Project Finance for Nature-Based Solutions

Project Finance for Nature-Based Solutions

Overview A project finance facility that aggregates high-integrity nature-based carbon projects with pre-purchase offtake agreements from high-integrity carbon credit buyers. The idea also proposes to include a technical assistance facility as a de-risking mechanism....
Climate Smart Shrimp Fund

Climate Smart Shrimp Fund

Overview  A USD 100 million revolving loan facility supporting SME shrimp farmers to adopt controlled intensification and other responsible aquaculture practices to increase shrimp yields and profits, while contributing to ecosystem restoration that offers mitigation...
Green, Affordable Housing Finance

Green, Affordable Housing Finance

Overview  A green mortgage instrument that provides data-driven alternative credit assessments for IFC-EDGE certified green homes to underwrite borrowers with low and informal incomes.  The Problem  The market for affordable housing in Kenya remains critically...

How private capital can be leveraged to fight climate change

Lab instrument The ACT Fund was featured in an article on the World Economic Forum website, authored by Brad Handler and Morgan Bazilian of the Colorado School of Mines, as an example of innovative approaches to using public funds can reorient their investment...

Lab instruments mobilized USD 816 million in 2021

Lab instruments mobilized USD 816 million in 2021, making it the best Lab year so far for total mobilization figures. Since the Lab’s inception in 2014, Lab instruments have surpassed USD 3.2 billion in climate investments, with roughly USD 1 billion coming from the...

Abiogás chooses managers for biogas guarantee fund

2021 Lab proponent Abiogás launched an open call to select a manager for the Guarantee Fund for Biogas, Monitor Mercantil reports. The Guarantee Fund for Biogas is a new financial instrument to accelerate biogas investments in Brazil. Abiogas aims to reach 30 million...

Webinar: the Lab Call for Ideas 2022

  SLIDES The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance is accepting proposals for innovative climate finance solutions to accelerate the transition to a Net Zero economy. The deadline for application is December 22. In this webinar, we cover the Lab’s 2022 cycle...

TerraFund for AFR100 launches at COP26

2020 Lab proponent World Resources Institute partnered up with One Tree Planted and Realize Impact to launch TerraFund for AFR100 at the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26). Learn more about how it is funding 100 small-scale and locally led land...

The Lab at COP26

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...

The Lab Demo Day 2021

 DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance hosted a virtual Demo Day on 20 October to present its 2021 groundbreaking climate finance ideas to the world. Each year, Lab ideas represent the latest and greatest in sustainable investment, and...

Webinar: Enhancing impact of AFOLU finance instruments

Download the presentation slides In the Climate Finance for Sustainable Agriculture: The Lab Webinar Series, developed for IFAD, the Lab presents some of its innovative financial instruments to catalyze greater investment into the sustainable agriculture sector,...

Webinar: Investing in smallholders’ regenerative practices

Download the presentation slides In the Climate Finance for Sustainable Agriculture: The Lab Webinar Series, developed for IFAD, the Lab presents some of its innovative financial instruments to catalyze greater investment into the sustainable agriculture sector,...

Introduction to the Lab

REGISTER NOW Next October, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) will open a call for innovative climate finance ideas that can unlock sustainable investments in emerging economies. Successful applications will be selected based on four criteria:...
Data-Driven Energy Access for Africa

Data-Driven Energy Access for Africa

By 2030, nine out of ten people in the world without energy access will be in Africa.  Decentralized renewable energy is one of the most cost-effective ways of scaling electrification, but due in part to stagnating investments in the space, the rate of energy access...
The ACT Fund

The ACT Fund

Africa is urbanizing rapidly. Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people in the next 30 years, yet there is an annual infrastructure funding gap estimated to be between USD 68-108 billion. Decisions made today on how the infrastructure to serve...
The Smallholder Resilience Fund

The Smallholder Resilience Fund

Africa’s smallholders represent the largest climate-vulnerable population on the planet. Their livelihood is entirely reliant on the environment, extremely vulnerable to even minor changes in temperature or rainfall. As a result, climate change threatens to have...

The Lab opens call for innovative climate finance ideas

Climate finance entrepreneurs can apply for the Lab’s 2021 development cycle Ideas should address barriers to climate investment in emerging markets, as well as challenges for a post-COVID, green economic recovery The deadline is 22 December 2020; selected ideas will...

