the hundreds of billions of West African CFA francs (FCFA) spent annually on business-as-usual agriculture in the country could increase productivity without sacrificing the country’s forests.

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