Driving finance for climate action in Brazil
Brazil aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% below 2005 levels by 2025, and by 43% by 2030. To this end, the country intends to achieve zero illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and to restore 12 million hectares of forests, while also increasing the use of renewables to 45% of the energy mix, among other measures. However, like in many emerging economies, funding to meet these targets remains a challenge.
To overcome this problem, in October 2016, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) established a local network of public and private investors and leaders to identify, develop, and launch transformative investment solutions that can drive funds for Brazil’s national climate priorities.
The Brazil program of the Lab was initially launched under the auspices of the Brazil-U.S. Climate Change Working Group in 2016 and is now funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection, and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU), through implementation support from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Climate Policy Initiative serves as the Secretariat and analytical provider.
Impulsionando o financiamento climático no Brasil
O Brasil pretende reduzir as emissões de gases de efeito estufa em 37% abaixo dos níveis de 2005 até 2025. Para isso, o país quer atingir zero desmatamento ilegal na Amazônia e restaurar 12 milhões de hectares de florestas, ao mesmo tempo em que aumenta o uso de energias renováveis para 45% da matriz energética, entre outras medidas. No entanto, como em muitas economias emergentes, o financiamento para atingir essas metas continua sendo um desafio.
Para superar esse problema, em outubro de 2016, o Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (Lab) criou uma rede local de investidores e líderes dos setores público e privado para identificar, desenvolver e lançar soluções de investimento transformadoras que podem direcionar recursos para as prioridades climáticas brasileiras.
O programa do Lab no Brasil foi lançado em 2016, inicialmente sob os auspícios do Grupo de Trabalho Brasil-EUA sobre Mudanças Climáticas, e agora é financiado pelo Ministério Federal do Meio Ambiente, Proteção da Natureza e Segurança Nuclear da Alemanha (BMU), com apoio à implementação da Sociedade Alemã para Cooperação Internacional (GIZ). A Climate Policy Initiative faz a gestão do programa.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
João Ciccarini & Thiago Bienias
Nabil Kadri & Raphael Stein
Pedro Moura Costa
BVRio Environmental Exchange Platform
GEF Capital Partners
Ministry of Economy
Amal-Lee Amin & Juliana Almeida
Inter-American Development Bank
Leonardo Bichara & Oliver Page
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Luiz Daniel de Campos
IFC/World Bank Group
Partnerships for Forests (P4F)
The structure aims to unlock more than US $500 million in off-balance-sheet energy efficiency projects and serve as a lighthouse project for energy efficiency in Brazil. It provides capital for ESCOs and off-takers without compromising their balance-sheets.
The organization seeks to promote the sustainable development of low-income communities in Rio, through distributed solar energy. With solar energy in a rental model, they operate a community fund to make energy affordable and sustainable.
The fund creates a business platform that can develop a variety of financial products tailored to specific communities and enterprises, addressing the gap in the way small-scale farms and forest-dwellers in Brazil access available financing.
An instrument to enhance the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies (SATs) in Brazil by creating a credit facility for farmers who pass a Sustainable Agriculture Certification.
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
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
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
A business model to provide resources and technical assistance to intensify and increase cattle production in Brazil, while also restoring degraded pastures and forests, and decreasing deforestation
An instrument to package and securitize the cashflows of renewable energy projects and sell shares in local capital markets, providing long-term finance for projects in Brazil
An instrument to finance distributed renewable energy systems in agricultural and transport cooperatives, which can help Brazil increase its share of renewables in its power supply and mitigate its carbon emissions
News & Events
Projeto #Colabora published a piece about the two Brazilian instruments selected for the Global Innovation for Climate Finance 2020 cycle. The site covers all related to UN Sustainable Development Goals. “The Conexsus Impact Fund seeks to catalyze investments in community companies associated with value chains that improve land use, avoiding deforestation and pressure on natural resources. […]
Valor Econômico, the main business newspaper in Brazil, published a story about the two Brazilian instruments selected by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. The note describes both Conexsus Impact Fund and Sustainable Agriculture Finance Facility, saying “the two projects intend to unlock a total of US $ 2 billion in financing in up […]
The Lab announces 2020 program winners to mobilize investment for sustainable cities, energy access, nature-based solutions, and sustainable agriculture
Mar 5, 2020 LONDON – The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), an investor-led initiative that identifies, develops, and launches promising solutions to drive critical public and private investment to action on climate change in developing countries, has selected its top eight ideas for 2020, the 6th year of its annual competition. The Lab […]
The Brazilian national newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo featured the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance 2020 call for ideas. The note highlights the participation of financial institutions among the 60+ Lab members and their role in selecting the instruments for the new cycle. Read the full note here, in Portuguese only.
