Tag Archives: risk gaps

Dear Davos: There Are Ways to Boost Investment in Better, Cleaner Growth

January 22, 2015 |

 

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called for proper consideration of the risks associated with investing in the high-carbon economy and for more investment in better, cleaner forms of growth.

This video interview with CPI Senior Director Barbara Buchner provides useful background for those at the WEF calling to make 2015 a year of action on climate change. In it she shares CPI’s analysis on how the world is progressing toward the investment needed to limit emissions and climate change and what current financial flows reveal about how we might unlock further investment.

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Why risk coverage matters and what can be done to scale up green investment

December 6, 2013 |

 

Risk, whether real or perceived, matters. It is the biggest barrier preventing private capital from flowing into investments and, given the enhanced risk profile of low-carbon technologies, it is even more crucial for climate finance investments. Higher risks demand higher returns and higher financing costs, making low-carbon technologies even less competitive.

While not all risks need to be reallocated, whenever risk falls onto a party not suited or not willing to bear it, risk coverage instruments (such as guarantees) can be key to unlocking private resources without depleting public budgets.

CPI has observed this phenomenon time and time again in our case studies.

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The role of risk in renewable energy deployment: A video overview

June 10, 2013 |

 

In this brief video, CPI senior director Barbara Buchner discusses the role of risk  in renewable energy deployment. She identifies opportunities for the public sector and development financial institutions to unlock capital for green investments.

Learn more about the role of risk in climate finance here: http://climatepolicyinitiative.org/publication/risk-gaps/

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