Submit your idea to drive sustainable investment

Submit your idea to drive sustainable investment

The Lab is now accepting proposals for the 2020 cycle. There is a special call for ideas that target sustainable energy access, cities, agriculture, and nature-based solutions, and that target India, Brazil, and Southern Africa. We also welcome ideas that target other climate mitigation and adaptation sectors and developing countries. The deadline to submit an idea is December 20th, 2019.

Submit your idea to drive sustainable investment
The Lab launches six new sustainable investment vehicles

The Lab launches six new sustainable investment vehicles

In the margins of the UN Climate Action Week, Lab members formally endorsed and launched the six innovative instruments in the Lab’s 2019 class, which aim to accelerate investment for sustainable cities, blue carbon, energy access, and sustainable agriculture.

The Lab launches six new sustainable investment vehicles
Five Years of the Lab

Five Years of the Lab

Since 2014, the Lab has launched 41 innovative solutions that collectively have mobilized $1.9 billion in investment for action on climate change and sustainable development. Our new impact report highlights the key milestones and progress achieved so far.

Five Years of the Lab

Driving Transformation

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 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.

5. Implementation

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