The Lab network will be represented at COP26 during events that will cover emerging instruments to drive sustainable finance, approaches to closing the investment gap for climate projects, and other topics.


Private Finance for Climate Risk Adaptation: Bridging the Resilience Gap

Monday 8 November; 9:30 – 10:15
Benelux Pavilion

At this event, hosted by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), the Lab and colleagues from their network will leverage their experience in incubating innovative climate finance structures and business models to discuss key factors that can contribute to the success of innovative approaches to mobilizing private capital for climate adaptation. This event will bring together key players from the Lab’s network of climate finance innovators to address key questions:

  • How can we accelerate adaptation finance? Discussing factors that enable innovative ideas to successfully move from design to implementation, building climate resilience in emerging markets.
  • What does success look like? Sharing opportunity areas and lessons learned on developing and preparing projects, launching adaptation finance initiatives, and connecting them to external financing.
  • What are strategies to reduce key barriers? Sharing key issues that arise across sectors and markets, and strategies for managing them.

This event will present the perspectives from public and private investors, as well as on-the-ground implementers working to drive finance to bridge the adaptation gap.

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From Concept to Commercialisation: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation in Emerging Economies

Tuesday 9 November; 14:00-14:45
SDG7 Pavilion

This event, co-organized by the UK Government, CPI, and SEforAll, will hear the perspectives of local SME innovators and financiers about what works and works less well in accelerating the commercialization of innovative technologies, business models, and financial mechanisms in developing countries to support clean energy transitions.

Barbara Buchner will moderate and Lab proponent Thomas Motmans (Cooling as a Service) will join the panel 

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Global Climate Action Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 10 November; 18:00 – 19:30

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) has won the special 10th anniversary edition of the United Nations Global Climate Action Awards. The award, run by United Nations Climate Change since 2011, recognizes the world’s most innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change.

Barbara Buchner and Ben Broché will accept the award on behalf of the Lab.


Financing for Climate Friendly Investment Special Event

Thursday 11 November; 11:00 – 11:30
Action Hub – COP 26 Venue, SSE Hydro building

Organized by UN Climate Change, in partnership with the World Economic Forum Global Project on Climate Change, this event will recognize how innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources, resulting in greater institutional capacity to fund activities that promote low-carbon growth and highly resilient communities. This event will showcase the four winning projects of the 2021 UN Global Climate Action Award, under the Financing for Climate Friendly Investment focus area.

Ben Broché will speak at the event. 

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