Webinar: The Lab Call for Ideas 2021

Download the webinar slides here. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance is currently accepting proposals for innovative finance solutions that can unlock investment to tackle some of the most difficult climate and sustainable development challenges, especially...

The Lab – Demo Day 2020

The Lab’s Virtual Demo Day 2020 presented this year’s class of 8 climate finance instruments to an audience of more than 300 funders, investors, implementation partners and other climate finance enthusiasts. If you missed the live session, no worries! We...
Demo Day 2020

Demo Day 2020

THE LAB: DEMO DAY 2020 Investment Opportunities   The Lab’s Demo Day introduced this year’s instruments to potential investors, funders, and implementation partners. About the investment opportunities The Lab’s class of 2020 targets four main areas: nature-based...
Member Spotlight: IFAD

Member Spotlight: IFAD

  One of the strengths that sets the Lab apart from other climate finance incubators is the diversity and involvement of its membership. While the Lab team provides analytical rigor, networking opportunities and management support to nurture Lab-endorsed...
Five trees or a latte?

Five trees or a latte?

2020 Lab finalist GROVE: Forestry Smart Ledger was featured by Reuters, in an article highlighting the catalytic potential of the instrument. GROVE “plans to launch an app and website in the next six months using blockchain technology to crowdsource donations...

BASE announces winners of first CaaS incubator

Lab proponent BASE has announced the winners of the CaaS incubator, which aims to help organizations implement the innovative and disruptive Cooling-as-a-Service (CaaS) model, endorsed in 2019 by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. Applications for CaaS...

The Lab at COP25

Experts from the Lab network will host and present at several events at COP25 that cover the Lab and innovative instruments to drive sustainable finance, as well as the global landscape of climate finance, climate alignment in the financial sector, approaches to...

Webinar: The Lab Call for Ideas 2020

 Download here the presentation for this webinar. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance is currently accepting proposals for financial instruments that can unlock investment to tackle some of the most difficult sustainable development challenges. In five...

BASE has launched the Cooling as a Service Alliance

Cooling as a Service (CaaS), endorsed by the Lab in September as part of the 2019 cycle, is launching the CaaS Alliance, a partnership between technology providers, cooling customers, investors, and other stakeholders in the model. The alliance aims to create a...

Forbes: How Private Equity Can Fight Climate Change

Forbes interviewed Jay Koh, Co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group and the proponent of 2017 Lab instrument CRAFT (Climate Resilience and Adaptation Finance & Technology Transfer Facility). He talked about how private equity can help address the...

Climate Investor One Third Close at USD 535 Million

Climate Fund Managers, the fund manager of the innovative blended finance facility Climate Investor One (CIO), announces the Third Close at USD 535 million.  The Third Close increases the facility by an additional ca. USD 75 million. Climate Investor One, a 2015...
The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance

Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance AboutMembersIdeasNews & EventsContact About Members Data-Driven Energy Access for AfricaThe technology aggregates and leverages multiple data sources, including the customer repayment data and geospatial data layers, to...

Climate Investor One announces first close at USD 412mn

Climate Investor One is the inaugural financing facility launched by Climate Fund Managers (CFM), and incubated and developed within the auspices of the Global Lab. It is the first of an intended series of climate finance initiatives designed to combat the detrimental...

Wall Street Journal on CRAFT and the Lab

Lightsmith Group, a new firm founded by former Siguler Guff & Co. partner Jay Koh, is getting closer to launching a private-equity fund to invest in protecting communities from droughts, floods and threats from a changing global climate. The New York firm is...

MoMo4Climate opens first call for proposals

The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals. MoMo is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate mitigation or adaptation programs. The challenge is to send a proposal that can attract private investors....

Financial Times: The drive for a social purpose

“What if that bond in your fixed income portfolio not only paid you a decent interest rate but also saved a giant forest from succumbing to wildfires? What if your latest venture capital investment not only earned you a fat return but also provided jobs for...

Energy Savings Insurance scales across Latin America and beyond

March 2, 2017— Energy Savings Insurance overcomes investment barriers to energy efficiency by providing an insurance product for projected energy savings for efficiency projects undertaken by small and medium sized enterprises. Endorsed by the Global Innovation Lab...