Since 2014, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has launched 41 innovative climate finance instruments that have collectively mobilized $2 billion in investments from public and private investors. It is currently accepting ideas of innovative instruments for the 2020 cycle. 13 December 2019 London – This week, as world leaders gather in Madrid for […]
O Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (Lab) está buscando ideias de instrumentos inovadores de investimento sustentável para projetos de mitigação e adaptação climática em países em desenvolvimento. Este ano, há uma chamada especial para ideias de acesso à energia sustentável, cidades sustentáveis, agricultura sustentável e soluções baseadas na natureza, e com foco em Brasil, […]
Download here the presentation for this webinar. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance is currently accepting proposals for financial instruments that can unlock investment to tackle some of the most difficult sustainable development challenges. In five years, the Lab has launched 41 innovative financial instruments that have collectively mobilized nearly US$ 2 billion […]
An instrument from the Lab’s 2018 cycle, Distributed Energy for Social Housing (DESH) signed a memorandum of understanding with the municipality of Belo Horizonte on July 22nd. DESH offers cheaper distributed solar energy for low-income tenants. Through this partnership, PopLuz, the implementing product of DESH, is registering potential customers among residents of popular housing. Proponents Endless and […]
Instrumento lançado pelo Lab no Brasil em 2018, Distributed Energy for Social Housing (DESH) assinou um memorando de entendimento com a prefeitura de Belo Horizonte, no dia 22 de julho. O serviço oferece energia solar mais barata a condomínios de baixa renda. Através da parceria, o PopLuz, produto comercial resultante do DESH, fará o cadastro […]
Convergence awards grant to Albion Capital & Climate Policy Initiative to develop innovative asset-backed securitization for green projects in BrazilJuly 24, 2019
Albion Capital has received a grant from Convergence, a global network for blended finance, to develop a new Green FIDC, a 2016-2017 Lab Instrument. The proponent has already launched a successful pilot in the residential solar market in Brazil and has a project pipeline of close to BRL 1 billion. The instrument bridges the gap […]
O instrumento do Brasil Lab Responsible Commodities Facility anunciou um plano para financiar em US$ 1 bilhão a produção de 180 milhões de toneladas de soja e milho “responsáveis” nos próximos quatro anos. Com apoio do governo britânico e do programa das Nações Unidos para o Ambiente, o instrumento financeiro oferecerá linhas de crédito adicionais […]
2018 Brasil Lab instrument Responsible Commodities Facility announced a plan to provide US$1 billion over the next four years to fund the production of more than 180 million tonnes of responsible soy and corn in Brazil. With support from the UK Government’s programme Partnerships for Forests and a collaboration agreement with the UN Environment (UNEP), […]
Responsible Commodities Facility, 2018 Brasil Lab instrument, launches at London Climate Action WeekJuly 4, 2019
Today, Sustainable Investment Management Ltd (SIM) launched The Responsible Commodities Facility, a 2017-2018 Lab instrument, at London Climate Action Week. The instrument will supply international markets with a different class of soy that is not linked to any deforestation (including legal) in the Brazilian Cerrado. It aims to channel low cost loans to 600 farms, […]
O CPI, Secretariado Lab, lançou uma nova “chamada para ideias” de instrumentos financeiros para o ciclo de 2017-2018. Buscamos ideias inovadoras e executáveis de instrumentos financeiros que possam alavancar significativamente recursos financeiros para o desenvolvimento sustentável. Essa chamada para ideias engloba os quarto programas do Lab: the Global Lab, India Lab, Brasil Lab, e o […]
Get2C foi distinguida pela competição internacional The Lab, cuja sessão de apresentação decorre à margem da Semana do Clima de Nova Iorque. Read more: https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/empresas/inovacao-portuguesa-no-financiamento-do-clima-apresentada-em-nova-iorque/
Latin American cloud forests, energy-saving street lights in Rio de Janeiro and sustainable cattle ranching in the Amazon will get a boost from new financial instruments to channel capital for tackling climate change, their backers said. The Lab, a network of programs that incubates sustainable finance mechanisms, expects to attract an initial $855 million to […]
The Brasil Innovation Lab for Climate Finance – a group of public and private investors and finance experts on land use and energy in Brazil – continues to make progress on three financial instruments which could catalyze large-scale investment in Brazil. Brasil Lab Members recently convened to review progress on the instruments’ development and recommend […]
Rio de Janeiro, February 9, 2017 — Brazil aims to reduce emissions by 37% by 2025, mostly through changes in its land use and energy sectors. Like in many emerging economies, however, funding to meet these targets remains a challenge. This week, a group of public and private investors met for the first time in […]
Brasil Lab Lead