Shovel-Ready Climate Finance Projects

Shovel-Ready Climate Finance Projects

Knowing that investors need to make every dollar count in these urgent times, we have compiled a list of Lab-endorsed instruments and projects that are “shovel ready,” able to leverage immediate funds into action.

Shovel-Ready Climate Finance Projects
Meet the 2020 Lab ideas

Meet the 2020 Lab ideas

Lab Members selected eight new ideas to take forward for development in the 2020 cycle, which aim to accelerate investment for energy access, nature-based solutions, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable cities.

Meet the 2020 Lab ideas
The Lab’s instruments surpass $2 billion in sustainable investment

The Lab's instruments surpass $2 billion in sustainable investment

With many leaders calling for climate action at scale, since 2014 the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance's instruments have collectively mobilized $2 billion in investments from public and private investors. Our new impact report highlights the key milestones and progress so far.

The Lab’s instruments surpass $2 billion in sustainable investment

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance

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 Secretariat:

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.

2. Selection

Lab Members select the most promising ideas.

3. Development

Selected ideas benefit from analysis, stress-testing, and guidance from experts and investors.


4. Endorsement & Launch

Lab Members vote to launch the ideas for piloting, based on their innovation, actionability, financial sustainability, and catalytic potential. 

5. Implementation

The ideas move into action, fundraising to launch pilots, with continued support from the Lab network.

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