Oasis Platform pilot moves forward in Asia

March 1, 2017–The pilot of the Oasis Platform for Climate and Catastrophe Risk Assessment in Asia has passed the pre-selection process of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear...

New Global Lab instruments in development

December 6, 2016, London – The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has selected three new ideas for climate finance instruments to move forward for further analysis, development, and preparation for launching in its 2016-2017 cycle – a cloud forest conservation...

USAID Partners with Climate Investor One

Climate Fund Managers, the Fund Manager to Climate Investor One recently announced a new association with USAID through their Power Africa programme. USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic...

Climate Investor One sign first term sheet

During the Making Solar Bankable conference of 18-19 February 2016 in Amsterdam, Climate Investor One witnessed the signing of its first term sheet – a significant operational milestone in what has already been an exciting start to 2016 for Climate Fund Managers, the...

Germany to provide €30mn to TCX for currency hedging instruments

PARIS – During the Lima-Paris Action Agenda from COP21, The German Environmental Ministry announced it will provide €30million to the hedging specialist TCX, one of the implementing entities of the Long-Term FX Risk Management Instrument alongside IFC. The Ministry...

President Obama’s climate change action plan includes The Lab

At the United Nations on September 23, President Obama participated in the Climate Summit — a meeting of world leaders to showcase climate action commitments from governments, local leaders, and the private sector. Part of the White House action plan is to mobilize...

The Lab seeks a Senior Associate

The Lab Secretariat is looking for a talented and a motivated individual at Senior Associate level. This position will play a key role in the initiative, and over the next year will work to help shape and launch the Second Lab Cycle, incorporating learning and...

G-7 voices support for The Lab

Group of Seven leaders met in Bavaria, Germany June 7-8. In the communique released following their meetings, the G-7 committed to accelerating access to renewable energy in developing countries by building on The Lab and other initiatives. Read more

ClimateWire features Energy Savings Insurance

From the article featuring The Lab instrument, Energy Savings Insurance: “The idea — which is among four proposals from nearly 100 applications — is to underwrite energy efficiency investments. The Inter-American Development Bank has pledged a $20...

Michael Liebreich Held A Webinar On FiRe 2015

Michael Liebreich, the founder of Finance for Resilience (FiRe) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) held a webinar on FiRe 2015. Discussion topics included a background to FiRe, the different FiRe roles, the achievements of FiRe 2014 and what qualifies as a good...

Banking Exchange: 5 “green” resolutions for bankers

From the article featuring The Lab: “A wave is building, formed of billions, even trillions of dollars in available financing for “green” purposes and projects. Banks and asset managers have seen an upsurge in the preference for “green” investments, exemplified...

RMI Holds Kick-Off Event For Business Renewables Center

The FiRe winner “Business Resource Center (BRC)” launched by the Rocky Mountains Institute (RMI) hosted its kick-off event on 3 November in New York. With over 60 participants ranging from Fortune 500 corporations, project developers to service providers and...

IDB blogs about The Lab and ASCAF

Kelle Bevine is Chief of Strategy within IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF). She recently blogged about The Lab’s process and one of the ideas – the Agricultural Supply Chain Adaptation Facility. Read more

Great Sea Reef Development Company (GSR DevCo)

Great Sea Reef Development Company (GSR DevCo) creates an investment fund to support early-stage businesses and commercial projects contributing to the protection and restoration of the Great Sea Reef (GSR) in Fiji. The idea addresses the gap for equity risk capital...

Accelerating Sustainable Public Lighting Africa

Accelerating Sustainable Public Lighting Africa is a rent-to-own delivery model that accelerates the installation of sustainable public lighting by overcoming financial barriers in areas that do not have resources to initiate street lighting at all. Through Energy...

