The Ideas

The ideas featured on this page have been shortlisted as the most promising transformative green finance instruments from hundreds of submissions via an open call for ideas. At the beginning of each Lab cycle, Lab Members vote on the top several shortlisted ideas to move into development, benefiting from guidance from Lab Members and expert working groups, as well as from in-depth analysis provided by the Lab Secretariat. Depending on their development, at the end of each cycle, several instruments are endorsed by the Lab for launch and piloting. For more details about the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance’s approach, visit how it works.

Endorsed 2018

An electric bus battery financing mechanism to provide long-term debt financing to the electric transit sector in India, and reduce the ownership cost of electric buses to compete with diesel buses

Endorsed 2018

A facility to deploy more electric auto-rickshaws in Indian cities and provide better livelihoods for auto-rickshaw drivers, through a model that provides up to 100% debt financing at competitive rates, and opportunities for driver ownership

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to accelerate mass adoption of residential rooftop solar to power 200 million households in India, through standardized product offering, easy financing and efficient execution at scale

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to accelerate investment in clean transit by lowering the upfront cost of electric buses, allowing a utility to capitalize the on-board battery and charging station for bus owners and recover its costs with a predictable monthly charge

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to increase clean energy access through mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa, by addressing demand and revenue risk through a risk pooling guarantee

Endorsed 2018

A mechanism to scale up sustainable forestry in Africa through which investors buy portfolios of trees that have been planted by smallholders on degraded land, and recoup their investment once the trees are harvested and sold

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to enable distributed solar energy for low-income tenants in Brazil who cannot make the investments or don’t have access to credit, by providing a robust legal and financial structure to make it an attractive and low-risk investment option

Endorsed 2018

A fund to increase forest restoration in the Amazon by investing and providing technical assistance to restore degraded lands in smallholders’ farms with agroforestry systems and, at the same time, developing and facilitating sales of their products

Endorsed 2018

A vehicle to promote the responsible production of commodities, particularly soy, in the Brazilian Cerrado biome, through incentives to plant in already cleared and degraded lands