CALL FOR IDEAS

For the 2019 cycle, the Lab will be holding an open call for ideas for financial instruments that can unlock investment to tackle some of the most difficult climate and sustainable development challenges. The call for ideas will open on October 9, 2018. If you are interested in submitting an idea, please provide your information below and we will notify you when the call has opened.

KEY DATES

➤ October 9th, 2018: Call for ideas opens

➤ December 19th, 23:59 PST: Deadline for idea submissions

➤ February, 2019: Idea proponents are notified of selection

WHAT IS THE LAB LOOKING FOR?

The Lab is seeking ideas that can scale up investment in developing countries for key climate sectors, including clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable urbanization and transit, climate adaptation, and climate-smart land use and agriculture. Successful ideas are selected by Lab Members and other experts based on the following criteria.

Actionable

Identifies (1) the type of entity(ies) that could implement it, (2) the pathway towards implementation, including the timeframe, activities, and key milestones, and (3) possible challenges to implementation and related management strategies.

Innovative

Demonstrates the ability to address, directly or indirectly, barriers to private climate finance that (1) have not yet been addressed or (2) that will be addressed more effectively compared to other instruments in the market.

Catalytic

Demonstrates potential to (1) mobilize private climate capital within a sizeable market, (2) be scaled up or replicated in other contexts and, (3) achieve socioeconomic, development, and environmental impacts.

Financially Sustainable

Identifies (1) a strategy to phase out public financial support, thereby achieving market viability and (2) possible challenges to achieving its intended objectives and related management strategies.

WHY SUBMIT AN IDEA?

Selected ideas will receive guidance and support from high-level leaders from both the public and private sectors, who contribute expertise, political capital, and financial capital to the instruments. See the full list of Lab Members here.

Selected ideas will also benefit from robust analysis, stress-testing, and development by Climate Policy Initiative’s team of experts.

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value of analytical and communications support received by selected Lab ideas

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mobilized by Lab instruments endorsed in previous cycles

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invested by Lab Membership of over 60 expert institutions

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR IDEA IS SELECTED?

If your idea is selected by Lab Members, you will work with a team of analysts, key stakeholders, and experts to:

✓  Develop or refine the mechanics of your idea

✓  Survey comparable instruments, ensuring the final instrument is innovative and impactful

✓  Develop robust financial modeling

✓  Assess and document potential social and environmental impacts

 Map risks and risk mitigation strategies

✓  Develop a detailed implementation plan

✓  Produce promotional content

✓  Present your idea to donors and investors

✓  Potentially receive endorsement from the Lab

HOW HAVE PREVIOUS LAB INSTRUMENTS PROGRESSED?

Below are a few examples of Lab instruments that were launched and endorsed in previous Lab cycles, and their latest impact and progress. To learn more about all previous Lab instruments, visit Ideas.

CLIMATE INVESTOR ONE
Climate Investor One, a 2015 Global Lab instrument that provides funding for renewable energy projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, recently announced third close, which increased the facility by an additional $75 million, for a total of $535 million.

Learn more.

OASIS PLATFORM
The Oasis Platform, a 2016 Global Lab instrument for catastrophe and climate change risk assessment and adaptation, announced $3.5 million from the German government for a pilot in Southeast Asia. It was also selected as a 2018 winner of the Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Awards.

Learn more.

ENERGY SAVINGS INSURANCE
Energy Savings Insurance, a 2015 Global Lab instrument that insures the financial performance of energy efficiency savings projects in Latin America, recently received funding from the Green Climate Fund to scale up private investment for energy efficiency projects in Paraguay and Argentina. The product is already in action in seven additional countries in Latin America.

Learn more.

LOANS4SME
Loans4SME, a 2016 India Lab instrument that is a curated lending marketplace for small businesses in renewable energy and energy efficiency in India, has enabled 60 loans so far, totaling $35 million of capital raise.

Learn more.

The call for ideas will open on October 9, 2018. If you are interested in submitting an idea, please provide your information below and we will notify you when the call has opened.