LandscapeCPR

LandscapeCPR is a sustainable farm development and asset management business to acquire and restore degraded farmland. Restored farmland becomes “nucleus farms,” which serve as the center for smallholder-outgrower operations to improve sustainable agriculture...
GreenStreet Africa Development Company

GreenStreet Africa Development Company

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the largest Energy Access gaps on the planet: Less than half of the region’s population has access to reliable electricity. This problem extends beyond households to civic life, where hospitals, schools and other essential services lack...
Monetizing Water Savings

Monetizing Water Savings

Inefficient water use by agricultural producers in water-stressed regions of emerging markets is increasing the vulnerability of smallholder rural farmers in arid and semi-arid areas, while also affecting regional water supply and food production security. Improving...
TerraFund | Rural Prosperity Bond

TerraFund | Rural Prosperity Bond

In November 2021, TerraFund for AFR100 launched at the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26). Learn more about how it is funding 100 small-scale and locally led land restoration enterprises and non-profits across Africa at africa.terramatch.org. *** As...
Sub-National Climate Finance Initiative (SCF)

Sub-National Climate Finance Initiative (SCF)

Over two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Urban infrastructure built over the next 30 years to accommodate this growth will largely determine whether the world locks in a high-emissions, non-resilient future or reaches global...

MaliBuluu / MaliVerde

Overview MaliBuluu (Blue Wealth) / MaliVerde (Green Wealth) is a large scale grant fund mechanism for climate adaptation and mitigation projects for smallholder farmers and fishers in African countries. The majority of this group is not investable in by the...

Clean Energy Bank for Smallholder Farmers

Overview The Clean Energy Bank for Smallholder Farmers aims to enhance income and as an extension quality of life for smallholder farmers in Nigeria, as well as increase clean energy access. It is a micro-finance facility that offtakes smallholder produce, returning...

Cocoa Climate Resilience Fund

Overview Cocoa Climate Resilience Fund aims to accelerate climate adaptation measures for smallholder farmers in the cocoa sector in West Africa, such as shading and crop diversification. By financing these measures, the fund aims to protect and improve farmers’...

Pact Global Solar Fund

Overview Pact Global Solar Fund aims to expand access to energy and accelerate economic development in emerging markets by providing low-cost consumer and small business finance solutions for solar home systems and productive use equipment. The Problem Over one...

Blue Carbon Resilience Credit

Overview Blue Carbon Resilience Credit aims to mobilize finance for adaptation and resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. It is a hybrid blue carbon and resilience credit, where corporations seeking to offset their carbon footprint can buy credits to fund...

Capital Markets Solutions for Urban Resiliency

Overview Capital Market Solutions for Urban Resiliency aims to drive critical investment to climate resilience infrastructure in cities in Latin America. It is a bond mechanism that pools small cities and municipalities to finance climate resilient projects,...
The West African Initiative for Climate Smart Agriculture

The West African Initiative for Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate change is impacting agricultural productivity in West Africa. Smallholder farmers, who supply up to 80% of produce in the region, are among the most vulnerable to its effects. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can offer smallholders a way to better absorb...
Blockchain Climate Risk Crop Insurance

Blockchain Climate Risk Crop Insurance

In developing countries, only 20% of smallholder farmers have access to agricultural insurance coverage, and in sub-Saharan Africa this falls further to just 3%. At the same time, climate vulnerability of crops is increasing and smallholders have not yet fully...
Solar Securitization for Rwanda

Solar Securitization for Rwanda

Currently, 185 million people in East Africa are without access to electricity, relying on high-cost and carbon intensive diesel generators or hazardous kerosene lamps. Off-grid solar home systems offer a clean, reliable, and affordable energy solution for homes in...
Restoration Insurance Service Company (RISCO)

Restoration Insurance Service Company (RISCO)

Mangroves are critical for climate adaptation and mitigation. Globally, mangroves protect more than 18 million people and lessen the flood damage to coastal properties and assets by more than US$ 82 billion a year. At the same time, mangroves provide enormous...
The Breathe Better Bond Initiative

The Breathe Better Bond Initiative

Globally, four out of every five people living in cities are exposed to polluted and unsafe air. In addition, cities are a major contributor to climate change, responsible for around 70% of global CO2 emissions. And cities are growing. An estimated 2.5 to 3 billion...
Cooling as a Service (CaaS)

Cooling as a Service (CaaS)

Limiting emissions from air conditioning and cooling systems is critical to achieving global climate goals. Space cooling accounts for 10% of global electricity consumption, and fugitive emissions of refrigerants like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) can have 200-20,000...
Pay As You Save for Clean Transport

Pay As You Save for Clean Transport

Electrifying transportation is critical to meeting climate goals. Electric transit buses offer a strong starting point: they have a compelling business case, and can reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. With declining battery costs and lower fuel and...
Green Aggregation Tech Enterprise (GATE)

