Meet the 2019 Lab ideas
Lab Members selected six new ideas to take forward for development in the 2019 cycle, which aim to accelerate investment for sustainable cities, blue carbon, energy access, and sustainable agriculture.
The Lab at COP24
At the recent COP24 held in Katowice, Poland, four Lab instruments announced over $55 million in new funding. This brings the total that Lab instruments have mobilized to $1.4 billion.
Call for sustainable investment ideas
The Lab recently closed its call for innovative sustainable investment ideas for the 2019 cycle. The 2019 cycle will focus on ideas that target sustainable agriculture for smallholders in West & Central Africa, sustainable energy access, blue carbon in coastal & marine ecosystems, and sustainable cities. The selected ideas will be announced in February.
The Lab launches the 2018 class of instruments
Over their lifetimes, the 2018 instruments have the potential to collectively mobilize billions of dollars, and reduce emissions by an amount roughly equivalent to the 2013 carbon footprint of Paris. They will also bring significant social and economic benefits to targeted developing countries, including job creation and increased income, gender empowerment, healthier cities, and energy access.
IFAD joins the Lab to drive finance to African smallholder farmers
Nations, businesses, and investors are working to move toward a low-carbon, climate resilient economy. Many of the measures underpinning this transition, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport, climate smart agriculture, and curbing deforestation, face specific barriers to attracting investment.
By identifying, developing, and supporting transformative sustainable finance ideas, the Lab aims to drive billions of dollars of private investment to the low-carbon economy.
Funding for the Lab operations is generously provided by:
Lab instruments launched
mobilized by Lab instruments
invested by Lab Members
How it Works
1. Call for Ideas
Open call for innovative sustainable investment solutions
Lab Members select the most promising ideas.
Selected ideas for India, Brazil, and Global Labs benefit from analysis, stress-testing, and guidance from experts and investors. Fire Awards finalists prepare business pitches.
4. Endorsement & Launch
Lab Members vote to launch the ideas for piloting, based on their innovation, actionability, financial sustainability, and catalytic potential. Fire Awards winners are announced.
The ideas move into action, fundraising to launch pilots, with continued support from the Lab network.