Green Aggregation Tech Enterprise (GATE)

Africa faces the challenge of providing electricity to 600 million people. Most sub-Saharan Africans without power live in remote areas. Mini-grids, small-scale systems that can operate without being connected to a centralized grid, represent an opportunity to provide...
Smallholder Forestry Vehicle

Smallholder Forestry Vehicle

In Africa, 65% of land is affected by degradation, reducing the resilience of communities to drought, flood, and other effects of climate change. At the same time, as African economies grow and urbanize, demand for domestic industrial wood products continues to rise,...
Blue Energy Mechanism

Blue Energy Mechanism

Deforestation threatens food security, clean water, and the livelihoods of local communities. Deforestation also increases the probability and severity of extreme events such as flooding and landslides (World Bank, 2016). In addition, it is a key driver of climate...
Renewable Energy Scale-Up Facility (RESF)

Renewable Energy Scale-Up Facility (RESF)

Total renewable energy investment in developing countries falls far short of what’s needed to prevent catastrophic climate change and develop low carbon economies. In particular, renewable energy project developers in many emerging markets do not have access to the...
Water Financing Facility

Water Financing Facility

Climate change poses a threat to water resources, particularly for poor communities who are more vulnerable to extreme weather events. To meet 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, annual investment in water supply and sanitation in developing countries needs to...
Greenfi | Climate-Smart Lending Platform

Greenfi | Climate-Smart Lending Platform

The productivity and income levels of many of the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers could be improved with better access to finance, modern technologies, and improved farming practices. Smallholder finance is growing in scale, but a USD 150 billion financing gap...
Energy Efficiency Enabling Initiative

Energy Efficiency Enabling Initiative

Energy efficiency has enormous potential to help achieve global climate objectives, but current investment levels fall far short of what is needed to stay within a 2°Celsius climate scenario. The IEA estimates that USD 13.5 trillion in cumulative investment will be...

Small-Scale Renewables Financing Facility

Small-scale renewable energy can play a key role increasing energy access and driving low-carbon development. However, obtaining adequate financing for small projects can be a major challenge. This instrument aims to increase investment in small-scale renewables from...

Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA)

In addition to being selected as a shortlisted idea for the Global Lab 2015-2016 cycle, CEIA was also a finalist in the 2016 Fire Awards. Private investors require high-quality, vetted and de-risked projects that are “construction ready” (e.g. all permits, licenses,...
Energy Savings Insurance

Energy Savings Insurance

Energy efficiency upgrades can make small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in developing countries more competitive and more productive, saving them money while reducing their emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. However, the market for such upgrades is typically...
Long-Term FX Risk Management

Long-Term FX Risk Management

Currency risk is one of the biggest and most persistent barriers to renewable energy and climate investment in developing countries. In countries with underdeveloped capital markets, like the majority of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the only viable option is to...
Agricultural Supply Chain Adaptation Facility

Agricultural Supply Chain Adaptation Facility

Climate change threatens agricultural production, posing challenges to the stability of supply chains. Farmers will need to adapt their practices to become less vulnerable, but often lack skills, incentives, and access to medium- to long-term finance at affordable...

Renewable Energy Platform for Institutional Investors (REPIN)

Renewable energy investments offer long horizons, predictable cash-flows, diversification, and excess yields. These attributes can align well with the needs of many institutional investors, a group that collectively manages over USD 70 trillion in assets. However,...
Climate Investor One

Climate Investor One

In recent years, many developing countries have established supportive regulatory frameworks for private investment in renewable energy projects. However, finance for these projects remains a challenge: Projects can fail or face severe delays due to lack of expertise...

Debt Fund for Prepaid Energy Access

Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Off-grid renewable energy has the potential to significantly increase access to energy, however, lack of upfront capital to pay for these systems is a key barrier preventing this technology...
Global Renewable Independent Power Supplier (GRIPS)

Global Renewable Independent Power Supplier (GRIPS)

2016 Fire Awards Winner In addition to being selected as a 2016 Fire Awards winner, GRIPS was also selected as a shortlisted idea for the 2014-2015 Global Lab cycle. Champion Alexander Voigt, CEO, GRIPS Energy AG Context A significant portion of the industrial...
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